An Interview with Alex McCarty, Manager of the 2018 BMW Championship

Alex McCarty
In November 2017 representatives from Destination Delco visited Aronimink Golf Club and spoke with Alex McCarty, Manager of the 2018 BMW Championship conducted by the Western Golf Association.

According to Alex, “Aronimink Golf Club is in the second stage of a major restoration of the course that will return the terrain to its original configuration as designed by Donald Ross in 1926.”

The first part of the restoration was completed in early 2017, and when we arrived in November much of the landscape was filled with heavy equipment in the process of refurbishing bunkers, seeding fairways, and leveling driving tees and putting greens.

“Over the years,” Alex continued, “banks of individual bunkers had worn down to become one bunker. The course reconstruction will separate them and bring back the views and shadow lines as envisioned by the designer.”

“The rebuilding was a members decision,” said Alex. “And the golfers have been very understanding of the inconvenience while looking forward to playing the course the way it was intended…. as well as having the
BMW Championship here in September.”

The fairway between holes # 7 and #8 is one of the most picturesque on the course.The views are breath taking even in late November and through course reconstruction.
When asked about “why” BMW selected the Aronimink, Alex had no problem replying, “Well, it is a magnificent course, and the setting and location of the Club are superb. Plus the BMW Championship has raised more than $19.6 million for the Platt Evans Scholars Foundation. Supported by Western Golf Association, the Foundation awards full tuition and housing scholarships to caddies of modest means. Of the 870 Platt Evans Scholars enrolled at 18 universities across the country 8 are from Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships to Penn State University. Funds will also be used to establish a scholarship house at Penn State-University Park, where Scholars will live together.  (Click here for more information on the Evans Scholarship Program)

“What many people don’t realize is that many Clubs have discontinued the ‘caddie’ concept, while Aronimink and its members continue to support the program, realizing that it is a tradition that is valuable to the game and to the young people who it helps support.”

Alex drove us past Hole 7, one of the most photogenic on the course past some current construction to Hole 9 which will share a tee box with number 17 when completed.  The fairway of #9 is a long uphill walk to the clubhouse where we concluded our interview.

When asked about sponsorship opportunities, Alex explained that BMW was the title sponsor, but that there are many opportunities for businesses and organizations to participate. For more information on corporate opportunities click here.

“One of the greatest features of the BMW Championship is the 70 top players who will be here to compete for a collective prize of $10 million,” said Alex.  “That’s impressive!”