BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament Names Volunteers of the Year
Jay Horne from Columbia, Dale Plecha from Anderson, and David Podsedly from Hendersonville have been named the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs’ golf tournament Volunteers of the Year.
Horne, who was named Volunteer of the Year at The Cliffs Valley course, is a five-year volunteer who has served the past three years as a Marshal Captain. He was instrumental in creating a strategic plan that divided up duties between him and another Marshal Captain to split course duties into half to better serve the marshals. He was also noted for his quickness and calmness in dealing with issues.
Plecha, who was named Volunteer of the Year at The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards course, volunteered for many years as a Walking Scorer. He worked at Keowee Vineyards for three days and then also volunteered his time on Sunday at The Cliffs Valley. Plecha is also noted for his enthusiasm and can be counted on to recruit new volunteers each year.
Podsedly, who was named Volunteer of the Year at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove course, volunteered as a Walking Scorer in 2005. As a result of that experience, he was named a Captain for the 2006 and 2007 tournaments and helped each one run more efficiently.
By being named a Volunteer of the Year, Horne, Plecha and Podsedly will receive a plaque and a windshirt. It takes more than 1,200 volunteers to put on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.
The first six tournaments have raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ Upstate S.C. and Western N.C. charities. More than $2 million has already been raised from the 2007 tournament, but an official amount will be announced in July.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.