BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Announces Final Celebrity Commitments for 2010
The final celebrity commitments for the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation were released today during the tournament’s Media Day. The latest commitments for the golf tournament include the following first time participants: actor Samuel L. Jackson; TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw; actor and S.C. native Thomas Gibson; and Don Felder, lead guitarist for the Eagles from 1974-2001. Returning celebrities include actors Dennis Quaid, Jason Dohring, Lucas Black, Luke Wilson, actress Catherine Bell, Baseball Hall of Fame member Jim Rice and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.
This announcement brings the total celebrity commitments for the 2010 tournament to 28. The first two groups of celebrity commitments announced in December and February included actors Kurt Russell, Terry O’Quinn, Oliver Hudson, Michael Pena, Patrick Warburton, Kevin Sorbo, Gary Valentine and actress Paula Trickey; musicians Joe Don Rooney, Branford Marsalis and Javier Colon; Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney; CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano; athletes Sterling Sharpe and Kordell Stewart; broadcast journalist and Greenville native Jennifer Mills; and The Apprentice winner Stefanie Schaeffer.
“Not only do we have great additions to this year’s line up of celebrities, we have a record number in the field,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “We are excited to have many of the fan favorites return to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary.”
Samuel L. Jackson is respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood and an undisputed star, as demonstrated in the fact that his films have grossed the most money in box office sales than any other actor in the history of filmmaking. While still a student at Morehouse in 1972, Jackson made his film debut in Together for Days. Jackson has since appeared in over 100 films, including hits like 1408, Episodes I, II and III of Star Wars, Snakes on a Plane, Coach Carter, S.W.A.T., The Negotiator, XXX, XXX: State of the Union, Shaft, Rules of Engagement, Deep Blue Sea, Sphere, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction (where he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor), Jurassic Park and Patriot Games. Jackson made a cameo in the hit Iron Man and also lent his voice to the 2009 hit Inglourious Basterds. This is Jackson’s first time playing in the tournament.
Dr. Phil McGraw has galvanized millions of people to “get real” about their own behavior and create more positive lives. Dr. Phil, his syndicated, daily one-hour series, is the second highest-rated daytime talk show in the nation. He holds a B.A. from Midwestern State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from North Texas State University. Dr. Phil is also the author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. An avid tennis player, golfer and scuba diver, Dr. Phil lives in Los Angeles with his wife Robin. The couple, married for 33 years, has two sons, Jay and Jordan. This is his firs time playing in the tournament.
Thomas Gibson, born in Charleston, S.C., currently stars in the CBS series Criminal Minds as Unit Chief Supervisory Special Agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner, the head of the BAU team. Previously, he starred in two popular television series in the 1990s: the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope as Dr. Danny Nyland, and then a very successful comic turn as Gregory Clifford Montgomery in the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg. Gibson has also had film roles in Eyes Wide Shut and Far and Away, both alongside Tom Cruise. Gibson has been married since 1993 and has three children. This is Gibson’s first time playing in the tournament.
Don Felder is a musician and songwriter best known for his work as lead guitarist for the Eagles from 1974 until 2001. In 1974, Felder was called by the Eagles to add slide guitar to their song Good Day in Hell; the following day he was invited to join the band. Felder’s guitar harmonies proved to be an important ingredient to the band’s sound, and it was Felder who composed all of the music to one of rock’s all-time greatest tracks, Hotel California, including its epic guitar solo. After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Felder contributed solo tracks to various soundtracks and also made guest appearances on other artists’ albums such as the Bee Gees and Stevie Nicks. In 1994, the Eagles reunited and released Hell Freezes Over, featuring old tunes alongside a pair of new compositions. The group’s ensuing tour proved to be a blockbuster success, but a rumored all-new studio album by the reunited group failed to materialize. Felder parted ways with the band in February 2001. This will be his first time playing in the tournament.
