Olympia Fields Country Club to host 2020 BMW Championship
GOLF, IL – Tournament Officials from the Western Golf Association announced today that the 2020 BMW Championship will be played at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The event is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs, with the TOUR’s top 70 players vying to earn a spot in the season-ending TOUR Championship.
The 2020 BMW Championship will mark the sixth time the event has been contested at Olympia Fields, and the first since 1971 when Bruce Crampton claimed the title. Other past champions of the event at Olympia Fields are Jock Hutchinson (1920), Walter Hagen (1927), Macdonald Smith (1933) and Jack Nicklaus (1968).
Olympia Fields has a rich championship tradition of being a tremendous test for the world’s top players. Most recently, Olympia Fields has hosted the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk; the 2015 U.S. Amateur, won by Bryson DeChambeau; and the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, won by Danielle Kang.
“Olympia Fields holds an important and unique place in the history of the Western Golf Association and in the history of golf in America,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “In addition to our WGA events, several national championships, including two U.S. Opens, have been played at Olympia Fields. We look forward to returning in 2020 to add another memorable chapter to this club’s great tournament history.”
All proceeds benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which has awarded full tuition and housing scholarships to more than 11,500 deserving caddies nationwide since 1930.
“It is a great honor for Olympia Fields Country Club to host the 2020 BMW Championship on our historic North Course, exactly 100 years after Olympia’s first major championship—the 1920 Western Open,” said Joseph Tapajna, president of Olympia Fields Country Club. “Chick Evans, who founded the Evans Scholars Foundation in 1930, was elected as a special member of Olympia Fields Country Club in 1923 and we are proud to say he retained that status for the rest of his life. Our membership looks forward to continuing our legacy of hosting significant golf championships and sharing our fine facilities with the golf community.”
In addition to supporting WGA championships, Olympia Fields has been a steadfast supporter of the Evans Scholars Program. More than 174 Olympia Fields caddies have become Evans Scholars, beginning with Don Dahlke, who earned an Evans Scholarship in 1954 to attend Northwestern University. Six Olympia Fields caddies currently are attending college as Evans Scholars.
The event will be played on Olympia Fields’ famed North Course, designed in 1923 by professional golfer and course architect Willie Park Jr. With the hosting of the U.S. Amateur in 2015, Olympia Fields joined only eight other American clubs – including Winged Foot, Oakland Hills and Cherry Hills – that have hosted the U.S. Open (1928, 2003), the U.S. Senior Open (1997) the PGA Championship (1925, 1961) and the U.S. Amateur.
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