2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am Raises $731,152 for Local Charities.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 15, 2013) – The 13th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $731,152 for Upstate charities, tournament officials announced today. Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc.—the non-profit organization that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation—presented checks to charity representatives at the Charity Check Presentation presented by High Cotton, held at the downtown Greenville restaurant.
The tournament’s 2013 charity partners were 100 Black Men of the Upstate, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF – Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Spiritual Two-A-Days, and The Walker Foundation for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised $9.98 million for 150+ charities, putting the tournament on the road to raising $10 million after the 2014 tournament. The PGA TOUR is also set to reach a milestone of $2 billion raised for charity during the 2014 season.
“It’s exciting to see the impact that this tournament has on our charity partners, especially as we reach nearly $10 million in charitable giving,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “The funds distributed today are the result of the community’s support of this tournament.”
In addition to impacting local charities, the tournament also has a notable impact on the Upstate economy. In 2013, Clemson University’s International Institute of Tourism Research and Development conducted a study of the economic impacts of expenditures related to tournament operations and found that the 2013 tournament generated total direct spending of $4.712 million, supported 139 jobs, generated net local government revenues $541,048 and net state government revenues of $868,479, and yielded $6.744 million in total output/impact.
The 2014 tournament will take place May 15-18, and will be played at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and, new for 2014, Green Valley Country Club.
“Green Valley is a fantastic golf course in a beautiful setting, and we’re excited to add it to the 2014 course rotation,” said Darin MacDonald, executive director for the tournament. “This addition is also great from the community perspective as the Club is dedicated to helping local charities and fueling the Upstate economy.”
“Green Valley is very excited to be one of the hosts for the upcoming BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament,” said Mike Kaplan, executive director of Green Valley Country Club. “We look forward to showing the improvements and amenities we have made over the past two years since the Kaplan family acquisition. The team at Green Valley has given much effort and enthusiasm into making the Club a great venue for this worthy charitable event.”
Awards were also presented today to the 2013 volunteers of the year and the Web.com Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. Those volunteers are Darrell Pitts (Thornblade Club), Mike Jones (Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course), Dave Kowalski (The Reserve at Lake Keowee), Bill Riegel (Transportation Committee) and Daniel Roberts (Web.com Tour Volunteer of the Week).
The pro champion of the 2013 tournament was South Carolina native Mark Anderson. In his 60th career start on the Web.com Tour, Anderson shot a 6-under-par 65 and cruised to his first victory on the circuit, claiming the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation by five strokes over Tom Hoge, who is in his second year on the Web.com Tour.
Anderson’s 72-hole total of 27-under 259 easily shattered the tournament’s previous record of 23-under par by the late Michael Christie (1996) and Charles Warren (2002) and tied for the third lowest under-par score in Web.com Tour history.
The win earned Anderson $117,000 and moved him from No. 133 to No. 9 on the Web.com Tour money list at the time. The top 25 money leaders on the Web.com Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2013.
Anderson was a dual winner, teaming with partner Todd Justice to win the pro-am competition after a scorecard playoff. The team finished at 43-under par for four days, tied with John Peterson and his partner Richard Kay. Actor Oliver Hudson was the highest finishing celebrity contestant.
Tournament attendance was 51,500, up 1,000 from 2012.
The 28 celebrities that competed in the 2013 tournament were Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Lucas Black, Andy Buckley, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Javier Colon, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Greg Ellis, Dean Felber, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Danny Masterson, Edwin McCain, Ryan Merriman, Kirk Muller, Craig T. Nelson, John O’Hurley, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Grant Show, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.