First 10 Celebrity Commitments Announced for the 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation
The first 10 celebrity commitments for the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation were released today. The commitments for the 2010 tournament include actors Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, Patrick Warburton and Gary Valentine; Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney; CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano; musicians Pat Green, Javier Colon and Steve Azar; and NFL Super Bowl champion Kordell Stewart.
“Each year we extend invitations to 30 celebrities, but typically we don’t release the names until April,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “The response from our invitations was so quick this year, we thought the fans would appreciate knowing some of the names early. We hope to have the next 10 commitments to share with our fans in the near future.”
“In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we thought it would be a nice touch to release our celebrities in groups of 10,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “It’s exciting that we already have 10 commitments to share and we’re six months out from the event. The tournament has become such a popular charity event for celebrities that they want to commit as early as possible to ensure their spot in the lineup.”
Actor Kurt Russell has starred in movies including Overboard, Back Draft, Captain Ron, Tombstone, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, Vanilla Sky, and Miracle. This will be his fifth time participating in the tournament.
Actor Oliver Hudson stars alongside David Spade and Patrick Warburton in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement. Hudson’s other roles in TV shows and movies include Dawson’s Creek, Black Christmas, The Mountain, New Best Friend and The Out-of-Towners. Hudson is the son of Goldie Hawn and brother to Kate Hudson. This is Hudson’s third time participating in the tournament.’
Patrick Warburton has appeared as David Puddy on the hit TV series Seinfeld and stars alongside Hudson in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement. Warburton has also lended his voice to animated movies such as The Emperor’s New Groove, Family Guy, Open Season and Bee Movie. This is Warburton’s second time participating in the tournament.
Actor and Comedian Gary Valentine appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and has also had roles in the movies I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Stuck on You. Valentine had a reoccurring role on the CBS comedy The King of Queens alongside his real-life brother Kevin James. Valentine appeared on Comedy Central Presents and tours across the country with several comedy tours. This is Valentine’s fourth time participating in the tournament.
William “Dabo” Swinney is the head football coach of Clemson University. An Alabama native, Swinney attended the University of Alabama, where he joined the Crimson Tide football program as a walk-on wide receiver in 1989. Swinney joined the Alabama coaching staff as a graduate assistant, serving from 1993–95. In 2002, he joined Clemson’s staff as wide receivers coach. Swinney became Clemson’s head coach in December 2008. This is Swinney’s second time participating in the tournament.
Rob Marciano is a news and weather anchor for the CNN News Group and is based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta. His enterprise reporting contributed to the network’s comprehensive coverage of the historic 2005 hurricane season. Marciano also serves as a correspondent for Anderson Cooper 360. This is Marciano’s first time participating in the tournament.
Musician Pat Green got his start in country music while attending Texas Tech in the mid-’90s. Green, who has always been known for his “let the good times roll” attitude and guy-next-door charm, released his new studio album, WHAT I’M FOR, in January 2009. The album presents a versatile and passionate artist whose contagious enthusiasm for life is the foundation of this collection. This is Green’s third time appearing in the tournament.
Musician Javier Colon burst onto the scene in 2003 with the release of his self-titled album. His 2006 release, Left of Center, contains 13 tracks and is a mix of R&B, hip-hop, rock, pop balladry and straight-up soul. It also contains Latin, jazz, acoustic and gospel aspects. This will be Colon’s fifth appearance at the tournament.
Musician Steve Azar became a radio sensation with the release of I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday) and his video Waitin’ on Joe. His latest CD is Slide on Over Here. The come-on title refers both to the romance in some of the tunes and to the fact that the record is full of slide-guitar licks. This is Azar’s third time participating in the tournament.
Star quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kordell Stewart helped lead his team to the Super Bowl his very first season in the NFL in 1995. Despite his obvious prowess as a quarterback, Stewart also saw service as a wide receiver, running back, and punt returner, making him one of pro football’s most versatile players and earning him the nickname “Slash” from former head coach Bill Cowher. This will be Stewart’s third time participating in the tournament.
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 more than $7.3 million for 125+ area charities. The charities selected to benefit from the 2010 tournament are listed online at bmwcharitygolf.com
For more information about the 10 the 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.