Actor Greg Kinnear Withdraws from BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament; Former Clemson Great Jeff Davis In

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 05/14/2007

Actor Greg Kinnear has withdrawn from the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament it was announced today. The actor called tournament director Darin MacDonald over the weekend to inform him of his decision. In an email to MacDonald, Kinnear said he would be unable to attend due to a new movie role he had landed. Kinnear is scheduled to leave for New York Tuesday morning to begin filming.

“We are disappointed, but understand,” MacDonald said. “Greg had committed to play, but apparently that was before the shooting schedule of his new movie was confirmed. We understand that his work takes precedence. We wish him well. He has an open invitation to join us next year.”

Former Clemson University great Jeff “The Judge” Davis will compete in the tournament as a celebrity. The former first-team All-American linebacker was the defensive MVP of Clemson’s 1981 national championship football team, is a member of the school’s Ring of Honor, and ranks third all-time in career tackles with 469. Davis was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played for the Bucs from 1982-87. He was captain and leading tackler four of his six seasons. Davis was inducted in the S.C. State Hall of Fame in 2001 and last week learned that he was one of 12 players that will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this December becoming only the third Clemson player to receive the honor (Terry Kinard; Banks McFadden. Coaches John Heisman, Jess Neely and Frank Howard are members of the Hall of Fame).

David Mobley, the world’s former No. 1 ranked long-distance driver, will also not be able to participate.

The 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played May 17-20, 2007, at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the 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 will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Along with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first six tournaments have raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ area charities

General Admission tickets for the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 20 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Tickets can also be purchased in Upstate S.C. and Western N.C. area Arby’s restaurants. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660.

For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at

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