Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 19, 2014… PGA TOUR Player
Hunter Mahan was presented with his all-electric BMW i3 today after
scoring a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during the 2013 BMW
Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. In
addition to receiving the BMW i3, Mahan met Melyzjah Smith, the 2013
BMW Hole-in-One Scholar, who was awarded a full, four-year tuition and
housing grant as a result of Mahan’s hole-in-one.
All net proceeds from the BMW Championship conducted by the WGA
benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which grants full college
scholarships to deserving young caddies. Since BMW became title
sponsor in 2007, the tournament has contributed more than $16 million
to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Named Tournament of the Year by the
PGA TOUR in 2012 and 2013, the BMW Championship is the penultimate
event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs.
The BMW Hole-In-One scholarship provides a four-year Evans
Scholarship in honor of any player who scores the first hole-in-one on
any hole during the BMW Championship. At The Barclays tournament in
Paramus, NJ, Mahan received his BMW i3 and met Smith, a current
sophomore studying architectural engineering at the University of Colorado.
In addition to supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation through the
BMW Championship, BMW of North America, LLC also provides a summer
internship program for Evans Scholars to work for BMW, offering them
real-world experience and invaluable insight into their future careers.
The BMW i3 is constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon
fiber. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous
electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh
lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving.
The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model has
a starting MSRP of $45,200.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity
Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity
Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car
dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding
Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is
located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
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Evans Scholars Foundation
The WGA champions education through golf by sponsoring the Evans
Scholars Program, the sole charitable beneficiary of the BMW
Championship. Established by famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick”
Evans, Jr., the program provides full housing and tuition scholarships
to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, 840 caddies are
attending college on Evans Scholarships and there are over 9,800 Evans
Alumni. The WGA’s Board of Governors has set a goal of having 1,000
Evans Scholars enrolled in college annually by 2020. The Evans Program
is funded by contributions from more than 26,000 donors across the
country, including many Evans Alumni, and by proceeds from the BMW Championship.