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GAP, WGA sponsoring Ultimate Play Day at BMW Championship

**Registration for the Ultimate Play Day is now open**

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.-When the 2018 BMW Championship comes to Aronimink Golf Club in September, the Top 70 PGA TOUR professionals will be competing on one of the country’s finest, most historic courses.

Before the world’s leading players tee it up, Golf Association of Philadelphia members will have a rare opportunity to test their skills at Aronimink under the same challenging, championship conditions.

GAP and the Western Golf Association are partnering to stage the Ultimate Play Day on Monday, Sept. 3, to kick off BMW Championship week. On a course set to be in pristine shape, Ultimate Play Day participants will compete for a multitude of prizes in this once-in-a-lifetime event while supporting the Platt Evans Scholarships for caddies.

“We’re elated to be able to offer this exceptional playing experience exclusively to our association members, who have been so supportive of all we do to promote golf in our region,” said Mark Peterson, Golf Association of Philadelphia Executive Director. “Arominink and Philadelphia will be at the center of the golf world the first week of September, and this is an opportunity for our members to share in the experience while also helping us fund college scholarships for caddies.”

Each playing position will include a premium gift package with the following amenities:

**Registration for the Ultimate Play Day is now open**

  • 8:30 a.m. shotgun start
  • One BMW Championship branded Peter Millar golf shirt
  • BMW Championship branded hat and umbrella
  • Commemorative tournament bag tag & picture plaque of your group
  • Two BMW Championship grounds tickets per player each day, Tuesday-Sunday
  • One VIP Valet Parking Pass for Monday, Sept. 3
  • Caddie fees included (this will be a walking event)
  • Breakfast prior to event and Awards reception following play

The entry fee of $1,950 per player includes a tax-deductible donation to the Platt Evans Scholarship program, which provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to Penn State University for deserving caddies at Philadelphia area clubs. Participants will compete under the Stableford Scoring System.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting week of golf at Aronimink,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “Opening the course to GAP members for the Ultimate Play Day offers us a perfect way to thank golfers throughout the region for their support of the BMW Championship and the Platt Evans Scholarships.”

The Ultimate Play Day, contested on Aronimink’s recently renovated, Donald Ross-designed championship layout, will feature a morning shotgun start allowing for an afternoon of family activities for Labor Day. The event is limited to 20 foursomes and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for the Ultimate Play Day will open on May 17, 2018.

For additional information on the event, please call the GAP tournament office at 610-687-2340 ext. 14. For more information on the BMW Championship, visit www.bmwchampionship.com.

**Registration for the Ultimate Play Day is now open**

About the Platt Evans Scholarship
Started in 2013, the Platt Evans Scholarship is co-sponsored by the Evans Scholars Foundation and the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Awarded to caddies from Golf Association of Philadelphia clubs, Platt Evans Scholars earn full tuition and housing scholarships to Penn State-University Park. Recipients meet the criteria of both programs and are considered Evans Scholars and Platt Scholars. The Western Golf Association supports the Platt Evans Scholarship through its affiliation with the Evans Scholars Foundation.

About Aronimink Golf Club
Founded in 1896 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Aronimink Golf Club is regularly rated among the top golf courses in the United States. The club’s par 70 course, designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross, plays 7,190 yards from the championship tees. Named for a Lenape Native American chief, the course is framed by evergreens and hardwoods and is a classic American parkland design.

About the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship, conducted by the Western Golf Association, dates back to 1899 when it debuted as the Western Open, making it the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only the British Open and U.S. Open. BMW has sponsored the tournament since 2007 when it became the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The BMW Championship features a field of the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings to determine the final 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. To learn more, visit www.bmwchampionship.com.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 200 Full Member Clubs and 70,000 individual members are spread across Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.