Celebrity Roster of 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation.

Greenville, SC - 04/20/2017

World Series Champions, Grammy nominee, an Emmy winner and a Super Bowl hero are among  the celebrities set to join the 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. The stars, along with fellow amateurs, will tee off with professional golfers the week of May 15-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club. The tournament will be one of only four Web.com Tour tournaments to test the use of distance measuring devices during competition, bringing the local tournament into the fold of a potentially historic decision by the PGA TOUR.

The celebrity roster for 2017 includes: Jose Alvarez (former MLB) Steve Azar (country music artist); Chris Barron (The Spin Doctors); Josh Beckett (former Major League Baseball player); Tim Brando (FOX Sports broadcaster); Mark Bryan (Hootie and The Blowfish); Andy Buckley (actor, Odd Mom Out); Larry the Cable Guy (comedian); Colt Ford (country music artist); Carmine Giovinazzo (actor, Criminal Minds/CSI:NY); Scott Henry (comedian); Dan Jansen (Olympian); Chipper Jones (former MLB player); Richard Karn (actor, Home Improvement); John O’Hurley (actor, Seinfeld); Lisa O’Hurley (Fashion Designer); Paul O’Neil (former MLB player); Russ Ortiz (former MLB player); Preston Pohl (singer, The Voice); Alfonso Ribeiro (host, America’s Funniest Home Videos); Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers); Gary Valentine (actor, Kevin Can Wait); Tim Wakefield (former MLB player); Justin Wheelon (Emmy Award-winning producer).

“Tournament week is going to once again be packed with sport and entertainment,” said Bob Nitto, president, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “The economic impact the event has on the Upstate is substantial, all the while benefitting some very worthwhile charitable organizations. It’s a one-of-a-kind combination for our community, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic support the tournament and related events receive.”

Select musical talent participating in the tournament will entertain the masses at a FREE Celebrity Concert on Main after play concludes on Thursday, May 18. The jam session will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Greenville.

A private ticketed concert ($250) will take place on Friday, May 19. The Concert Party is an exclusive evening which will include musical entertainment, menu by Larkin’s on the River and beverages. Tickets may be purchased through South Carolina Charities Director of Sales, Linda Johnson (864.517.2383; ljohnson@sccharities.org).

Other tournament week events include the inaugural Executive Women’s Day on Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at Furman University’s Trone Student Center. The event will include a panel discussion for women by women. Keynote speaker for the event will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run. Tickets for that event are also available through Linda Johnson.

New charities benefiting from the 2017 tournament include: The Blade Jr. Golf Classic, Blue Ridge Council – Boy Scouts of America, Center for Developmental Services and The Furman Advantage. Returning charities include: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, NCCAA, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, SYNNEX Share the Magic, and Upstate Warrior Solution.

For Volunteer opportunities contact Macy Covington at mcovington@sccharities.org.


The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Web.com 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 10 lowest scoring pro-amateur teams, six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams and the lowest 65 pros (and ties) advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club.


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Media Contact: Trana Pittam, tpittam@sccharities.org, 864.350.6333

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