Dennis Quaid’s acting career began after his brother, Randy Quaid, was nominated for an Academy Award for The Last Detail, in 1973. After his first appearance in Crazy Mama, Quaid gained positive reviews in The Right Stuff and went on to star in hits including: Great Balls of Fire, Enemy Mine, The Rookie, Far From Heaven (where he received a Golden Globe nomination), In Good Company, Dragonheart, The Parent Trap, Wyatt Earp, Frequency, Any Given Sunday, The Day After Tomorrow and Vantage Point. Quaid’s most recent films include G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Legion. Along with being an avid golfer, he has his pilot’s license and is a musician, playing with his band The Sharks. This is Quaid’s third time playing in the tournament.
Jason Dohring got his start in commercials and then moved into roles in movies and television. He has appeared on J.A.G., Roswell, Boston Public, The Division, and Cold Case among others. Dohring also co-starred opposite Randy Quaid in the made-for-television film, Black Cadillac. His breakout role was portraying the scene-stealing Logan Echolls on the critically acclaimed series Veronica Mars. On top of being a talented actor, Dohring is an expert skier and enjoys snowboarding, water skiing, golf and boxing. This is Dohring’s third time playing in the tournament.
Lucas Black made his first film debut in the Kevin Costner film The War at the age of 11. The small role helped him land his next job in the series American Gothic. Black went on to star in movies such as Friday Night Lights, Legion, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as roles in Cold Mountain, All the Pretty Horses, Jarhead and Legion. This is Black’s second time playing in the tournament.
Luke Wilson began his acting career starring in a film (Bottle Rocket, 1994) co-written by his brother, Owen. Wilson has played opposite several of Hollywood’s leading ladies including Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Simpson and Uma Thurmond. Wilson has also appeared in a number of other movies like Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hoot, Blades of Glory and Henry Poole is Here. Wilson is currently the spokesman for AT&T. This is Wilson’s second time playing in the tournament.
Catherine Bell is best known as Marine Corps attorney Lt. Colonel Sarah ‘Mac’ Mackenzie on the former hit TV series, J.A.G. , and has recently gained notoriety for her role in as Denise Sherwood in the hit Lifetime series Army Wives. Bell also starred in the Sci-Fi network’s original miniseries The Triangle, where she was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress. She has also had supporting roles in the hit movies Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty as television news anchor Susan Ortega. Bell was voted the 38th sexiest girl in FHM’s “2002 Sexiest Girls” edition. Bell was born in London, but moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of two. She is fluent in the Persian language of Farsi. This will be her sixth appearance.
Jim Rice is a former Major League Baseball Player who played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox (1974-1989). An eight-time American League All-Star, he was named the AL’s Most Valuable Player in 1978 after becoming the first major league player in 19 years to hit for 400 total bases, and went on to become the ninth player to lead the major leagues in total bases in consecutive seasons, and join Ty Cobb as one of two players to lead the AL in total bases three years in a row. In the late 1970s he was part of one of the sport’s great outfields along with Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans, who was his teammate for his entire career. When Rice retired, his 1,503 career games in left field ranked seventh in AL history. Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2009, as the 103rd member elected in by the BBWAA. This is Rice’s third time playing in the tournament.
As the 1980 Heisman Trophy-winning running back from the University of South Carolina, George Rogers rolled up 21 consecutive 100-yard games, including every game his senior year, when he led the nation in rushing with 1,781 yards and tied for third in TDs with 14. New Orleans Saints coach Bum Phillips, who made Rogers the top NFL ‘81 draft choice, noted the running back’s double edge – Rogers could dodge a defender or run over him. Rogers was a member of the 1987 Washington Redskins Super Bowl Championship team. He retired in 1988. Rogers and professional partner Kyle Thompson, also an alumnus of South Carolina, won the 2002 Pro-Celebrity portion of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. This will be Rogers’ tenth appearance, one of only two celebrities who has competed in every tournament.
The 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 13-16, 2010, at 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 presented by SYNNEX Corporation 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 $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first nine tournaments have raised nearly $7.3 million for 125+ area charities. The charities selected to benefit from the 2010 tournament are listed online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
For more information about the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660. You can also learn more about the tournament online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com or by following the tournament on Facebook.