John Elway, David James Elliott, Thomas Gibson and Mike Schmidt to Participate in BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 03/12/2002

Future NFL Hall-of-Famer John Elway, actors David James Elliott and Thomas Gibson, and Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt lead the charge of newcomers that will participate in this April’s second-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.

The tournament will be played April 25-28, 2002, at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

Elway is a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback who spent 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos. He holds the NFL record for most fourth-quarter comebacks (47), and his 148 wins as a starting quarterback are a record, too. He threw for more than 51,000 yards over his career and doled out 300 touchdown passes.

Elliott plays Commander Harmon “Harm” Rabb on the hit TV series J.A.G. He was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in 1996.

Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., (Gibson got his start performing and studying with the Footlight Players at the Dock Street theatre) Gibson plays Greg on the hit television series Dharma and Greg. Gibson also played Dr. Daniel Nyland on the critically acclaimed medical drama, Chicago Hope.

Arguably the best third baseman to play the game of baseball, Mike Schmidt spent 18 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He led the National League in home runs eight of those years, won 10 gold gloves, is a three-time league MVP, was named the 1980 World Series MVP, and ranks seventh all-time in career homers. Schmidt was elected into the baseball Hall-of-Fame in 1995.

Other celebrities scheduled to participate in the tournament include: Actor Kevin Costner; future NFL Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino; John O’Hurley, who played J. Peterman on the hit TV series Seinfeld; Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench; Award-winning musician Edwin McCain; Darius Rucker, lead singer of the hit group Hootie and The Blowfish; Rudy and Steve Gatlin of the country music band The Gatlin Brothers; and Jennifer Mills, a Greenville native who is currently an anchor/reporter for The Golf Channel. More celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament 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 inaugural event, last April’s tournament raised $500,000 for 30 Upstate and Western N.C. charities. That is a record on the PGA TOUR for the most money ever raised from a first-time BUY.COM event.

General Admission tickets for the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 660-1103. 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) 660-1103, or visit the tournament’s website at or and click on the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs logo. For more information on The Cliffs Communities visit its website at, and for more information on the PGA TOUR visit its website at

Other sponsors who contribute funds to the 2002 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament include: Verizon Wireless; SUITT Construction; Focus Golf/Dunlop; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Lear Corp.; IMI Resort Holdings; Magna-International; Budweiser of Greenville; Duravit USA; Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas; Jackson-Dawson Integrated Marketing Communications; Faurecia Interior Systems; Kimberly-Clark; Seeber USA; Pepsi-Cola; Grammer Industries; Spitznagel; Draexlmaier; ADSPECS; The Budd Company; The Greenville Journal; Raflatac; Greenville Office Supply; Spinx; Delta Airlines; The Greenville News; Brose North America; CC+I; Findlay Industries; Lemforder; MT Tech AG; Spartanburg Steel; SUNEX Tools; Central Carolina Bank; ClubCar; Gentex; Outback Steakhouse; Plastic Omnium; Textron; AR Funding; Softlab; Westin Poinsett; Ben Arnold-Sunbelt Beverage Company; Diversified Coating System; ASC; FS Fehrer; Golf Headquarters of Louisville; Greenville Industrial, Rubber & Gasket; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; ImageWare Systems; John Jackson LLC; Kobrand; Pro Golf of Greenville; TNT Logistics North America; Putman Travel; S.A.M.; ElDeCo; Preferred Sourcing, Inc.; Ashmore Brothers Construction; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Merrill Lynch; Piedmont Natural Gas; Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; Upstate Alliance; Soby’s; Chick-fil-A; Fuddruckers; Ryder Transportation Services; Behr NA; General Mills; Global Performance; Joseph Konopacke; Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; Cameron and Barkley Co.; B-F Company; Delphi Automotive Systems; Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc., Xerox, Genco of Simpsonville, Inc.; Zuena Staerker; TMG Golf; Carolina Brick and Block; Battenfeld of America, Inc.; IKON; Cintas; Diversco; Newlife Turf; Togar Rugs; Tom Kannegiesser; Floralscapes; Payne, McGinn & Cummins, Inc.; AMICA; Workwell Business Health Care Services; Hershey; Triangle Ice.


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