Jay Wright and Ron Jaworski to Play in BMW Championship Pro-Am

Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright and legendary Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski are scheduled to play next week in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Wright and Jaworski are expected to tee it up alongside some of the top players on the PGA TOUR in next week’s Pro-Am, which will help fund full tuition and housing Platt Evans Scholarships for caddies attending Penn State University in University Park.

“The Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am is such a special part of tournament week, and we’re honored that Coach Wright and Jaws are planning to join us for this exciting day of golf at Aronimink,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association.

All proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships for caddies attending Penn State University and to establish a scholarship house at Penn State-University Park, where scholarship recipients will live together. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised $27 million to fund college scholarships for caddies of modest means.

About the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship dates back to 1899 when it debuted as the Western Open, making it the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only the British Open and U.S. Open. BMW has sponsored the tournament since 2007 when it became the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The BMW Championship features a field of the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings to determine the final 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has contributed $27 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation, the event’s charitable beneficiary. To learn more, visit www.bmwchampionship.com.

About Aronimink Golf Club
Founded in 1896 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Aronimink Golf Club is regularly rated among the top golf courses in the United States. The club’s par 70 course, designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross, plays 7,190 yards from the championship tees. Named for a Lenape Native American chief, the course is framed by evergreens and hardwoods and is a classic American parkland design.

About the Western Golf Association
The Western Golf Association conducts three national golf championships and sponsors the nationally acclaimed Evans Scholars Foundation. Headquartered in Golf, Illinois, the organization was founded in 1899 by 11 Chicago-area golf clubs to promote their interests in golf. In addition to the BMW Championship, the WGA conducts two prestigious amateur championships, the Western Amateur and the Western Junior. To learn more, visit www.wgaesf.org.

About the Evans Scholars Foundation
Established by famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to high-achieving caddies from across the country. The Program, supported by the Western Golf Association, is funded by contributions from more than 31,800 donors nationwide, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from WGA championships. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 10,600 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars. To learn more, visit www.wgaesf.org.

About the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust
Since its inception, more than $20 million in tuition grants have been provided to 3,450 caddie scholars. Established in 1958 by the Golf Association of Philadelphia, The Trust honors J. Wood Platt, who was a premier amateur golfer and two-time President of the Golf Association of Philadelphia. As a partial scholarship program, each caddie scholar can receive up to $10,000 per year is in tuition assistance. The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust has partnered with the Evans Scholars Foundation to equally fund full housing and tuition college scholarships to Penn State University. To learn more, visit www.plattcaddiescholarship.org.

About the Platt Evans Scholarship
Started in 2013, the Platt Evans Scholarship is co-sponsored by the Evans Scholars Foundation and the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Awarded to caddies from Golf Association of Philadelphia clubs, Platt Evans Scholars earn full tuition and housing scholarships to Penn State-University Park. Recipients meet the criteria of both programs and are considered Evans Scholars and Platt Scholars.