2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises More Than $650,000 for Local Charities; SYNNEX Corporation Signs on as Presenting Sponsor
The ninth-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament raised $651,829 for 78 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities, it was announced today. It was also announced that SYNNEX Corporation will be the new presenting sponsor of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc. presented checks to representatives from some of the 78 participating charities at the tournament’s annual Charity Check Presentation presented by Michelin held at Thornblade Club. To date, the BMW Charity Pro-Am has raised nearly $7.3 million for 125+ Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities during its nine years. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Nationwide Tour.
During the check presentation it was also announced that SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with its U.S. Distribution headquarters in Greenville, will be next year’s presenting sponsor. SYNNEX, a leading business process services company, employs more than 7,000 associates worldwide and recorded more than $7.8 billion in sales in fiscal 2008. The tournament will now be known as the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. It will be played May 13 – 16, 2010.
“I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the 2009 tournament and kickoff the 2010 tournament than this,” said Darin MacDonald, Tournament Director for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “Not only are we able to give away hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthy area charities to cap off 2009, we are also able to kickoff the 2010 tournament – our 10th anniversary – by announcing that SYNNEX is joining us as our presenting sponsor. It’s very exciting.”
“The BMW Charity Pro-Am is a recognized and respected charitable event in the Upstate region that supports so many worthy causes within our community,” said Kevin Murai, president and CEO of SYNNEX Corporation. “We are delighted to be joining BMW and the Nationwide Tour in support of this important event and we are pleased to be the presenting sponsor.”
“Year after year, the BMW Charity Pro-Am tournament produces many winners, including the charities, the surrounding communities, our amateurs and the Nationwide Tour golfers,” said Bobby Hitt, President of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “Adding SYNNEX into that circle is just one more step in securing this tournament’s continued success.”
Awards were also presented to the 2009 volunteers of the year for each of the three participating golf courses, as well as one volunteer who was honored as the Nationwide Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. The 2009 volunteers of the year were Jennifer and James Forsythe (Bright’s Creek Golf Club), Terry McMichael (The Carolina Country Club), Gene Janetsky (Thornblade Club) and Troy Smith (Nationwide Tour Volunteer of the Week).
Forty-six thousand (46,000) fans witnessed Michael Sim win the 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am. The Perth, Australia native finished the tournament at –22 under par (68, 65, 62, 69), beating Fabian Gomez by one stroke on the first hole of a playoff. Sim and Gomez finished regulation play tied at -22 under par.
Sim is on fire this year, scoring two wins (Stone Brae Classic in Hayward, Calif.; BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C.), a second-place (Athens Regional in Athens, Ga.), and a third-place (Moonah Classic outside of Melbourne, Australia) so far this year. Sim is also on record pace to earn the most money of any Nationwide Tour player in history. Sim has earned a total of $414,579 so far this year, $120,899 more than second-place Chris Tidland. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2010.
Sim and his celebrity playing partner, R&B singer/songwriter Javier Colon, also won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -47 under par. They donated their $10,000 winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and his professional partner Kyle Thompson, and Bob Smith and his professional partner Bradley Iles finished tied for second place. Rogers and Thompson donated their $6,000 to Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Smith and Iles donated their $6,000 to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
Celebrities that competed in this year’s tournament included Steve Azar, Lucas Black, Javier Colon, Jason Dohring, Oliver Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Mills, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Dennis Quaid, George Rogers, Joe Don Rooney, Stefanie Schaeffer, Sterling Sharpe, Kevin Sorbo, Kordell Stewart, Dabo Swinney, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Ben Wright.
The 78 charities benefiting from the 2009 tournament were: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, American Diabetes Association, Anderson Area YMCA, Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, Boys Home of the South, Camperdown Academy, Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc., Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Carolina Football Club, Carolina Miracle League, Carolina Youth Symphony, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Christ Church Episcopal School, Christmas in Action Spartanburg, Clemson Sertoma Club, Cliffs Residence Outreach, Compass of Carolina, Crime Stoppers of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, Dribble for Destiny, Inc., Family Connection of South Carolina – Spartanburg, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Baptist Church of Asheville-Youth Missions, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Glenn Springs Academy, Greenville County Foster Parent Association, Greenwood YoungLife, Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Hands on Greenville, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, James F. Daniel Jr. Post #3 American Legion, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Middle Tyger Community Center, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Mountain Area Child and Family Center, National Christian College Athletic Association, Off the Coast Ministries, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation, Palmetto Hearts, Phillis Wheatley Association, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Pleasant Valley Connection Inc., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Scottish Rite Foundation of SC – John I Smith Center, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, Spartanburg YoungLife, St. Anthony of Padua School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, The Charles Lea Center Foundation, The Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Walker Foundation, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Thermal Belt Outreach, Tryon Elementary School PTA Playground Committee, United Ministries, Upstate SC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Wings For Children/Angel flight, Wings of Hope, YMCA Camp Greenville and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses (Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C.; The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.; Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C.) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.