Eighteen Pros Compete for Two Professional Exemptions in the 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 03/13/2010

Today at Thornblade Club, 18 pros competed for two professional exemptions in the 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. This is the first year that tournament officials have held a competition for exemptions.

Local pros and those with ties to the Upstate include Nick Biershenk, Tommy Biershenk, Ben Duncan, Brian Duncan, Tanner Ervin, Jay Haas Jr., Demond “HB” Hale, Adam Hart, Luke Hart, Matt Hendrix, Phillip Maness, David Mobley, Phillip Mollica and Kevin Schreel. Pros with sponsor ties to the tournament include Dustin Bray, David Eades, Tim O’Neal and David Robinson.

“With the huge amount of pro golf talent we have residing in the Upstate along with the desire to fulfill tournament sponsor requests, it has become a difficult task to select who is most deserving of receiving one of our pro exemptions,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “This new qualifier allows us to say that they’re all worthy of an exemption, but they’ll have to settle it on the playground.”

The two winners of today’s competition will be announced at the conclusion of play.

The 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 13-16, 2010, at Bright’s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

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.

The first nine tournaments have raised nearly $7.3 million for 125+ area charities. The charities selected to benefit from the 2010 tournament are listed online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

For more information about the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660. You can also learn more about the tournament online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com or by following the tournament on Facebook.

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