Media Day previews 2019 BMW Championship
MEDINAH, IL – Media and guests awaiting the 2019 BMW Championship this August filled the clubhouse at Medinah Country Club on July 1 for an exciting preview day hosted by the Western Golf Association.
The morning started with Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association, welcoming guests and hosting a Skype interview with defending BMW Championship winner Keegan Bradley. Bradley fielded questions his win at Aronimink Golf Club last year, his performance to date in 2019 and his memories of Medinah’s Course No. 3 from the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Following the conversation with Bradley, Frank Morley, Chairman of Western Golf Association, spoke about the Evans Scholars Foundation and the vital role of the BMW Championship in providing funding for caddie scholarships. Kyle Harwin, one of 10 Evans Scholars from Medinah who will be in school this fall, shared his experiences with caddying and emphasized the ways in which the Scholarship has changed his life and positively impacted his family.
Shifting to discussion of the course itself, Bruce D’Angelo, President of Medinah Country Club, talked about the highlights and history of the course. Medinah has a rich tradition of hosting major championships, including the U.S. Open (1949, 1975, 1990), the PGA Championship (1999 and 2006) and the Ryder Cup (2012). Medinah also hosted the 1939, 1962 and 1966 Western Opens.
The morning concluded with Pellegrino previewing what to expect at the 2019 BMW Championship, including the first-rate spectator experience and the opportunity to watch the top 70 golfers in the world compete in a historic setting near Chicago.