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Conway Farms to host 2015 BMW Championship

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  • Zach Johnson, who earned the J.K. Wadley Trophy after winning the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in 2013, will have a chance to defend his title when the event returns in 2015.

       Zach Johnson, who earned the J.K. Wadley Trophy after winning the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in 2013, will have a chance to defend his title when the event returns in 2015.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • More than 130,000 fans, like these spectators watching Jim Furyk make history with a record 59, attended the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. The course will repeat as BWM host in 2015.

      More than 130,000 fans, like these spectators watching Jim Furyk make history with a record 59, attended the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. The course will repeat as BWM host in 2015.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
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After earning the coveted "Tournament of the Year" Award in 2013 from the PGA Tour, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest was rewarded Thursday when it was named as host of the 2015 BMW Championship.

The 2013 BMW Championship, which raised more than $2.3 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation, attracted more than 130,000 spectators. Lake County officials credit it with an economic impact of more than $30 million.

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"The overwhelming support we received from Chicagoland golf fans, the professionalism of the staff at Conway Farms and the hospitality of its members made the decision to return to Conway Farms an easy one," Vince Pellegrino, the Western Golf Association's senior vice president of tournaments, said in a statement. "We received some great feedback from the 2013 BMW Championship, which will help us make the 2015 BMW Championship even better."

The 2013 BMW Championship was won by Zach Johnson.

"As a member, I'm proud to know that Conway Farms will again be hosting the BMW Championship," said Luke Donald, a PGA Tour member who finished fourth in the 2013 championship. "I'm excited to have another opportunity to compete on my home course against the world's best players."

"We are delighted to bring the BMW Championship back to Conway Farms and work alongside the club and its membership to make 2015 an even more successful event," said Trudy Hardy, vice president of marketing, BMW of North America.

The 2014 BMW Championship is set for Sept. 1-7 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. The 2015 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club will be held Sept. 14-20.

"This is a fantastic opportunity again to showcase Lake County to the golf world. We are thrilled to have the BMW Championship return to the area," said Maureen Riedy, president of Visit Lake County.

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