BMW Charity Pro-Am Announces New Ways to Track Celebrities On/Off Course

Greenville, SC - 04/10/2013

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation announced today that there will be two new ways for the public to get a better view of the celebrities participating in the 2013 tournament: the Celebrity Tracker at Thornblade Club and Party on the Plaza presented by the Clemson Alumni Association.
The Celebrity Tracker, enabled by Stark EM, will allow spectators to find their favorite celebrities on the course at Thornblade Club. Celebrities will check-in at seven on-course locations at Thornblade, providing spectators with the opportunity to go straight to their favorite celebrity when they arrive at the course. The Celebrity Tracker information will be displayed in the Thornblade Club parking lot. Spectators are encouraged to “like”  the Celebrity Tracker Facebook page,, for additional updates.
The second opportunity to get a better view of the celebrities will occur off the course at Party on the Plaza presented by the Clemson Alumni Association on Friday, May 17. This free event will be held at the Peace Center’s Graham Plaza, located at the corner of Main Street and Broad Street in downtown Greenville from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the Party on the Plaza event, the public can watch live-streaming video of The Celebrity Concert presented by Drive Automotive, a private event on the TD Stage at the Peace Center. Additional details can be found at
“We’re excited to be able to host 24 celebrities in Greenville during tournament week, but we realize how challenging it can be for spectators to catch a glimpse of every single star while they’re in town,” said the tournament’s executive director, Darin MacDonald. “Our goal with the Celebrity Tracker at Thornblade Club is to help spectators more easily find the celebrities on the course. Party on the Plaza gives the public another opportunity to see the celebrities. At this event they’ll not only get to watch live-streaming video of The Celebrity Concert, but they might also get the chance to see a few celebrities arrive to the event.”
Stark EM is the Event Management division of Stark RFID, a turnkey RFID integrator founded in 2004 and based in Greenville, S.C. Stark RFID combines supply chain and customer service consulting with best-in-class RFID technologies to improve productivity, inventory control and customer service. For more information about Stark RFID, visit
The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, non-profit organization that exists to connect alumni to the University and each other. For more information about the Clemson Alumni Association, visit
The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 16-19 at Thornblade Club, Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course and, new for 2013, The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with 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 16 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000.
Twenty-four celebrities are scheduled to compete in this year’s tournament including Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Javier Colon, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, George Lopez, Danny Masterson, Edwin McCain, Craig T. Nelson, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $9.25 million for 150+ charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Tour.
The 2013 charities include:  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, 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 of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Spiritual Two-A-Days, and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.
The charities earn funds through tournament-sponsored programs including ticket sales, volunteer recruitment, and one-day pro-am team sales.
When patrons purchase tickets online at, 100 percent of the purchase price of$10, $25 and $50 tickets can be donated to one of the tournament’s charities. Volunteers can earn funds for their favorite tournament charity by choosing one of the 20 charity partners to benefit from their workdays as a volunteer. Also, charities that sell a team in one of the tournament’s one-day pro-ams will retain 50% of the purchase price.
Complimentary daily grounds admission is granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents; a valid ID is required for entry. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted to all youth 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. Beginning in 2013, all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for each new season will come through the Tour.
For sponsorships and playing opportunities in 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation visit or contact Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276 or
For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website or follow the tournament’s social media pages at and @BMWCharityProAm.

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