Celebrity Course Rotation Announced for Upcoming BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

ARDEN, N.C. - 04/06/2005

Wondering where your favorite celebrity will be playing in this month’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament? Celebrity course rotations were revealed at a tournament luncheon this afternoon at Lake Julian. The tournament, which begins Thursday, April 28, at Cliffs Valley off of Hwy. 25 in S.C., The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards near Sunset, S.C., is the Nationwide Tour’s equivalent of the AT&T National Pro-Am played at Pebble Beach.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide PGA Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will 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 Cliffs Valley.

Celebrities that are playing in this year’s event include: Kevin Costner and his wife Christine, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Brad Daugherty, Kevin Sorbo, Cheech Marin, John O’Hurley and his wife Lisa Mesloh, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, George Rogers, Brian Griese, Steve Bartkowski, Chris Chandler, Don Edwards, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, and Steve Nicklaus. Famed international golfer and Grand Slam winner Gary Player will also participate.

Play begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. each morning at all courses.

Celebrities will play the following course rotations:

Thursday, Walnut Cove; Friday, Keowee Vineyards; Saturday, Cliffs Valley:

  • Kevin Costner
  • Christine Costner
  • Brian Griese
  • Jennifer Mills
  • Steve Nicklaus
  • Dan Quayle
  • Steve Spurrier

Thursday, Keowee Vineyards; Friday, Cliffs Valley; Saturday, Walnut Cove:

  • Steve Bartkowski
  • Brad Daugherty
  • Don Edwards
  • Cheech Marin
  • Lisa Mesloh
  • John O’Hurley
  • Kurt Russell

Thursday, Cliffs Valley; Friday, Walnut Cove; Saturday, Keowee Vineyards:

  • Catherine Bell
  • Chris Chandler
  • Lou Holtz
  • Gary Player
  • George Rogers
  • Kevin Sorbo
  • Ben Wright

Sunday: All golf is played at Cliffs Valley

Player tee times will be announced on Tuesday, April 26 and can be found on the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

The 2005 tournament will be played April 28-May 1, 2005 at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide PGA Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will 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 Cliffs Valley. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cliffs Valley will serve as the host course. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, 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 beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

Last spring’s events raised a record $763,646 for 31 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities. The first four tournaments have raised more than $2.4 million for area charities.

General Admission tickets for the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 28 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660.

For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament or sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour is in its 16th season in 2005. Nationwide, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services providers, is in its third year as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour. The 2005 season will consist of 31 events played in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and 22 U.S. states. Purses will top $16 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the 2006 PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its website is www.pgatour.com.

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