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Conway Farms Exhibition Raises $45,000 for Evans Scholars

The team competed for $5,000 per-hole prize money

By Megan Purazrang
|  Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013  |  Updated 1:29 PM CDT
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Luke Donald, Chris Collins, Mark Wilson and Kirk Hinrich play in the BMW Championship Exhibition at Conway Farm Golf Club on Monday, Aug. 12. The nine-hole exhibition raised $45,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation, the sole beneficiary of the BMW Championship. The BMW Championship, the third of four events in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs, will be held the week of Sept. 9-15 at Conway Farms.

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Conway Farms Golf Club hosted a nine-hole exhibition Monday with professional PGA members as a preview to the BMW Championship and fundraiser for the Evans Scholars Foundation.

The invitation-only event began at 11:45 a.m. raising a total of $45,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation, a $5,000 per-hole prize. The foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarship funds awarded to student caddies across the nation.

Luke Donald, a Conway Farms member, and Mark Wilson were teamed up with Chicago Bulls player Kirk Hinrich and retired Chicago Bears player Brian Urlacher and Northwestern University’s head men's basketball coach Chris Collins on the course.

Donald and Collins were the winning pair earning $25,000 in prize money and Wilson and Hinrich won $20,000.

“As WGA Directors, Luke and Mark play a vital role in the success of the Evans Scholars Foundation,” Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments said. “We thank them and their notable playing partners, Kirk and Chris, for their support and participation today, and we look forward to welcoming the top 70 PGA TOUR professionals to Conway Farms this September.”

Five Evans Scholars attended the event at Conway Farms from the Illinois area, which include Brandon Clarke of Libertyville, Mary Kate McGovern of Chicago, Yesenia Juarez of Tinley Park, Sergio DeLeon of Chicago and Mark Abtahi of Niles. 

Mark Rolfing of Golf Channel/NBC Sports was the emcee at the club.
 

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