Celebrity Walk of Fame; Concerts; Golf Exhibition; S.C. Junior Golf Association Ball Highlight BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Special Events

Greenville, S.C. - 02/17/2004

Grammy award-winning bands The Gatlin Brothers and Hootie & The Blowfish will each perform concerts as part of the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.

The Gatlin Brothers concert will be held Tuesday, April 27 at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium beginning at 8:30 p.m. Copper Hill, a local four-person Bluegrass band, will open for The Gatlin Brothers at 8 p.m. A limited number of general admission tickets are available at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium box office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday – Friday or at www.crowdpleaser.com. Prices at the box offices are $28.50. Seating begins at 7 p.m. The Gatlin Brothers are best known for their hit songs, “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” and “Broken Lady.”

Hootie & The Blowfish will perform Friday, April 30 at The Bi-Lo Center beginning at 9 p.m. Local singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will open for the band at 8 p.m. A limited number of reserved-seating tickets are available at the Bi-Lo Center box office or by calling Ticket Master at (864) 233-2525. Ticket prices are $30. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Hootie & The Blowfish are best known for their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View , which won two 1995 Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Pop Duo/Group. The album featured such hits as, “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Hold My Hand,” and “Let Her Cry.”

The concerts are to help support the 29 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities benefiting from the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, which will be played April 29-May 2, 2004, at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses.

Fans are also expected to gather on Main St. in front of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, Thursday evening, April 29, at 7 p.m. for the Celebrity Walk of Fame, where celebrities participating in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will assemble to greet fans and sign autographs. Celebrities that are scheduled to participate in the tournament include: Kevin Costner, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, Branford Marsalis, Lou Holtz, Michael O’Keefe, Cheech Marin, Alice Cooper and John O’Hurley, to name a few. Legendary golfers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are also expected to attend.

The DUNLOP Golf Exhibition featuring Sean ‘The Beast’ Fister, a two-time world long drive champion, will be held Saturday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at Cliffs Valley. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a free DUNLOP gift bag.

The final special event tied to the golf tournament is the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s second annual Golf Ball, Saturday, May 1, at the downtown Greenville Hyatt Regency from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event support S.C. Junior Golf Association programs. Festivities include a silent and live auction, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Tickets are $50 for individuals or $80 for couples. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Interested parties need to RSVP by April 24, to Marshall Bettendorf at (864) 268-3215 or Tim Kreger at tkreger@scgolf.org.

The concerts, Celebrity Walk of Fame, Golf Exhibition, and S.C. Junior Golf Association Ball will highlight a week of activities surrounding the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will be played April 29-May 2, 2004 at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

The tournament is one of the premier events on the Nationwide Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day better-ball competition. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000, while the amateurs/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.

General Admission tickets for the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 through one of the 29 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Each of the 29 charities will receive $15 (75%) back from every $20 general admission ticket that it sells. In order for the charities to receive proceeds, tickets much be purchased directly from them. 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.

The first three tournaments have raised over $1.65 million for charity.

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 15th season, its second with Nationwide serving as the umbrella sponsor. The 2004 season will consist of 31 events played in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Panama. Purses will exceed $15.8 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the PGA TOUR for 2005. The Tour is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its web site is www.pgatour.com.

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