May, Ernst Earn Professional Exemptions

Greenville, SC - 02/06/2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 5, 2013) – Greenville resident and Clemson University graduate David May, and Seneca resident and Costal Carolina University graduate Drew Ernst, beat out 21 other pros today at Thornblade Club to win professional exemptions in the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament on May 16-19.

May finished the round at 4-under-par 67. Ernst finished one stroke back at 3-under-par 68. Only five of the 23 players in the qualifier finished the round under par. This is the fourth year that tournament officials have held a competition for tournament exemptions.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to earn a spot in the BMW Charity Pro-Am, said May, who plays out of Greenville Country Club. “Being a Greenville resident, I am very excited to play in such a great tournament in my hometown.”

“I played well today, said Ernst, who plays out of Cross Creek Plantation. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity to qualify for the BMW tournament. I look forward to competing on three wonderful golf courses in May. I want to thank Thornblade for the tremendous hospitality we received today.”

Twenty-three (23) pros competed for the two exemptions. Along with May and Ernst, the 21 additional pros that participated in the competition included Brent Delahoussaye, Daniel Bowden, Brad Caldwell, Tommy Biershenk, Corbin Mills, Austin Reeves, Garland Ferrell, Michael Lawrence, Jr., Stephen Poole, Tyler Rody, Patrick Wilson, Frank Wrenn. IV, Robbie Biershenk, Vince Hatfield, Daniel Carver, Josh Gallman, Derrick Oyervides, Jose Alvarez, Zach Byrd, Garrett Osborn and Kevin Schreel.

 The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 16-19 at Thornblade Club, Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course and, new for 2013, The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

 The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Web.com 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 16 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 will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000.

Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $9.25 million for 150+ charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Web.com Tour.

 The 2013 charities include:  100 Black Men of the Upstate, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF – Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Spiritual Two-A-Days, and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.

The charities earn funds through tournament-sponsored programs including ticket sales, one-day pro-am team sales, and volunteer recruitment.

When patrons purchase tickets online at www.buybmwtickets.com, 100 percent of the purchase price of $10, $25 and $50 tickets can be donated to one of the tournament’s charities. Volunteers can earn funds for their favorite tournament charity by choosing one of the 20 charity partners to benefit from their workdays as a volunteer. Also, charities that sell a team in one of the tournament’s one-day pro-ams will retain 50% of the purchase price.

Complimentary daily grounds admission is granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents; a valid ID is required for entry. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted to all youth 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. Beginning in 2013, all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for each new season will come through the Web.com Tour.

For sponsorships and playing opportunities in 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation visit bmwproam.com or contact Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276 or mivester@sccharities.org.

For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm and @BMWCharityProAm.

2013 Tournament Courses:
Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has consistently ranked among the best courses in South Carolina. The course is located in Greenville, S.C. and will host play Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18. Visit thegreenvillecountryclub.com for more information.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, a new tournament course for 2013, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that begins in a quaint Village Center, journeys through beautiful mountain landscapes and finishes lakeside with four holes in play along Lake Keowee—one of the purest lakes in North America. The course is located 45 minutes from Greenville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and will host play Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18. Visit reserveatlakekeowee.com for more information.

Thornblade Club was designed by Tom Fazio and is the home of many PGA TOUR professionals, including Jay Haas, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Kyle Thompson and Charles Warren. Located in Greer, S.C., Thornblade Club will host all four rounds of tournament play Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19. Visit thornbladeclub.com for more information.

 2013 Ticket Information:
To order tickets visit www.buybmwtickets.com. One-hundred percent of the purchase price of $10, $25 and $50 tickets can be donated to one of the tournament’s 20 charity partners. Parking is included with all tickets.

 DAILY CREDENTIAL – $10 – Grants access to the grounds at one of the tournament courses one day during tournament play.

 PATRON CREDENTIAL – $25 – Grants access to the grounds at all three tournament courses Thursday, May 16, thru Saturday, May 18, and at Thornblade Club on Sunday, May 19.

CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $50 – Grants access to the grounds at all three courses and access to the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee Thursday, May 16 thru Saturday, May 18. This credential also grants access to the grounds and clubhouse at Thornblade Club on Sunday, May19. Clubhouse Credential holders may purchase breakfast, lunch and beverages in the clubhouse at Thornblade Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

TWO-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $75 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus two meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

FOUR-MEAL CLUBHOUSE CREDENTIAL – $100 – Includes the same privileges as a Clubhouse Credential plus four meals in the clubhouse dining room at Thornblade Club or The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

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  • South Carolina suppliers –
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