Golf Channel to Televise 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament Golf Channel anchor; Greenville native Jennifer Mills to participate
The Golf Channel, golf’s premier 24-hour network dedicated entirely to the sport of golf, will televise live all four rounds of the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament. The event will be played at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses April 25-28, 2002.
This marks the second consecutive year the tournament will be shown live on The Golf Channel. Greenville native and The Golf Channel anchor/reporter Jennifer Mills will participate in the 2002 tournament as a celebrity.
“We are thrilled to have The Golf Channel involved once again,” said Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “Having The Golf Channel televise the event literally around the world provides the unique opportunity to showcase the beauty of the area, the hospitality of our citizens, and highlight the players, celebrities, charities and sponsors that make this tournament special. We are delighted that The Golf Channel thought so highly of April’s (2001) inaugural event that they want to return in 2002.”
“We are pleased that The Golf Channel is returning to The Cliffs to televise our event,” Jim Anthony, founder of The Cliffs Communities, said. “Having The Golf Channel as a partner underscores the quality of this tournament.”
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs 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.
Coming off of a stellar event that brought actor Kevin Costner and future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino to the Upstate, April’s inaugural tournament raised $500,000 for 30 charities. That is a record on the PGA TOUR for the most money ever raised from a first-time BUY.COM event.
The four-day total attendance of 25,000 also exceeded expectations. According to PGA TOUR officials, Friday’s estimated 12,000 fans was a record turnout for a first-time BUY.COM TOUR event.
Fans were treated to a storybook finish as 23 year-old Jonathan Byrd, a former Clemson University golfer and Upstate resident, recorded his first professional win. The win launched Byrd’s career, as he went on to finish the 2001 year ranked 8th on the money list and earn an automatic bid to compete on the 2002 PGA TOUR.
South Carolina Charities, Inc., is in the process of inviting celebrities to participate in the 2002 tournament. Marino and singer Edwin McCain have already agreed to participate, and other announcements are forthcoming.
General Admission tickets for the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 660-1121. Clubhouse, Skybox and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100, $200, and $300 respectively. Other sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Proceeds benefit local charities.
For more information on the golf tournament call (864) 660-1121, 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; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Lear Corp.; IMI Resort Holdings; Magna-Europe; Budweiser of Greenville; Duravit USA; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Lemforder; Seeber USA; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Draexlmaier; Adspecs; The Budd Company; Webasto; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; The Greenville Journal; Brose; CC+I; Findlay Industries; MT Tech AG; Spartanburg Steel; SUNEX Tools; Cintas; CCB; Chick-fil-A; Ryder Transportation Services; Softlab; Westin Poinsett; ASC; FS Fehrer; Golf Headquarters; Greenville Industrial Supply; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; John Jackson LLC; Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; Pro Golf of Greenville; Putman Travel; S.A.M.; Ashmore Brothers Construction; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Merrill Lynch; Piedmont Natural Gas; Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; General Mills; Global Performance; Joseph Konopacke; Outback Steakhouse; B-F Company; Delphi Automotive Systems; IKON; Zuena Staerker; Bolle; TMG Golf; Carolina Brick and Block; Fuddruckers.