WGA ANNOUNCES 2021 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP TO CAVES VALLEY

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     THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. In the studio at WNDZ-AM 750 Chicago. (R) Western Golf Association (WGA) Sr. VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino talks about the BMW Championship in 2019.

  CAVES VALLEY GOLF CLUB in Owings Mills, Maryland. A northwest suburb of Baltimore Maryland, will host the 2021 BMW Championship. (L) the 18th green complex, (R) the par 3 17th hole.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) has announced what’s been expected for several weeks, that the 2021 BMW Championship will be played at Caves Valley golf Club outside of Baltimore Maryland. This years BMW championships will be played at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago’s southern suburbs. The final year of the BMW contract extension that was announced at Medinah last August, will be in 2022, and that site has not yet been announced.

“We’re thrilled to be taking the BMW Championship to Caves Valley, one of the finest clubs anywhere in the United States,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “The clubs scenic and challenging course layout will provide a perfect test for the worlds top players and a remarkable for the fans and PGA Tour Partners.”

2021 will put the BMW Championship out in the east part of the country for the second time in just four years, with the BMW Championship being played in 2018 at the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia.

The Caves Valley GC clubhouse.

“This is a terrific recognition of the remarkable golf experience at Caves Valley, and we are confident the golfers will find our course a great test,” said Steve Fader, chairman of the Caves Valley Golf Club. “Golf fans will enjoy a terrific fan experience watching the best players compete here in Baltimore.”

Caves Valley opened in 1991 and was designed by golf architect Tom Fazio, and works it’s way through 962 acres of rolling hills, pastures, wooded areas and wetlands.

The club has hosted championships, both professional and amateur over the years. From various tours, and including the United States Golf Association. The inaugural Ladies PGA (LPGA)-UL International Crown was played at Caves Valley in 2014.

“Maryland looks forward to welcoming the top 70 players on the PGA Tour for what will be an incredible experience at Caves Valley Golf Club, ” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This event will position Maryland as an outstanding golf destination and will draw tens of thousands of spectators who will contribute significantly to our states thriving economy.”

Western Golf Association CEO John Kaczkowski says the BMW Championship at Caves Valley offers an opportunity to increase awareness for the Evans Scholars Foundation in a new market of America.

The 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah raised over $4.4 Million dollars for the Evans Scholars Foundation. More information on the WGA and the Evans Scholars Program, or BMW Championship can be found at WGAESF.org.

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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 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.