Elway; Schmidt Withdraw from BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 04/19/2002

Former NFL quarterback John Elway and former Major League Baseball third baseman Mike Schmidt will not participate in next week’s second-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament as previously committed.

“Mike (Schmidt) regretfully had to withdraw due to illness that kept him in the hospital all of this week,” Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the tournament, said. “John (Elway) just learned that he was granted an NFL franchise and is deeply mired in that process. Both expressed disappointment in not being able to make it this year. I am disappointed, but it is understandable. I feel bad for their fans who had been looking forward to seeing them up close and personal ever since we began publicizing their involvement.”

Celebrities that will participate in this year’s tournament include: Actor Kevin Costner; actor John O’Hurley, who played J. Peterman on the hit TV series Seinfeld; soap opera star Jack Wagner; actor Jamie Farr, who played “Klinger on the hit TV show M*A*S*H*; television talk-show host Maury Povich; award-winning musician Edwin McCain; Rudy and Steve Gatlin of the country music band The Gatlin Brothers; tennis great Jim Courier; current NFL quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Mark Rypien; former NHL standouts Pierre LaRouche and Dan Quinn; former professional football quarterbacks Steve Bartkowski, John Congemi and Billy Joe Tolliver; Heisman Trophy winner and former South Carolina and NFL running back George Rogers; and Jennifer Mills, a Greenville native who is currently an anchor/reporter for The Golf Channel.

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.

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.

General Admission tickets for the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 660-1103, or purchased at the BMW Zentrum, area Spinx convenience stores, and area Central Carolina Bank’s. Clubhouse, Skybox and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100, $200, and $300 respectively. 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; Maxfli Golf, a division of TaylorMade-adidas Golf; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Seeber USA; Pepsi-Cola; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Stephen Fuller, Inc.; Draexlmaier; ADSPECS; The Budd Company; The Greenville Journal; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; Delta Airlines; The Greenville News; Brose North America; CC+I; 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; TNT Logistics North America; 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; Workwell Business Health Care Services; Hershey; Triangle Ice.

 

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