While the pressure of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs set in, few players rise to the occasion when the stakes are raised. After an opening round of 7-under to take the early lead at the 2017 BMW Championship, Jason Day aced a 188-yard shot on No. 17 during the second round at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, with a 7-iron.
The result of the 2015 BMW Championship winner’s accomplishment was more than just bragging rights, however. Day’s shot secured the donation of a full, four-year BMW Hole-In-One Scholarship totaling $100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation. This marked the fifth time that a BMW Hole-In-One Scholarship has been delivered — the last came in 2015 when Jordan Spieth’s hole-in-one resulted in the donation of a scholarship to BMW Hole-In-One Scholar Hayden Bauschka.
Day made his impressive shot on one of the two holes at the BMW Championship that awards a new BMW to the first player to make a hole-in-one. For his achievement, Day captured the all-new BMW M760i xDrive. In a moving act of generosity, the golfer opted to donate the vehicle to the Evans Scholar Foundation.
“On the [PGA] TOUR, we aim to give back. For BMW to give back as well and put a student through college is huge,” said Day after his shot. “I’m going to donate the car to help an additional student, because I am in a fortunate position, and being able to not only impact another person’s life but to also get them through college is huge as well.”
Additionally, in honor of caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay’s induction into The Caddie Hall of Fame during the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am Awards dinner, BMW donated an extra $50,000 to the Evans Scholar Foundation on his behalf. In total, the 2017 BMW Championship raised $2.6 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation, bringing the event’s running donation total to $27 million.
The 2018 BMW Championship is scheduled to emanate from Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, from Sept. 4-9.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.