Australian Nick Flanagan Wins 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
Under almost perfect weather conditions (clear and sunny with temperatures in the upper 70s), 42,000 fans, the second most in tournament history, witnessed Nick Flanagan win the seventh-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament today. The win was the second in a row for Flanagan and the second of his career. Flanagan, who is from Belmont, New South Wales, Australia, finished the tournament at -15 under par (68, 72, 66, 65) beating Nicholas Thompson by one stroke.
The win earned Flanagan $117,000 and skyrocketed him from ninth place to the top of the Nationwide Tour money list. Flanagan has earned a total of $229,077 so far this year and is well on his way to competing on the PGA TOUR next year. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2008.
Janet Jones-Gretzky and her professional partner Darren Angel won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -44 under par. They donated their $10,000 winnings to The Walker Foundation. Former Heisman Trophy winner, University of South Carolina standout, and NFL running back George Rogers and his professional partner Jimmy Walker finished second at -42 under par. They donated their $9,000 winnings to The Ronald McDonald House. Al Wisne, an entrepreneur from south Florida, and his professional partner Mike Capone finished third overall and were the top scoring Pro-Am team at -38 under par.
Celebrities that participated in this year’s tournament included: Kevin Costner, George Lopez, David James Elliott, Joanna Krupa, Catherine Bell, John Elway, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Sterling Sharpe, Jim Rice, Kevin Sorbo, Cheech Marin, Gary Valentine, Josh Kelley, Javier Colon, Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Edwin McCain, George Rogers, Tom Dreesen, Ben Wright and Jennifer Mills. Famed international golfer and Grand Slam winner Gary Player also participated.
The 20 charities that benefited from the golf tournament were: A Child’s Haven, Inc.; Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts; Blue Ridge Literacy Council; Compass of Carolina; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Foothills Family Resources; Hidden Treasure; Mobile Meals of Spartanburg; Mountain Area Child and Family Center; National Christian College Athletic Association; North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry; Partners for a Healthy Community, Inc.; Phillis Wheatley Association; Pickens County YMCA; Pinnacle Partners; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas; South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation; St. Joseph’s School; The Charles Lea Center; The Walker Foundation; United Ministries; Upstate Alliance Educational Foundation; Zest Quest.
Three groups – Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and Upstate Alliance Educational Foundation – are charitable partners of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs and have events that take place as part of the tournament.
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 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 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 takes home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities 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 raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ area charities. The amount raised from this year’s tournament will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 www.bmwcharitygolf.com.