Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka 2018 PGA Tour “Player of the Year” Is Friends of Golf 2019 Honoree at Bel-Air Country Club

January 30, 2019, LOS ANGELES, CA. John Hoffman, President of Friends of Golf (FOG) announced today that PGA Tour “Player of the Year”, Brooks Koepka will be the honoree of the 40th Annual FOG Charity Golf Tournament to be held Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Bel-Air Country Club.


The annual golf tournament is part of FOG’s mission of providing and supporting scholastic golfers with resources, equipment and programs  so they can compete in a sport that promotes character, integrity and fellowship. Each year FOG provides funds, equipment and mentor support to scores of high schools, colleges, and universities impacting thousands of scholastic golfers each year throughout the United States, in recent year the FOG tournament has received the support and has honored such world class golfers as; Lorena Ochoa & Patrick Cantlay, Sir Nick Faldo, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and many others.


Brooks Koepka who plays on the PGA Tour was for much of 2018 the World No. 1 ranking player in the Official World Golf Ranking and is currently No. 4. Brooks began his career at Florida State University where he won three events and was a three time All American. In the summer of 2012, Brooks began playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe. From there, Brooks distinguished himself by claiming his first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. He successfully defended his title in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. He is the first golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, shooting a major-championship-record-tying 264 over 72 holes.


Commenting on the upcoming event Eddie Merrins, the longest serving pro at Bel-Air Country Club, now Pro Emeritus and Founder of FOG, said; “Brooks Koepka is one of the premier champions of the great game of golf and building on an incredible legacy of victories has a bright future ahead. We are delighted to have Brooks as our honoree.”


Rick Taylor, President and CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., an international technology company and principal sponsor of the FOG event added, “Brooks has been an inspiration to many young aspiring golfers. His poise and professionalism are a great example of the value golf plays in the lives of our youth. We are proud to be a sponsor of this great tradition.”


About Friends of Golf (FOG)
Friends of Golf (FOG) is the leading national non-profit organization providing a range of financial sup[port, golf equipment, tr5aining resources and mentoring to boys and girls, young men and women in high schools, junior colleges, 4-year colleges and universities throughout the United States.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ ( with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.