Hootie & The Blowfish to Perform at 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament; Josh Kelley to Open

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 03/29/2007

Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling band Hootie & The Blowfish will perform as part of the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, it was announced today.

The Hootie & The Blowfish concert will be held Thursday, May 17 at the BI-LO Center. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Singer Josh Kelley will open for the band.

Reserved-seating tickets go on sale Friday through local Ticketmaster outlets – (864) 233-2525 (Greenville); (864) 576-1550 (Spartanburg); (828) 251-5505 (Asheville); (803) 783-2222 (Columbia) – from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, through the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the BI-LO Center ticket office. Lower Bowl tickets are $25. Upper Bowl tickets are $18.

VIP tickets are also available exclusively through the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. These tickets include garage parking, access to the VIP floor party complete with an open bar and catered food, plus a tournament Clubhouse credential good for all four days of golf. Interested parties can contact the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation at (803) 732-9311 or purchase VIP tickets through their website at www.scjgf.org/hootie.

“The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation is once again very proud of the partnership it has with the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs,” said Tim Kreger, Director of Development for the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. “Through our partnership, we have been able to generate funds to open the First Tee of Greenville. We are truly excited about the opportunity to provide VIP tickets for this event as a means of raising annual operational funds for the First Tee of Greenville.”

Hootie & The Blowfish is best known for its 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, which won two 1995 Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Pop Duo/Group. The album featured such hits as “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Hold My Hand,” and “Let Her Cry.” The band released its fifth album in August 2005 entitled, Looking for Lucky, which includes the hit track, “One Love,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard charts.

Opening for Hootie & The Blowfish will be Josh Kelley, a young artist who has been compared to John Mayer. Kelley’s new album is Just Say the Word, featuring the hot single of the same title. Kelley broke through in 2001 with For The Ride Home, an album that showcased his expressiveness and delivery. These qualities were exemplified in the top five song, “Amazing,” and follow-up top ten hit, “Everybody Wants You.”

The concert helps support the 20 Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities benefiting from the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, which will be played May 17-20, 2007, at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses. 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 Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide 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. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Along with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000, 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.

The first six tournaments have raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ area charities.

General Admission tickets for the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 20 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Tickets can also be purchased at Upstate or Western North Carolina area Arby’s restaurants. 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; sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

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