Bi-Lo Celebrity Walk of Fame; S.C. Junior Golf Association Ball Highlight BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Special Events
Fans are expected to gather on Main St. in front of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, Friday evening, April 29, at 7 p.m. for the Celebrity Walk of Fame, where celebrities participating in the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will assemble to greet fans and sign autographs. Celebrities that are scheduled to appear include: Kevin Costner and his wife Christine, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Kevin Sorbo, Steve Spurrier and Lou Holtz to name a few (the complete list can be found at www.bmwcharitygolf.com ). Legendary golfer Gary Player is also expected to attend.
Another event tied to the golf tournament is the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s third annual Golf Ball, Friday, May 6, at the downtown Greenville Hyatt Regency from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event support S.C. Junior Golf Association programs. Festivities include a silent and live auction, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Tickets are $50 for individuals or $80 for couples. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Interested parties need to RSVP by April 24, to Marshall Bettendorf at (864) 268-3215 or Tim Kreger at email@example.com.
The Celebrity Walk of Fame and S.C. Junior Golf Association Ball will highlight a week of activities surrounding the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament. Each event will help support the 28 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities benefiting from the tournament.
The 2005 tournament will be played April 28-May 1, 2005 at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. 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 PGA Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA 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 at Cliffs Valley. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cliffs Valley will serve as the host course. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, 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.
Last spring’s events raised a record $763,646 for 31 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities. The first four tournaments have raised more than $2.4 million for area charities.
General Admission tickets for the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 28 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. 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 or sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour is in its 16th season in 2005. Nationwide, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services providers, is in its third year as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour. The 2005 season will consist of 31 events played in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and 22 U.S. states. Purses will top $16 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the 2006 PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its website is www.pgatour.com.