With the 2017 BMW Championship less than two months away, the Western Golf Association has issued a final call for volunteer registration. Golf fans and sports enthusiasts interested in volunteering must sign up by Friday, Aug. 4, to secure their spot in the event, set for Sept. 12-17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.
All new volunteers who register on or before Aug. 4 will be entered into a drawing to win either a round of golf at Conway Farms Golf Club or two tickets to a BMW Championship hospitality skybox on the 17th hole with reserved seating and unlimited food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
While more than 1,200 volunteers have already signed up for the BMW Championship, opportunities remain available to assist in staging the penultimate event of the PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs when it returns to Chicago's North Shore this fall. Volunteers perform key tasks inside and outside the ropes during tournament week, including welcoming thousands of patrons to the event each day, assisting corporate hospitality guests and helping out in the event's merchandise tent.
"We've been very pleased with the level of participation from volunteers coming from both near and far to ensure the success of the BMW Championship," WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments Dittoe Public Relations said. "It takes a lot of helping hands to put on an event of this scale, and we encourage local residents to volunteer for a unique opportunity to see the tournament from a different perspective while helping us raise funds for our sole charitable beneficiary, the Evans Scholars program."
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will be asked to work at least three shifts during tournament week. Shifts range from 4-6 hours in length, depending on assignment.
Volunteers are asked to purchase a volunteer package for $98, which includes: a Peter Millar golf shirt, a Peter Millar outerwear piece, a BMW Championship hat or visor, a BMW Championship commemorative pin, two one-day tournament round grounds tickets, a volunteer credential valid for entry all week, an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party, and food and beverage vouchers.
To volunteer or to view descriptions of each of the volunteer committees, visit www.BMWChampionship.com and click on the "Volunteers" tab.
The BMW Championship is the penultimate event in the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs, with the top 70 PGA Tour players competing for an $8.75 million purse, including $1.53 million for the winner. Past champions include Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving caddies from modest means. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $24 million for Evans Scholarships.