Fujifilm Airship Returns to Provide Aerial Coverage of 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
The Fujifilm Airship will once again provide aerial coverage of the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament that will be played April 29-May 2, 2004, at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses.
“Fujifilm out of Greenwood has made arrangements to provide its famous blimp to provide aerial coverage of the tournament,” said Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “It is so cool having the blimp overhead during tournament week. It adds a special dimension to the tournament, and reinforces that this is the premier event on the Nationwide PGA Tour and the ‘happening’ in the Upstate. It is a terrific testimonial as to how Fujifilm views this event and is just one way they are supporting the tournament.”
One of the largest and most recognizable airships in the sky, the twin-engine blimp can hold eight passengers (including two pilots), and cruise at 35-40 MPH, 1,000-3,000 ft. above ground level. Normal cruising altitude is 1,200-1,500 ft. The Fujifilm Blimp is 197-ft. long, 66-ft. tall, and weighs approximately 16,000 lbs. It is lifted by nonflammable helium gas, and powered by two turbocharged Porsche 930 engines that produce 255 HP.
The blimp, which was first launched in 1984 in conjunction with the company’s sponsorship of the Los Angles Olympics, flies a total of 48 weeks per year throughout the country, and will clock anywhere from 20,000-30,000 miles annually – enough to circle the globe 1.5 times. The Fujifilm Airship travels with a 22-person crew that includes pilots, engineers, electricians, mechanics, and ground handlers. A 15-ton mast truck moors the blimp when it is not flying. For additional information on the Fujifilm Blimp, visit www.fujifilm.com/blimp.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will be played April 29-May 2, 2004 at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The tournament is one of the premier events on the Nationwide Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day better-ball competition. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000, while the amateurs/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.
General Admission tickets for the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 through one of the 29 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Each of the 29 charities will receive $15 (75%) back from every $20 general admission ticket that it sells. In order for the charities to receive proceeds, tickets much be purchased directly from them. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660.
The first three tournaments have raised over $1.65 million for charity.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament or sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour is in its 15th season, its second with Nationwide serving as the umbrella sponsor. The 2004 season will consist of 31 events played in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Panama. Purses will exceed $15.8 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the PGA TOUR for 2005. The Tour is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its web site is www.pgatour.com.
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In the U.S., Fujifilm employs over 10,000 people. The company is a leader in delivering high quality, easy-to-use imaging and information solutions in the following categories: Digital Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media, Film and Imaging Systems, Motion Picture Film, Graphic Arts and Printing Systems and Medical Imaging and Diagnostics Systems. Fujifilm is committed to being an environmentally friendly, humane enterprise and an exemplary corporate citizen.
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