Fujifilm Airship Returns to Provide Aerial Coverage of 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
The Fujifilm Airship will once again provide aerial coverage of the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament that will be played April 28-May 1, 2005, at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses.
“Fujifilm out of Greenwood has made arrangements to provide its famous airship to provide aerial coverage of the tournament,” said Doug McGrath, co-chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “It is so cool having the airship 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 makes this the ‘happening’ in the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. The airship is a visual testimonial as to how Fujifilm supports the community and is just one way they are active in this exciting tournament.”
One of the largest and most recognizable airships in the sky, the airship 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 Airship is 197-ft. long, 66-ft. tall, and weighs approximately 16,000 lbs. It is lifted by nonflammable helium gas and is powered by two turbocharged engines that produce 255 HP. And, because it’s the Fujifilm Airship, the cabin comes equipped with the latest digital cameras and picture-making technology.
The Fujifilm Airship, 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.
The 2005 tournament will be played April 28-May 1, 2005 at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide PGA Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the 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 Cliffs Valley. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cliffs Valley will serve as the host course. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. 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.
Last spring’s events raised a record $763,646 for 31 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities. The first four tournaments have raised more than $2.4 million for area charities.
General Admission tickets for the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 28 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. 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.
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 16th season in 2005. Nationwide, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services providers, is in its third year as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour. The 2005 season will consist of 31 events played in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and 22 U.S. states. Purses will top $16 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the 2006 PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its website is www.pgatour.com.