No. 1-Ranked Amateur; Clemson Golfer D.J. Trahan Earns Exemption for BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 04/10/2003

Baker-Finch pulls out due to injuryClemson University golfer D.J. Trahan, the country’s No. 1-ranked amateur, has been awarded an exemption to participate in this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament. The tournament will be played May 1-4, 2003, at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards.

Trahan, a three-time All-American senior from Inman, is currently ranked No. 1 in the country by GolfWorld magazine, and is the top-ranked amateur player in the world according to Golfweek. He won the Ben Hogan Award as top collegiate golfer between May 2001 and May 2002, becoming the first Clemson player to win a national Player of the Year Award since Charles Warren (last year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs champion). Trahan also won the Jack Nicklaus Award as top college player chosen by the College Golf Coach’s Association. He was a member of the United State Walker Cup team in 2001 and the Palmer Cup and World Amateur teams in 2002. He finished tied for 45th in last year’s tournament.

Meanwhile, Baker-Finch, winner of the 1991 British Open, had to pull out of this year’s tournament due to a long-suffering shoulder injury. Baker-Finch has been covering golf as a commentator for ABC Sports since 1997.

“I’ve been dealing with it for years,” Baker-Finch said. “It’s just tough for me to play in a multi-day event right now.”

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 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.

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