Bowden and Duncan Earn Professional Exemptions in the 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation
Playoff Needed to Decide Winners; Lawrence, Jr. Named First Alternate
Easley resident and Furman University graduate Daniel Bowden, and Clemson University graduate and Mt. Pleasant resident Brian Duncan, beat out 23 other pros today at Thornblade Club to win two professional exemptions in the 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament. But it didn’t come after 18 holes.
Bowden, Duncan and Anderson resident and USC-Upstate alum Mike Lawrence, Jr. all finished 18 holes of regulation play at -3 under par 68. A sudden death playoff was needed to decide the winners, with Bowden and Duncan earning the exemptions and Lawrence, Jr. being named first alternate. Ironically, Bowder and Lawrence Jr. were high school teammates at Easley High School.
“I’m happy, but it was weird playing with [Lawrence, Jr.],” Bowden said. “We are very good friends and were high school teammates at Easley. He lived right across the golf course from me growing up.”
“I’m relieved,” said Duncan. “I’ve been working hard. Mentally, I can see the results, but the scores aren’t there yet. It’s right around the corner.”
This is the third year that tournament officials have held a competition for exemptions.
“With so many talented and deserving pro golfers in the area, the qualifier has proved to be a great way to select who will earn the two exemptions,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald.
Twenty-five (25) pros competed for the two exemptions. Along with Bowden, Duncan and Lawrence, Jr., the 22 additional pros who participated in the competition included Dustin Adair, Robbie Biershenk, George Bryan IV, Brad Caldwell, Ben Duncan, Drew Ernst, Scott Feaster, Garland Ferrell, Davie Field, Josh Gallman, Alex Hamilton, Michael Maness, David May, Phillip Mollica, Garrett Osborn, Stephen Poole, Jordan Powell, Austin Reeves, Tyler Rody, Kevin Schreel, Daniel Stanley and Frank Wrenn.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for more than 150 charities.
The 2012 tournament will take place May 17-20, 2012, at Thornblade Club, The Carolina Country Club and Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.
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 takes home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. 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.
A live broadcast of the tournament can be seen on Golf Channel® Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. and on Sunday, May 20 from 2-4 p.m.
Playing and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 tournament are available at www.bmwproam.com.
For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website http://www.bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm.
2012 Ticket Information
To order tickets, visit www.buybmwtickets.com. One-hundred percent of the purchase price of Daily, Patron and Clubhouse Credentials may be donated to one of the tournament’s 27 charitable partners. Parking is included with all tickets.
*NEW FOR 2012* DAILY GROUNDS CREDENTIAL – $10 – Grants access to the grounds at one of the tournament courses one day during tournament play.
PATRON CREDENTIAL – $25 – Grants access to the grounds at all three tournament courses Thursday, 5/17 thru Saturday, 5/19 and at Thornblade Club on Sunday, 5/20.
CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $50 – Grants access to the grounds at all three courses and access to the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Carolina Country Club Thursday, 5/17 thru Saturday, 5/19. This credential also grants access to the grounds and clubhouse at Thornblade Club on Sunday, 5/20. Clubhouse Credential holders may purchase breakfast, lunch and beverages in the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Carolina Country Club.
TWO-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $75 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus two meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Carolina Country Club.
FOUR-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $100 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus four meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Carolina Country Club.