BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Names Volunteer of the Year
Dan Wood, from Central, S.C., has been named the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs’ Volunteer of the Year.
Wood, who is executive director of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), was selected from more than 1,500 candidates as the top volunteer of the tournament. Wood sold sponsorships that helped earn money for all of the 29 charities involved, entertained clients, solicited other volunteers and organized ticket sales through the NCCAA. He also served as a starter at The Cliffs Valley course Thursday-Saturday.
By being named Volunteer of the Year, Wood was recognized on the 18th green following the completion of the tournament and received a plaque, a Nationwide Tour jacket and a $100 gift certificate to the Nationwide Tour store. He also becomes eligible to be named Volunteer of the Year by the Nationwide Tour. Nationwide Insurance Co. selects a volunteer from each tournament. The overall Volunteer of the Year is selected at the end of the season from amongst each tournament’s volunteer of the year. It takes more than 1,500 volunteers to put on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.
Wood will also be recognized by tournament officials at the charity check presentation in late June when the dollar amount raised from the 2006 tournament is announced.
The first five tournaments have raised more than $3 million for area charities.
Thirty-three thousand (33,000) fans witnessed professional Ken Duke win the 2006 tournament. The win was the first of Duke’s career, although the Hope, Arkansas-native has recorded two second-place finishes on the Nationwide Tour (2003 Chitimacha Louisiana Open; 2005 Canadian PGA Championship). Duke, a 1992 graduate of Henderson State (Ark.) University, finished the tournament at –13 under par (69, 68, 68, 68) beating Jess Daley by one stroke. He followed up his win by qualifying for the PGA TOUR’s Wachovia Championship and tying for 14th.
Celebrities that participated in this year’s tournament included: Kevin Costner, John Elway, Catherine Bell, Dhani Jones, Wayne and Janet Gretzky, Brett Hull, Javier Colon, Cheech Marin, John and Lisa O’Hurley, George Rogers, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, Pat Green, long-drive champion Sean “The Beast” Fister, and actor and Spartanburg native Fred Griffith. Famed international golfer and Grand Slam winner Gary Player also participated.
The 29 charities that benefited from the golf tournament were: A Child’s Haven, Inc.; Blue Ridge Literacy Council; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Foundation, Inc.; Boy Scouts of America; Compass of Carolina; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Foothills Family Resources; Hands on Greenville; Hidden Treasure; Mountain Area Child and Family Center; National Christian College Athletic Association; North Greenville University; North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry; Partners for a Healthy Community, Inc.; Phillis Wheatley Association; Pickens County Sheriff’s Scholarship Foundation; Pickens County YMCA; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas; St. Joseph’s School; The Charles Lea Center; The Eblen Charities; The First Tee; The Walker Foundation; United Ministries; Young Life; 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 at The Cliffs Valley course. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event takes home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, 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 call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.