Legendary Golfer Jack Nicklaus & Sons to Play in 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
Jack Nicklaus is coming to the Upstate!
Arguably the greatest golfer to ever play the game, Nicklaus has agreed to compete in the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament May 1-4, 2003, with his four sons – Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael. It will mark the first time that Jack has played with all four of his sons in the same event.
“Two of my loves are competitive golf and having the chance to play golf with my sons,” said Nicklaus. “To be able to combine the two is truly special for me. Our family looks forward to getting to Greenville, and we appreciate all those involved with the BMW Charity Pro-Am for inviting us.”
A PGA TOUR member since 1962, Nicklaus has 71 TOUR titles, including a record 18 professional major championships – six Masters; five PGA Championships; four U.S. Opens; three British Opens. He also won the U.S. Amateur championship twice.
Nicklaus was named Greatest Golfer of the Century by almost every major national and international media outlet, and was voted Sports Illustrated’s Individual Male Athlete of the Century. The Golden Bear also is a five-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year, was named Athlete of the Decade by Sports Illustrated for the 1970s, has been a member and/or captain of eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams, and is the U.S. captain for the 2003 Presidents Cup being played this November in South Africa. Nicklaus will receive “The Muhammad Ali Sports Legend Award” from Ali himself at Celebrity Fight Night IX on March 15 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. He joins Halle Berry (“The Muhammad Ali Entertainer Award”) and Billy Crystal (“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award”) as honorees.
“We are privileged to have Jack and his sons compete in this year’s tournament,” said Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “Should Jack win our tournament, he will become the only professional golfer to have won on all three men’s PGA Tours (Nationwide; PGA Tour; Champion’s). Besides being the greatest golfer in the history of the game, he is a family man who has always worked hard to make a difference in the world through various charitable activities. Along with all of his golf victories, he has also been named Father of the Year by the Minority Golf Association of America. His wife, Barbara, has been named a First Lady of Golf by the PGA of America. Collectively, the Nicklauses have been honored as Family of the Year by several organizations, including the National Golf Foundation (NGF).
“Our tournament embodies strong family values as evidenced by the number of family-oriented charities that receive funds from the tournament. In addition to competing at the highest level of the game, Jack has placed family and charitable endeavors at the top of his list of priorities. I am sure that all of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina will join us in welcoming the Nicklauses’ to the area. It is indeed an honor to have them join us.”
“This is an exciting moment for the Nationwide Tour and the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs,” said Bill Calfee, Chief of Operations for the Tour. “Having Jack Nicklaus play in one of our events will bring additional attention to this Tour and his presence will help this already outstanding event reach new heights.”
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played May 1-4, 2003 at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The tournament is the premier event on the Nationwide Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition. The 14 lowest-scoring teams (10 Pro-Celeb and four Pro-Am) advance to play for the BMW Charity Cup on Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $103,500 from the total purse of $575,000, while the amateurs/celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the 48 beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first two tournaments have raised over $1 million for charity.
South Carolina Charities, Inc., a foundation supported in part by BMW Manufacturing Corp., is in the process of determining which celebrities will participate in the 2003 tournament.
General Admission tickets for the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 297-1660 or through one of the 48 selected charities. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660. Proceeds benefit local charities.
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 or www.bmwcharityproam.pgatour.com.