It’s one of the best charities in golf, and it helps grow the sport of golf across the world.

The Western Golf Association (WGA) has been running the Western Open or the BMW Championship for over 100 years. For many years the Evans Scholarships have been sought by many high school and college age kids trying to earn a ride to college. In some cases it’s the difference between some kids being able to attend college or not going at all.



Schaumburg Tournament Course Par 3, 6th hole.

This year the WGA has announced that the contribution from the championship was $2.8 million dollars.

The 2016 BMW Championship was contested at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana. In 2017 the championship moved back to Lake Forest Illinois and the Conway Farms Golf Club.

The largest fundraiser for the Evans Scholarship Fund is named after golf great Chick Evans, is currently the BMW Championship.


Schaumburg GC General Manager Jon Parsons sets up the new simulators for play.                                                             This years BMW championship drew over 120,000 spectators to Crooked Stick. Since BMW has joined the championship as it’s title sponsor, it has helped raise $24.4 million dollars.Current and former Evans Scholars worked in various capacities through out the tournament, with them donating much of their tips back into the foundation. This amount of money raised over $1 million dollars. Many of scholars worked at the putting challenge to raise additional funds.


The new simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club, downstairs from Chandlers Chop House.                                                                                                ” We are proud to once again contribute to a cause that does so much good for so many deserving caddies and their families,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior VP of Tournaments. “The tremendous support we received from Indiana golf fans and the local regional corporate communities helps ensure the Evans Scholars Foundation is able to continue awarding full tuition and housing scholarships to young men and women.”














The dates for next years BMW Championship at Conway Farms have now been set for September 12-17 of 2017. 2016 champion Dustin Johnson is expected to defend his title at Conway Farms. For more information on the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation please visit

Futures site for the BMW Championship include in 2018 the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia, and in 2019 the Medinah Country Club in the northwest suburban Chicago area.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.