2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Raises More Than $652,000 for Local Charities
The 11th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $652,070 for 26 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities, it was announced today.
Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc. presented checks to representatives from the participating charities at the tournament’s annual check presentation, Communities for Charity presented by Michelin, held at Michelin on Main in downtown Greenville.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for 150+ Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Nationwide Tour.
“It’s very rewarding to be able to give back to area charities and help those in our community that are in need,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit organization that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
Awards were also presented to the 2011 volunteers of the year as well as one for the Nationwide Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. The 2011 volunteers of the year were Tony Crescenzo (Thornblade Club), Bonnie Murray (The Carolina Country Club), Ben Cromer (Bright’s Creek Golf Club), Gary Anderson (Transportation Committee) and Jim Ryan (Nationwide Tour Volunteer of the Week).
The 26 charities benefitting from the 2011 tournament include 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, Alzheimer’s Association – S.C. Chapter, Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America, Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), Citizen Scholars of Spartanburg County, Compass of Carolina, Dogs for Autism, First Tee of Greenville, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), Greer Middle College Charter High School, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Hispanic-American Women’s Association (AHAM), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Meals on Wheels of Greenville County, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation of S.C., St. Joseph’s Catholic School, The Walker Foundation supporting the SC School for the Deaf and Blind and YMCA Camp Greenville.
South African Garth Mulroy won the 11th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament. The win, which came on the first playoff hole against South Korean Sunghoon Kang, was the first win this year for the North Carolina State alum. He finished the tournament at -18 under par (65, 66, 70, 67).
The win earned Mulroy $108,000 and skyrocketed him from 68th to second on the Nationwide Tour money list. At the time of the tournament, Mulroy had earned a total of $123,065. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2012.
Amateur Marshall Mizell and his professional partner Darron Stiles won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -44 under par. They donated their $1,000 winnings to Dogs for Autism. Actress Janet Jones-Gretzky was the highest finishing celebrity at eighth, -36 under par. She donated her earnings to The First Tee Greenville.
Tournament attendance was 46,000.
The 23 celebrities that competed in the 2011 tournament were Lucas Black, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Javier Colon, Jeffrey Donovan, Don Felder, Colt Ford, Bruce Greenwood, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Josh Kelley, Greg Kinnear, Cheech Marin, Rob Morrow, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kevin Sorbo, Danny Sullivan, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.
Sponsorship and playing opportunities for the 2012 tournament are currently available. Contact Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276 for more information.
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 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website www.bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm.