Celebrity Field Set – Soap Opera Star Jack Wagner, Tennis Great Jim Courier, and Former M*A*S*H* Cast Member Jamie Farr, Latest Additions to Play in BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 04/17/2002

Television star Jack Wagner, tennis great Jim Courier, and former M*A*S*H* cast member Jamie Farr, are the latest celebrities scheduled to participate in next week’s second-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.

The tournament will be played April 25-28, 2002, at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

Wagner, who played in last year’s event, is best known for his roles as Dr. Peter Burns in the popular television series “Melrose Place,” and as Frisco Jones in the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” Wagner received an Emmy nomination as Best Young Actor for his role on “General Hospital.”

Following John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, Courier was the first American tennis player to be ranked No.1 in the world. Courier, who won four grand slam titles (two Australian Opens and two French Opens), built his reputation as one of the toughest and hardest-working players on the pro tour. The spunky, red-haired Floridian’s hours of training, extreme workouts, unwillingness to give up, and desire to succeed opened his road to success.

Best known as “Klinger” on the hit TV series M*A*S*H, Farr has been featured in more than 30 films and television shows, and has a successful stage career. The only cast member of M*A*S*H to actually serve in the Army during the Korean War, Farr has an LPGA tournament named in his honor – The Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.

Other celebrities scheduled to participate in this year’s tournament include: Actor Kevin Costner; future NFL Hall-of-Famer John Elway; Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt; actor John O’Hurley, who played J. Peterman on the hit TV series Seinfeld; television talk-show host Maury Povich; award-winning musician Edwin McCain; Rudy and Steve Gatlin of the country music band The Gatlin Brothers; current NFL quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Mark Rypien; former NHL standouts Pierre LaRouche and Dan Quinn; former professional football quarterbacks Steve Bartkowski, John Congemi and Billy Joe Tolliver; Heisman Trophy winner and former South Carolina and NFL running back George Rogers; and Jennifer Mills, a Greenville native who is currently an anchor/reporter for The Golf Channel.

Future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino, baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench, singer/songwriter Darius Rucker, and actors David James Elliott and Thomas Gibson have withdrawn from the tournament due to scheduling conflicts. All five had previously agreed to participate.

“Unfortunately, that’s the way things work sometimes,” Darin MacDonald, Tournament Director, said. “All of these celebrities have contractual obligations that can pull them away with little or no notice. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the week of our tournament, but there are no hard feelings. They are all disappointed that they can’t participate. They come here out of the goodness of their heart to help those that are less fortunate, and they will always be welcome here.”

“I was really looking forward to participating in the event because I’m a South Carolina native,” Gibson, who plays “Greg” on the hit TV series Dharma & Greg, said. “I’ve landed a movie deal, and unfortunately in my line of work, you have to take the opportunities when they become available.”

“We’re thrilled with the celebrities that are coming to our event,” Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the tournament, said. “The quality of the stars are why this tournament is in a class of its own. Their presence, along with the TOUR professionals, create a level of excitement Greenville doesn’t see most of the year. Of course we wish all the celebrities could join us, but we know that is unrealistic.

“The reason this event was created was to raise funds for charitable organizations in the Upstate and western North Carolina. The opportunity to see people like Kevin Costner, John Elway, John O’Hurley and others up close is truly exciting. The celebrities, the great golf, the South Carolina scenery and southern hospitality, along with countless volunteers and the support of our sponsors make this the premier event on the BUY.COM TOUR.”

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament is the only BUY.COM TOUR event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition. The 12 best teams (eight best Pro-Celeb and four best Pro-Am) advance to play for the BMW Charity Cup on Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $94,500 from the total purse of $525,000, while the amateurs/celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice.

Coming off of a stellar inaugural event, last April’s tournament raised $500,000 for 30 Upstate and Western N.C. charities. That is a record on the PGA TOUR for the most money ever raised from a first-time BUY.COM event.

General Admission tickets for the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 660-1103. Clubhouse, Skybox and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100, $200, and $300 respectively. Other sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Proceeds benefit local charities.

For more information on the golf tournament call (864) 660-1103, or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharityproam.pgatour.com or www.bmwusfactory.com and click on the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs logo. For more information on The Cliffs Communities visit its website at www.cliffscommunities.com, and for more information on the PGA TOUR visit its website at www.pgatour.com.

Other sponsors who contribute funds to the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament include: Verizon Wireless; SUITT Construction; Focus Golf/Dunlop; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Lear Corp.; IMI Resort Holdings; Magna-International; Budweiser of Greenville; Duravit USA; Maxfli Golf, a division of TaylorMade-adidas Golf; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Seeber USA; Pepsi-Cola; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Stephen Fuller, Inc.; Draexlmaier; ADSPECS; The Budd Company; The Greenville Journal; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; Delta Airlines; The Greenville News; Brose North America; CC+I; Lemforder; MT Tech AG; Spartanburg Steel; SUNEX Tools; Central Carolina Bank; ClubCar; Gentex; Outback Steakhouse; Plastic Omnium; Textron; AR Funding; Softlab; Westin Poinsett; Ben Arnold-Sunbelt Beverage Company; Diversified Coating System; ASC; FS Fehrer; Golf Headquarters of Louisville; Greenville Industrial, Rubber & Gasket; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; ImageWare Systems; John Jackson LLC; Kobrand; Pro Golf of Greenville; TNT Logistics North America; Putman Travel; S.A.M.; ElDeCo; Preferred Sourcing, Inc.; Ashmore Brothers Construction; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Merrill Lynch; Piedmont Natural Gas; Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; Upstate Alliance; Soby’s; Chick-fil-A; Fuddruckers; Ryder Transportation Services; Behr NA; General Mills; Global Performance; Joseph Konopacke; Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; Cameron and Barkley Co.; B-F Company; Delphi Automotive Systems; Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc., Xerox, Genco of Simpsonville, Inc.; Zuena Staerker; TMG Golf; Carolina Brick and Block; Battenfeld of America, Inc.; IKON; Cintas; Diversco; Newlife Turf; Togar Rugs; Tom Kannegiesser; Floralscapes; Payne, McGinn & Cummins, Inc.; AMICA; Workwell Business Health Care Services; Hershey; Triangle Ice.

 

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