Conflict Prevents Pesci from Attending BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 05/13/2011

Actor Joe Pesci has withdrawn from the 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts it was announced today by tournament officials. Pesci is currently filming the movie Gotti, based on the life of mafia mob boss, John Gotti.

“It is unfortunate that Joe won’t be joining us, but we understand,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director. “They participate out of the goodness of their hearts, and when their schedules change, we understand that their work takes precedence.”

The 23 celebrities now scheduled to compete in this year’s tournament are Lucas Black, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Javier Colon, Jeffrey Donovan, Don Felder, Colt Ford, Bruce Greenwood, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Josh Kelley, Greg Kinnear, Cheech Marin, Rob Morrow, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kevin Sorbo, Danny Sullivan, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.

The 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 19-22, at Bright’s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses.

The first 10 tournaments have raised nearly $8 million for 150+ charities.

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 will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. 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.

For more information about the 11th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660. You can also view the 2011 sponsorship and playing opportunities at To learn more about the tournament visit or follow the tournament on Facebook.

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