Father and Son Duo Scheduled to Play in the 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation
Legendary pro golfer Jay Haas and his son, Jay Haas, Jr., are scheduled to compete as professionals in the 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation that begins May 19.
Haas, Jr., along with Brian Duncan, was one of two pros to earn an exemption in the tournament earlier this month when 27 local pros battled for the two open playing spots. When Haas Sr. learned that his son would be competing as a professional, he contacted the PGA TOUR and asked to play. He then contacted Tournament Director Darin MacDonald and asked to be in the same pro-am group with his son.
“When I heard that Jay, Jr. had qualified, my first thought was that it would be a great opportunity to play with him in our home town,” Jay Haas, Sr. said. “We played in the same field one year at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but this will be a chance to play in the same grouping. I’m looking forward to a great event.”
“This is going to be a very special week for me,” Jay Haas, Jr. said. “I grew up wanting to play golf just like my dad and now being paired with him is a dream come true.”
Spanning 35 years, Haas, Sr.’s professional career includes nine wins on the PGA TOUR, three Ryder Cup appearances and 14 wins on the Champion’s Tour. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1976 and was a member of the 1975 NCAA Championship team with Curtis Strange and Bob Byman that Golf World magazine has called “the greatest college team of all time.” He won the individual championship in 1975.
Haas, Jr., currently competes on the eGolf Tour.
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 www.2011bmwproam.com. To learn more about the tournament visit www.bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament on Facebook.