BMW moves to Denver

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Ken Pereira

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  • BMW moves to Denver

BMW moves to Denver

The 2014 BMW championship, which is the third of four events in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx cup will be played in Colorado. The tournament will be played to benefit the Evans Scholarship Foundation and is being conducted by the Western Golf Association. Tournament officials have announced today that the championship will be held at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. According to Vince Pellegrino the vice president of the Western Golf Association (WGA), “Cherry Hills has served as a worthy venue for many of golf’s finest championships and has been a long supporter of the Evans Scholars Foundation”.

The club was founded in 1922 and is located just outside of Denver. Since then Cherry Hills has played host to a number of tournaments including two US Opens, two PGA Championships, a US Women’s Open as well as a US Senior Open. Next year the club will also be the competing ground for its second US Amateur.

The last time that Cherry Hills’ challenging lay out was tested by the worlds' top male professional golfers was back in 1985, when the PGA Championship was held there. A handful of golfers will have the opportunity to do this again in September, 2014. In the past, championships that have been held at Cherry Hills have accommodated some of golf’s finest players- Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Andy North, Ralph Guldahl and Hubert Green. The future event will be bringing a lot of attention to Denver with competition of the highest level taking place at the William Flynn-designed course.

Cherry Hills’ history in supporting championships and scholarships makes it a pertinent adversary for the 2014 BMW Championship. The club has developed many of Evans Scholars candidates among its caddie ranks over the many years it has been running, making it a prominent partner with the WGA. The Evans Scholars program has been receiving funds from the WGA since 1930, putting the money to good use by providing full tuition and housing scholarships for caddies at 19 colleges and universities all across America. Six of Cherry Hills own caddies are currently Evans Scholars at the University of Colorado and in the past 32 Evans Scholars Alumni caddied at the Cherry Hills Country Club. Since the introduction of the BMW Championship, it has toured all over the US in order to gain more publicity and patronage for the Evans Scholars Foundation; soon it will be visiting Denver and widening its support base among the wider Denver community. BMW has been the sponsor for the championship since 2007 when the debut tournament was actualized at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL. In 2009 and 2010 the BMW championship was held at Cog Hill as well, making this year, the courses third consecutive year to host the championship.

It will be the first time, in 2014, that the Western Golf Association, PGA Tour, Cherry Hills Country Club and BMW will teaming up to administer an event. Even with more than two years to go for the event, Cherry Hills’ members and staff are already glowing with electric enthusiasm. According to Andy Pazder the PGA Tours’ executive vice president and chief of operations “Golf fans in the Denver area are among the best in the country”.


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