Golf Championship Kicks Off at Wrigley Field

Ernie Banks and PGA pro Dustin Johnson hit golf balls at Wrigley Field to raise $100,000.

By Alise Blunk
|  Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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Baseball wasn't the only focus at Wrigley Field to begin the week.

Chicago Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks and PGA Tour Defending Champion Dustin Johnson faced off Monday morning for a hole-in-one tournament from the Wrigley Field stands to raise $100,000.

Players hit from a specially-designed tee box platform constructed in Wrigley's stands onto a designated green set up in left field. The first person to shoot a hole-in-one would have won a a $100,000 scholarship donated in their name to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

No one hit the winning shot. Johnson won the competition and hit the ball 25.2 feet away from the hole. For the effort, BMW donated a $10,000 scholarship in his name toward the Evans Scholars Foundation.

This event was held to kick off the 2011 BMW Championship, which takes place at Cog Hill in Lemont Sept. 15-18. It is the third leg in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup and features 70 of the world's top professional golfers.

The Evans Scholars Foundation provides full university tuition and housing grants to deserving young caddies. The program, which is sponsored by the Western Golf Association, was the vision of Charles "Chick" Evans, Jr. and is one of the largest funded scholarship programs in the nation, according to the WGA website.

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