BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 01/28/2009

Two programs benefiting the 78 charities of the 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am are now open: ticket sales and online volunteer registration.

Tickets to the 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament are currently for sale through the 78 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities selected to receive proceeds from this year’s event. Each of the 78 charities will receive 100 percent of the proceeds raised by selling $25 Patron Credentials.

Patron Credentials, the tournament’s general admission tickets, grant the holder access to the grounds all four days of the tournament at all three courses (where tournament play occurs) and include complimentary parking and shuttle service. Online volunteer registration is also available at Opportunities to volunteer include: hospitality, marshal, scoring, transportation and more. Each of the tournament’s 78 charities will retain 100 percent of the $40 uniform package fee for each volunteer who registers, pays the fee and volunteers two days at the 2009 tournament.

To register or learn more about volunteering at the 2009 event, visit and click on “Volunteers”. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on April 11 accompanied by the $40 uniform package fee. The uniform package includes a golf shirt and cap or visor, two passes to the tournament (one for the volunteer and one guest pass), food and beverages for volunteers during shifts, an official volunteer pin and an invitation to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Party. If you wish to volunteer and would prefer to have an application sent to you via mail or email, contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator Marshall Bettendorf at (864) 423-2994 or at

The 78 charities you can register to volunteer for or contact to purchase tickets include: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, American Diabetes Association, Anderson Area YMCA, Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, Boys Home of the South, Camperdown Academy, Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc., Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Carolina Football Club, Carolina Miracle League, Carolina Youth Symphony, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Christ Church Episcopal School, Christmas in Action Spartanburg, Clemson Sertoma Club, Cliffs Residence Outreach, Compass of Carolina, Crime Stoppers of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, Dribble for Destiny, Inc., Family Connection of South Carolina – Spartanburg, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Baptist Church of Asheville-Youth Missions, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Glenn Springs Academy, Greenville County Foster Parent Association, Greenwood YoungLife, Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Hands on Greenville, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, James F. Daniel Jr. Post #3 American Legion, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Middle Tyger Community Center, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Mountain Area Child and Family Center, National Christian College Athletic Association, Off the Coast Ministries, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation, Palmetto Hearts, Phillis Wheatley Association, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Pleasant Valley Connection Inc., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Scottish Rite Foundation of SC – John I. Smith Center, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, Spartanburg YoungLife, St. Anthony of Padua School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, The Charles Lea Center Foundation, The Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Walker Foundation, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Thermal Belt Outreach, Tryon Elementary School PTA Playground Committee, United Ministries, Wings For Children/Angel flight, Wings of Hope, YMCA Camp Greenville and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.

The list of organizations can also be found at under the “Charities” tab. Interested parties can also purchase tickets by calling the tournament ticket office at (864) 297-1660 and designating which charity should receive their purchase donation.

The 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will be played May 14-17. The 2009 host courses are Bright’s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel®.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide 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 14 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 $126,000 from the total purse of $700,000, 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 78 tournament beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first eight tournaments have raised $6.7 million for 125+ area charities. For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteerism, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at

Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

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Spartanburg, SC 29304


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