Viktor Hovland’s hole-in-one results in BMW donation
WILMINGTON, Del. – Viktor Hovland recorded a hole-in-one on the final day of play at the 2022 BMW Championship, resulting in BMW’s donation of the sixth BMW Championship Hole-in-One Evans Scholarship.
The full, four-year tuition and housing scholarship worth $125,000 will be awarded to an Evans Scholar in Hovland’s name later this year. Hovland aced the par-3 second hole on Sunday at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, with a 6-iron from 203 yards.
The hole-in-one propelled Hovland to his best round of the tournament as he recorded a 65 on Sunday to finish at 2-under par. In addition to his eagle on the second, the Norwegian had five birdies, including a 27-foot hole-out from the bunker on the first hole.
When told that his ace would trigger the donation, Hovland remarked: “That’s incredible. The hole-in-one obviously was nice for me, and while it didn’t move me up the leaderboard that much, for it to actually mean something is really cool. I hope that goes a long way.”
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to hardworking young caddies with financial need and strong academic records. Since 2007, BMW has contributed more than $40 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Hovland’s shot marks the sixth time BMW has awarded a Hole-in-One Scholarship. Past recipients include:
Brooklyn Gabriel (2017): Awarded in honor of Jason Day, who aced the 17th hole in the second round of the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Hayden Bauschka (2015): Awarded in honor of Jordan Spieth, who aced the second hole, his 11th hole of the day, in the first round of the 2015 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Melyzjah Smith (2013): Awarded in honor of Hunter Mahan, who aced the 17th hole in the third round of the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Mark Abtahi (2012): Awarded in honor of Steve Stricker, who aced the sixth hole in the second round of the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
Haelena Schwemmer (2010): Awarded in honor of Sean O’Hair, who aced the second hole in the second round of the 2010 BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.
“This generous contribution is one of many ways BMW shows its support for our mission of sending deserving young caddies to college,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation. “We’re grateful to have BMW as our title sponsor and partner, and we’re thrilled to use this donation to fund a full Evans Scholarship.”
For the upcoming school year, a record 1,100 Evans Scholars will attend 22 leading universities nationwide, including two caddies from Wilmington Country Club.