Michael Sim Wins 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Forty-six thousand (46,000) fans witnessed Michael Sim win the ninth-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament held at Thornblade Club here today. The win was the second this year for the Perth, Australia native, who finished the tournament at –22 under par (68, 65, 62, 69), beating Fabian Gomez by one stroke on the first hole of a playoff. Sim and Gomez finished regulation play, in the rain, tied at -22 under par, forcing a sudden death playoff.
Sim is on fire this year, scoring two wins (Stone Brae Classic is Hayward, Calif.; BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C.), a second-place (Athens Regional in Athens, Ga.), a third-place (Moonah Classic outside of Melbourne, Australia) and a fourth-place finish (HSBC New Zealand PGA in Christchurch) in the first nine Nationwide Tour events played this year. Sim is also on record pace to earn the most money of any Nationwide Tour player in history. Today’s win earned Sim $126,000, strengthening his stranglehold on first place atop the Nationwide Tour money list. Sim has earned a total of $367,417 so far this year, $210,000 more than second-place Garth Mulroy. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2010.
Sim is the second Australian to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Ironically, Nick Flanagan, the first Australian winner of the BMW Charity Pro-Am in 2007, shares a home with Sim in Scottsdale, Ariz. Flanagan is also the last player on the Nationwide Tour to receive an in-season, automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR by winning three Nationwide Tour events. Sim will receive an automatic promotion with one more win.
R&B singer/songwriter Javier Colon and his professional partner Michael Sim won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -47 under par. He and Sim donated their $10,000 winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and his professional partner Kyle Thompson, and Bob Smith and his professional partner Bradley Iles finished tied for second place. Rogers and Thompson donated their $6,000 to Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Smith and Iles donated their $6,000 to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
Complete scoring can be found on the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com by clicking on the “Leaderboard” feature box.
Celebrities that competed in this year’s tournament included Steve Azar, Lucas Black, Javier Colon, Jason Dohring, Oliver Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Mills, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Dennis Quaid, George Rogers, Joe Don Rooney, Stefanie Schaeffer, Sterling Sharpe, Kevin Sorbo, Kordell Stewart, Dabo Swinney, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Ben Wright.
The 77 charities that will benefit from the tournament are: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, American Diabetes Association, Anderson Area YMCA, Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, Boys Home of the South, Camperdown Academy, Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc., Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Carolina Football Club, Carolina Miracle League, Carolina Youth Symphony, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Christ Church Episcopal School, Christmas in Action Spartanburg, Clemson Sertoma Club, Cliffs Residence Outreach, Compass of Carolina, Crime Stoppers of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, Dribble for Destiny, Inc., Family Connection of South Carolina – Spartanburg, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Baptist Church of Asheville-Youth Missions, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Glenn Springs Academy, Greenville County Foster Parent Association, Greenwood YoungLife, Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Hands on Greenville, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, James F. Daniel Jr. Post #3 American Legion, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Mountain Area Child and Family Center, National Christian College Athletic Association, Off the Coast Ministries, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation, Palmetto Hearts, Phillis Wheatley Association, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Pleasant Valley Connection Inc., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Scottish Rite Foundation of SC – John I Smith Center, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, Spartanburg YoungLife, St. Anthony of Padua School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Taylors Free Medical Clinic, The Charles Lea Center Foundation, The Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Walker Foundation, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Thermal Belt Outreach, Tryon Elementary School PTA Playground Committee, United Ministries, Upstate SC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Wings For Children/Angel flight, Wings of Hope, YMCA Camp Greenville and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am 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 (Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C.; The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.; Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C.) 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 takes home $126,000 from the total purse of $700,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the 77 tournament beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first eight tournaments have raised $6.7 million for 125+ area charities. Money raised from the 2009 tournament will be announced in the coming months.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
Pro-Amateur/Pro-Celebrity Final Scoring:
- 1st Place – $10,000 Michael Sim/Javier Colon (-47) Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- T2nd Place – $6,000 Kyle Thompson/George Rogers (-44) Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties
- T2nd Place – $6,000 Bradley Iles/Bob Smith (-44) Hospice of the Carolina Foothills
- 4th Place – $4,000 Ryan Armour/Reggie Bell (-43) Hidden Treasure Christian School
- T5th Place – $2,333 Bubba Dickerson/Edgar Casner (-42) Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation
- T5th Place – $2,333 Chip Sullivan/Rick Lemon (-42) YMCA of Greater Spartanburg
- T5th Place – $2,333 Robert Damron/Rolf Klam (-42) A Child’s Haven
- 8th Place –$2,000 Jeff Gove/Jennifer Mills (-40) The Walker Foundation
- T9th Place – $2,000 Dustin Bray/Lyndon Amick (-39) Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- T9th Place – $2,000 Kyle Reifers/Mike Bare (-39) Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- 11th Place – $2,000 Craig Parlow/Bob Johns (-38) Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America
- 12th Place – $2,000 Scott Dunlap/Bill Sorochak (-36) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
- 13th Place – $2,000 Danny Briggs/Joe Don Rooney (-32) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
- 14th Place – $2,000 J.J. Killeen/Jason Payne Susan G. Komen for the Cure
BMW Charity Pro-Am Tournament Winners:
- 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
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 – $ To be announced in July/August 2009
- 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