|By PR Newswire||
|September 3, 2014 04:39 PM EDT||
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW Championship winners Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson and Camilo Villegas attempted to recreate Arnold Palmer's historic drive from Cherry Hills Country Club's 1st tee to kick-off the 2014 BMW Championship. The recreation was a nod to Palmer's legendary tee shot during the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, when he drove the green at the 346-yard, Par-4 1st hole, sparking his memorable comeback win. Hunter Mahan, 2013 BMW Championship Hole-in-One player, and PGA TOUR Player Keegan Bradley, also attempted to recreate the famous shot.
Each player used a replica Persimmon driver, with a steel shaft and a wood head, from the same era used by Palmer during the 1960 U.S. Open at the 346-yard, Par-4 1st hole, sparking his memorable comeback win. Though no player was able to successfully replicate Palmer's shot, BMW made an additional $10,000 donation to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which grants full college scholarships to young deserving caddies of financial need. McIlroy came the closest to the green with a 300-yard drive.
"It's very, very humbling to say the least. Shaft felt whippy, head felt heavy, the ball felt like a marshmallow. But a whole lot of fun," said 2013 BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson. "The Palmer shot was beyond impressive. We are talking about arguably one of the best players in the world of all time."
The penultimate event in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs, the 2014 BMW Championship will be contested Thursday, September 4 through Sunday, September 7 at Cherry Hills Country Club and features the top 70 players on the PGA TOUR. All net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since BMW became title sponsor in 2007, the tournament has raised more than $16 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation. In addition to supporting the Evans Scholars Foundation through the BMW Championship, BMW of North America, LLC also provides a summer internship program for Evans Scholars to work for BMW, offering them work experience and invaluable insight into their future careers.
"We are proud to support the Evans Scholars Foundation in their mission to send 1,000 caddies to college by 2020," said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America. "We are continuously inspired by the efforts of these caddies, and through the BMW Championship and our summer internship program, we hope to provide them with tools for success."
Continuing the BMW Championship tradition, there are premium incentives for the first player to achieve a hole-in-one during the tournament, including:
- BMW HOLE-IN-ONE SCHOLARSHIP: BMW will provide an Evans Scholarship, an additional full, four-year tuition and housing Scholarship worth $100,000 in honor of the first PGA TOUR player to record a hole-in-one on any hole during the BMW Championship.
- HOLE-IN-ONE COMPETITION:
- 15th Hole: The first player to score a hole-in-one on the 15th hole will receive the all-new BMW i8, the revolutionary plug-in hybrid sports car. The BMW i8 is primarily made of carbon fiber and offers an exhilarating driving experience, going from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds.
- 12th Hole: The first player to score a hole-in-one on the 12th hole will receive the first-ever BMW M4 Coupe equipped with an all-new 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M4 Coupe features increased performance levels that distinguish it from previous generations of the M3 family, delivering 425 horsepower.
"BMW provides BMW Championship attendees with an unmatched, premium experience as attested by the BMW Championship being named the PGA TOUR's 'Tournament of the Year' in both 2012 and 2013," said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association Vice President of Tournaments. "Thanks to BMW's ongoing support of the Evans Scholars Foundation, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of young, student caddies."
BMW Owners receive exclusive access and special benefits throughout the week at the 2014 BMW Championship, including:
- BMW Owners' Day
On Thursday, September 4, all owners receive complimentary admission for themselves and one guest when they show their BMW key at the BMW Owners' Concierge.
- BMW Owners' Parking and Concierge
BMW Owners receive exclusive parking in the BMW Owners' Lot with private shuttle service to/from the BMW Championship. Upon arrival, BMW Owners will be treated to personal concierge service and a private entrance into the BMW Championship.
- BMW Owners' Pavilion
Once inside the BMW Championship, Owners can access the BMW Owners' Pavilion by simply showing their BMW key fob. The BMW Owners' Pavilion features open-air and air-conditioned interior seating with some of the best views of golf on the course.
Location: Between the 14th and 7th greens.
The 2014 BMW Championship will feature many exciting attractions for golf fans and automobile enthusiasts, including:
- THE BMW EXPERIENCE
The BMW Experience features BMW's newest vehicles and a variety of fun activities and contests. On display are vehicles from BMW M, xDrive, Motorrad and BMW i, including the all new, plug-in hybrid BMW i8. Also on display will be a prototype of Team USA's Olympic medal-winning bobsled, which was designed through a collaboration between BMW engineers and the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation using BMW EfficientDynamics. Patrons will be able to test their racing skills against other patrons at the BMW Race Track with BMW i8 remote-controlled race cars. In addition, patrons will have the unique opportunity to be part of the studio audience and watch Golf Channel's Golf Central from inside the Golf Channel Studio.
Location: Behind the Driving Range/Adjacent to the 10th tee.
- PUTT FOR CHARITY
To commemorate Palmer's 1960 U.S. Open victory at Cherry Hills and his legendary tee shot on the Par 4, 346 yard 1st hole that reached the green in the final round, a 40 foot replica of the 1st hole has been created in the BMW Experience. Patrons will have the opportunity to compete in a putting challenge on the replica hole to help support the Evans Scholars Foundation, the sole charity of the BMW Championship. For each putt made, BMW will make a donation to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Prizes will also be awarded to each patron who makes a hole-in-one.
Location: Inside the BMW Experience.
- BMW FAN CHALLENGE
Patrons will be able to put their golf skills to the ultimate test and try to beat a professional by competing in the BMW Fan Challenge, located in the BMW Experience. Using a state-of-the-art simulation of the Par-3, 15th hole at Cherry Hills, patrons have the opportunity to "Beat the Pro" in a closest-to-the-pin contest with prizes being awarded to the top performers, including a set of TaylorMade® Irons and a grand prize trip to the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC.
Location: Inside the BMW Experience.
The Biergarten is a great place to relax and enjoy beverages. It features a videoboard showing live tournament coverage so patrons don't miss any of the action.
Location: Next to the BMW Experience.
A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com. All active, retired, reserve and veterans will receive complimentary admission for one day of the tournament. Members of the military must visit www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com to verify their military status and print out their free ticket voucher in advance of the tournament. Tickets are limited.
Footage of the recreation of Arnold Palmer's historic drive from Cherry Hills Country Club's 1st tee is available for download at: ftp.rubenstein.com; username: BMW; password: champBMW2014
For updates during The 2014 BMW Championship, follow the conversation with:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/BMWChampionship
- Twitter: @BMWChamps, @PGATOUR, @WGAESF, @CHCCcolorado
- Instagram: @BMWChamps, @PGATOUR, @BMWUSA
- Hashtags: #BMWChamps #BMWGolf #PGATOUR #FedExCup
SOURCE BMW Championship
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Nov. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EST Reads: 337
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Nov. 24, 2015 07:30 PM EST Reads: 340
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 366
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 317
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
Nov. 24, 2015 05:30 PM EST Reads: 141
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessi...
Nov. 24, 2015 04:30 PM EST Reads: 283
In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company Logz.io. In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:45 PM EST
There are over 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content. Join @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), June 7-9, 2016 in New York City, for three days of intense 'Internet of Things' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indespensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) IoT's use in Vertical Markets.
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 507
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 459
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 135
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at Built.io, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:00 PM EST Reads: 284
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:00 PM EST Reads: 404
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:15 PM EST Reads: 257
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 416
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 406