BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament Raises Over $515,000 for Charity
The second-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, which concluded yesterday afternoon with former Clemson University standout Charles Warren capturing his first professional win, raised a record $515,739.02 for 44 Upstate and western North Carolina charities.
An estimated 25,000 people attended the tournament, which was capped off with Warren, an NCAA Champion and three-time All-American from Clemson, shooting a final round 68 to take home a $94,500 winner’s check. Todd Fischer finished in second place, four strokes behind Warren, earning $56,700. Stan Utley and Ken Green finished tied for third-place. Each earned $30,450.
It was the second year in a row that a Clemson graduate won the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Jonathan Byrd, a close friend of Warren’s, won last year’s event. Byrd was not on hand to witness his friend’s victory, however, because he was competing in the Greater Greensboro Classic, where he finished third, earning a $220,400 payday.
In the BMW Charity Cup Pro-Celebrity division former Heisman Trophy winner and University of South Carolina and NFL running back George Rogers split his $15,000 first-place prize between Camperdown Academy ($8,000) and the Guardian Ad Litem program ($7,000). NFL quarterback Mark Rypien’s second-place finish earned $12,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver donated his third-place prize of $10,000 to Greenville Hospital System’s Camp Courage. Former Georgia tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins’ fourth-place finish earned $8,000 for Center for Developmental Services. Former Major League Baseball star Andy Van Slyke donated his $6,000 fifth-place prize to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Former National Hockey League star Dan Quinn donated his $4,000 to the American Cancer Society’s African American Health Fest. Actor Jamie Farr gave his $3,000 seventh-place finish to the Ronald McDonald House. Former NHL great Pierre LaRouche donated his $2,000 eighth-place finish to A Child’s Haven.
In the BMW Charity Cup Pro-Amateur division, Dan O’Connell of Raflatac split his first-place, $10,000 winnings between St. Joseph’s High School ($6,000), CARING for Children ($2,000) and The Eblen Foundation ($2,000). Bill Emery of Focus Golf Systems gave his second-place check of $7,500 to First Tee. Ed Snider of Golf Headquarters of Kentucky donated his $5,000 third-place check to St. Joseph’s High School. Scott Beville, of the Cliffs Communities donated his $2,500 fourth-place check to Pinnacle Point.
In addition to the funds being directed to the various charities by the celebrity and amateur performances, each of the 44 charities chosen by the board of directors of South Carolina Charities, Inc. received a portion of the $515,739.02 earned.
The 44 charities that benefited from the golf tournament:
Anderson County: Foothills Rape Crisis Center.
Buncombe (N.C.) County: Boy Scouts of America – Daniel Boone Council; Caring for Children; Eblen Foundation Children’s Charities.
Greenville County: A Child’s Haven; Alliance for Community Trust/Greenville Sexual Trauma Center; American Cancer Society/Upstate African-American Family Health Fest; Birthright of Greenville; Boys Home of the South; Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Council; Camperdown Academy; Center for Developmental Services; Compass of Carolina; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Discovery Park Playground Association; Friends of the Greenville County Guardian ad Litem Program; Girl Scouts; Greenville Free Medical Clinic; Camp Courage; Hidden Treasure Christian School; Insights; Loaves and Fishes; Make-A-Wish; Meyer Center for Special Children; Miracle Hill Ministries; Mitchell Road Christian Academy; North Greenville College; Pendleton Place; Phillis Wheatley Association; Ronald McDonald House of Greenville; S.C. Children’s Theatre; St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School; St. Francis Foundation; St. Joseph’s High School; Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources; United Ministries; YoungLife.
Henderson (N.C.) County: Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Pickens County: Pinnacle Point; Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County.
Spartanburg County: Boy Scouts of America – Palmetto Council; First Tee; Girl Scouts; The Walker Foundation.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only BUY.COM TOUR event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition. For more information on the golf tournament call (864) 660-1103, or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharityproam.pgatour.com or www.bmwusfactory.com and click on the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs logo. For more information on The Cliffs Communities visit its website at www.cliffscommunities.com, and for more information on the PGA TOUR visit its website at www.pgatour.com.
Other sponsors who contribute funds to the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament include: Verizon Wireless; SUITT Construction; Focus Golf/Dunlop; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Lear Corp.; IMI Resort Holdings; Magna-International; Budweiser of Greenville; Duravit USA; Maxfli Golf, a division of TaylorMade-adidas Golf; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Seeber USA; Pepsi-Cola; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Stephen Fuller, Inc.; Draexlmaier; ADSPECS; The Budd Company; The Greenville Journal; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; Delta Airlines; The Greenville News; Brose North America; CC+I; Lemforder; MT Tech AG; Spartanburg Steel; SUNEX Tools; Central Carolina Bank; ClubCar; Gentex; Outback Steakhouse; Plastic Omnium; Textron; AR Funding; Softlab; Westin Poinsett; Ben Arnold-Sunbelt Beverage Company; Diversified Coating System; ASC; FS Fehrer; Golf Headquarters of Louisville; Greenville Industrial, Rubber & Gasket; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; ImageWare Systems; John Jackson LLC; Kobrand; Pro Golf of Greenville; TNT Logistics North America; Putman Travel; S.A.M.; ElDeCo; Preferred Sourcing, Inc.; Ashmore Brothers Construction; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Merrill Lynch; Piedmont Natural Gas; Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; Upstate Alliance; Soby’s; Chick-fil-A; Fuddruckers; Ryder Transportation Services; Behr NA; General Mills; Global Performance; Joseph Konopacke; Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; Cameron and Barkley Co.; B-F Company; Delphi Automotive Systems; Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc., Xerox, Genco of Simpsonville, Inc.; Zuena Staerker; TMG Golf; Carolina Brick and Block; Battenfeld of America, Inc.; IKON; Cintas; Diversco; Newlife Turf; Togar Rugs; Tom Kannegiesser; Floralscapes; Payne, McGinn & Cummins, Inc.; AMICA; Workwell Business Health Care Services; Hershey; Triangle Ice.