Justin Hicks Wins 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Golf Tournament
A record 57,000 fans witnessed Justin Hicks win the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament held at Thornblade Club here today. The win, which came after a one hour rain delay in which Hicks and pro Fabian Gomez were the only two remaining golfers left on the 18th fairway, was the first this year for the University of Michigan alum. He finished the tournament at –20 under par (66, 65, 69, 66).
Today’s win earned Hicks $108,000, to move him to seventh on the Nationwide Tour money list. Hicks has earned a total of $138,010 so far this year. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2011.
Amateur Rolf Klam and his professional partner Scott Gutschewski won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -47 under par. They donated their $5,000 winnings to the S.C. Mountains to Midlands Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Hall of Fame baseball player and Anderson native, Jim Rice and his professional partner Rob Oppenheim finished second. They donated their $4,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Greenville native Jennifer Mills and her pro Gomez finished sixth. Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney and his playing pro Phillip Mollica finished 10th.
Complete scoring can be found on the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com by clicking on the “Leaderboard” feature box.
The 25 celebrities that competed in the 2010 tournament were Catherine Bell, Lucas Black, Javier Colon, Don Felder, Thomas Gibson, Oliver Hudson, Rob Marciano, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Mills, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Jerry Rice, Jim Rice, George Rogers, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Stefanie Schaeffer, Sterling Sharpe, Kevin Sorbo, Kordell Stewart, Dabo Swinney, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine, Patrick Warburton and Ben Wright.
A record 99 charities will earn funds from the tournament. They are: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, Alzheimer’s Association – SC Chapter, American Diabetes Association, Anderson Area YMCA, Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America, Calvary Home for Children, Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc., Carolina Football Club, Carolina Poodle Rescue, Center for Community Services, Center for Developmental Services, Inc., Central Community Ministries, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Children’s Security Blanket Project, Christ Central Ministries, Inc. – Laurens County, Christ Church Episcopal School, Christians in the Wind Motorcycle Ministry, Christmas In Action Spartanburg, Citizen Scholars of Spartanburg County, Clarity, Inc., Clemson Sertoma Club, Cliffs Residents Outreach, Communities In Schools of Greenville, Compass of Carolina, Dogs for Autism, Dribble For Destiny, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Foundations, Inc., First Tee of Greenville, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club, Friends of Harmon Field, Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Friends of the Reedy River, Golden Corner Food Pantry, Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, Inc., Greater Spartanburg Ministries, Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center, Greenwood Lions Club Foundation, Inc., Greer Middle College Charter High School, Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Helping Hand Developmental Center, Henderson County Dispute Settlement Center, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Hispanic-American Women’s Association, Homes for Life, Homes of Hope, Imagination Library c/o United Way of the Piedmont, Impact Sports International, Isaac’s Friends, J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation, James F. Daniel Jr. Post #3 – American Legion, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LifePoint, Little Steps, Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Meals on Wheels of Greenville County, Mental Health America of Greenville County, Middle Tyger Community Center, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Kidney Foundation Serving South Carolina, National MS Society, National Christian College Athletic Association, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation, Pet Tender Angels Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc., Pickens County YMCA, Pleasant Valley Connection, Inc., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Project Hope Foundation, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Safe Harbor, Inc., Sandlapper Society, SC Mountains to Midlands Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Scottish Rite Foundation of SC, Inc., South Carolina Autism Society, South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, Southeastern Children’s Home, Spartanburg District Two Released Time, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, St. Anthony of Padua School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Tanzanian Education Foundation, Temple Baptist Church Student Ministry, Tigers Go, Upstate Hoops Ministry – SC Lady Flames, The Walker Foundation, Water of Life, Wings of Hope Foundation, YMCA Camp Greenville and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between 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 Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event took home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities competed for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first nine tournaments have raised nearly $7.3 million for 125+ area charities. The charities selected to benefit from the 2010 tournament are listed online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com. Money raised from the 2010 tournament will be announced in the coming months.
For more information about the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660. You can also learn more about the tournament online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com or by following the tournament on Facebook.
Pro-Amateur/Pro-Celebrity Final Scoring:
- 1st Place – $5,000 Scott Gutschewski/Rolf Klam (-47) S.C. Mountains to Midlands Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- 2nd Place – $4,000 Rob Oppenheim/Jim Rice (-43) Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- T3rd Place – $2,000 Garrett Osborn/Mark Osborn (-42) Hidden Treasure Christian School
- T3rd Place – $2,000 Paul Claxton/Jon McClure (-42) Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- T3rd Place – $2,000 Leif Olson/Bill Mayrose (-42) The Charles Lea Center Foundation
- 6th Place – $1,000 Fabian Gomez/Jennifer Mills (-41) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
- T7th Place – $1,000 Danny Wax/Milton Kim (-40) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate
- T7th Place – $1,000 Brady Schnell/Ronnie Hart (-40) Mobile Meals of Spartanburg
- 9th Place – $1,000 Miguel Carballo/Brian Todd (-39) National Christian College Athletic Association
- 10th Place –$1,000 Phillip Mollica/Dabo Swinney (-38) The Family Effect
- T11th Place – $1,000 Aaron Watkins/Kurt Russell (-37) Calvary Home for Children
- 13th Place – $1,000 Martin Piller/Brad Skelton (-33) A Child’s Haven
- 14th Place – $1,000 Keoke Cotner/Greg Whitten (WD) South Carolina Charities, Inc.
- 2001 – Jonathan Byrd
- 2002 – Charles Warren
- 2003 – Tripp Isenhour
- 2004 – Ryuji Imada
- 2005 – Shane Bertsch
- 2006 – Ken Duke
- 2007 – Nick Flanagan
- 2008 – David Mathis
- 2009 – Michael Sim
- 2010 – Justin Hicks
- Charity Dollars Earned:
- 2001 – $ 500,000
- 2002 – $ 515,739
- 2003 – $ 674,788
- 2004 – $ 752,650
- 2005 – $ 600,000
- 2006 – $ 675,865
- 2007 – $ 2,021,325
- 2008 – $ 906,308
- 2009 – $ 651,829
- 2010 – to be announced in the coming months
- 2001 – 25,000
- 2002 – 26,000
- 2003 – 43,000
- 2004 – 40,000
- 2005 – 30,000
- 2006 – 33,000
- 2007 – 42,000
- 2008 – 50,000
- 2009 – 46,000
- 2010 – 57,000