Legendary Musician Alice Cooper In; Jackson Out of BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 04/07/2003

Legendary musician Alice Cooper will compete in this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament it was announced today. Meanwhile, actor Samuel L. Jackson will not be able to participate.

In a letter to the tournament, Jackson’s publicist Lisa Kasteler said, “Due to film date changes, Samuel had to fly to South Africa to film a movie and he will not return to the United States until late May. Samuel regrets not being able to attend and would like to be invited next year.”

“We are disappointed,” said Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “Samuel had committed to play in writing a few months ago, but apparently that was before the shooting schedule of his new movie was confirmed. We understand that his work takes precedence. We wish him well. He has an open invitation to join us next year and hopefully, will be coming as one of the latest Academy award winners.”

Cooper, an avid golfer who hosts two celebrity golf events (Alice Cooper’s Rock Foundation Celebrity golf tournament and the MTX Alice Cooper Celebrity AM golf tournament), virtually invented rock as theatre. He changed the face of music with his innovative, precedent-shattering, and entertaining rock theatrics. Hit songs include, “Billion Dollar Babies,” “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”

Other celebrities that have agreed to compete in this year’s tournament include: Kevin Costner, Cheech Marin, Michael O’Keefe, John O’Hurley, Gabrielle Reece, Jim Courier, Hootie & The Blowfish (Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim ‘Soni’ Sonefeld, Mark Bryan), the Gatlin Brothers (Rudy and Steve Gatlin), Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, George Rogers and Steve Bartkowski.

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus is the featured golfer. He will play with his four sons, Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael. Steve received a celebrity playing spot.

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 PGA Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

The tournament is the premier event on the Nationwide PGA 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.

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 charity beneficiaries. 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.

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