Costner, Marino, O’Hurley and Bench Returning for BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 02/21/2002

Actor Kevin Costner, future NFL Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench, and actor John O’Hurley are among the celebrities that will return to the Upstate this April for the 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.

Costner is an actor/director/producer, and has starred in such hits as, The Untouchables, No Way Out, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK, and the 1996 golf movie Tin Cup. He won the BMW Charity Cup division in last year’s tournament and donated his winnings to the St. Francis Bone Marrow Transplant Wing.

Marino, former quarterback of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, spent 17 years with the Dolphins where he set NFL career records in passing completions (4,967), passing yardage (61,361 yards), touchdown passes (420), and passing attempts (8,358).

O’Hurley, who currently hosts To Tell the Truth and Get Golf with the PGA Tour!, and has been featured in numerous television commercials, will forever be remembered for his sitcom parody of real-life catalog mogul J. Peterman on the hit TV series Seinfeld.

Still the standard by which Major League Baseball catchers are compared, Johnny Bench controlled the game from both behind the plate and from the batters box. He won two MVP awards and 10 Gold Gloves during his 17 seasons as one of the leaders of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine.” Bench was elected into the baseball Hall-of-Fame in 1989.

Other celebrities scheduled to participate include: Award-winning musician Edwin McCain, who is from Greenville; Darius Rucker, lead singer of the hit group Hootie and The Blowfish, who is from Charleston; and Rudy and Steve Gatlin of the country music band The Gatlin Brothers. More celebrities are scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

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) 660-1121. 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; Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Seeber USA; Pepsi-Cola; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Draexlmaier; ADSPECS; The Budd Company; The Greenville Journal; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; Delta Airlines; The Greenville News; Brose North America; CC+I; Findlay Industries; 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; 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; TNT Logistics North America; Workwell Business Health Care Services; Hershey; Triangle Ice.

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