NHL Superstar Mark Messier, R&B Singer Javier to Participate in 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
National Hockey League superstar Mark Messier will join his long-time friend and colleague Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky as a celebrity participant in this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, it was announced today. R&B singer, Javier, will also compete, as well as join Hootie & The Blowfish on stage Friday night for a few songs.
Former NBA basketball great, North Carolina Tar Heel and Black Mountain, N.C., native Brad Daugherty had to withdraw due to “business conflicts.”
Messier and Javier join a stellar list of celebrities participating in this year’s tournament including: Gretzky and his wife Janet, Kevin Costner, John Elway, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, Brett Hull, Dhani Jones, Cheech Marin, John and Lisa O’Hurley, George Rogers, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, Pat Green, Sean ‘The Beast” Fister and Fred Griffith. Gary Player is the featured golfer.
Other than Gretzky, few, if any, have done it better than Messier. The 43-year old is second only to Gretzky on the NHL’s all-time points list with 1,887. Messier has won six Stanley Cup Championships, won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1990 and 1992, the Conn Smythe Trophy as a Playoff Team’s Most Valuable Player in 1984, and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player as selected by the NHL’s Players Association in 1990 and 1992. He was a teammate of Gretzky’s when the duo played for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.
R&B singer and heartthrob, Javier, 25, burst onto the scene in 2003 with the release of his self-titled album. His latest release, Left of Center, contains 13 tracks and is a mix of R&B, hip-hop, rock, pop balladry and straight-up soul. It also contains Latin, jazz, acoustic and gospel aspects.
The 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played April 27-30, 2006 at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first five tournaments have raised more than $3 million for area charities.
General Admission tickets for the 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 29 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Corporate sponsorships and ticket packages that include VIP and Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased by calling (864) 297-1660.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.