BMW Manufacturing Corp. and The Cliffs Reunite for 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Charities
BMW Manufacturing Corp. and The Cliffs Communities are once again teaming-up to host the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament. Last April’s second-annual event raised a record $515,739.02 for 44 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities.
The tournament will be played May 1-4, 2003 at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with PGA TOUR Nationwide Series professionals. (Nationwide Insurance replaces BUY.COM as the official tour sponsor at the end of the 2002 tour season). All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
“This Tour has been tremendously successful in identifying new stars and reinvigorating the careers of longtime PGA TOUR players,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Since its inception in 1990, this Tour essentially has become an extension of the PGA TOUR, with an equivalent high level of play. We look forward to its continued growth under the banner of Nationwide.”
“BMW Manufacturing and The Cliffs share a common vision of making this the best tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Series,” said Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “The Cliffs courses provide a challenging venue for the players, and a spectacular backdrop for our patrons. BMW provides the precise planning and attention to detail needed to make this event the success it is. Now, with a closer tie to the PGA TOUR, I see this event getting bigger and better. None of our success however, would be possible without the support and hospitality of our sponsors, communities, and volunteers.”
Although eight months away, planning for the May 2003 golf tournament is already in full swing.
“We are planning on solidifying a few celebrities in 2003 to prevent last-minute cancellations like last year,” McGrath said. “We also want more Carolinians to experience this area’s premier family entertainment happening. Most importantly, we are working very hard to raise as much money as possible for charity.”
“It’s so important that we raise money to help those in need,” Bobby Hitt, Manager of Public Affairs for BMW Manufacturing Corp. said. “This tournament benefits dozens of area charities while showcasing the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, and the generosity of its residents.”
“The Cliffs Communities is proud to host such a wonderful event for such a wonderful cause,” Jim Anthony, founder of The Cliffs Communities, said. “Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards are two remarkable settings for this tournament – and how appropriate, because the beauty of this event is seeing the community come together for the benefit of those who are less fortunate. That is why we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
“Bill Calfee, Senior Vice President of the PGA TOUR and Chief Operating Officer of the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Series has called this the premier event on this tour,” said Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “Players view our tournament as a major. Each year we have raised more money for charities. We want that to continue, and we are looking forward to keeping that tradition alive in 2003.”
The $575,000 tournament features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition, with the 12 best teams (eight best Pro-Celeb and four best Pro-Am) advancing to play for the BMW Charity Cup on Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $103,500, while the amateurs/celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice.
Last year, fans were again treated to a storybook finish as 27 year-old Charles Warren, a former Clemson University golfer and Upstate resident, recorded his first professional win to take home a first-place purse of $94,500. It was the second straight year that a former Clemson golfer won the event. Jonathan Byrd, who now competes on the PGA TOUR, won the inaugural event in 2001.
South Carolina Charities, Inc., is in the process of determining which celebrities will participate in the 2003 tournament, as well as which area charities will receive proceeds.
General Admission tickets for the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 660-1103. Clubhouse and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100 and $300 respectively. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Proceeds benefit local charities.
For more information on the golf tournament call (864) 660-1103.