Outback Blimp to Provide Aerial Coverage of 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament
The Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion I Airship will provide aerial coverage of the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament that will be played May 17-20, 2007, at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses.
“Having the famous Outback Steakhouse airship overhead during tournament week providing aerial coverage adds a special dimension to the tournament and reinforces that this is the premier event on the Nationwide PGA Tour,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
The Bloomin’ Onion I can hold three passengers and one pilot, and cruise at 35 MPH, 1,000-1,500 ft. above the ground. It is 130-ft. long, 45-ft. tall, and weighs approximately 4,400 lbs. It is lifted by nonflammable helium gas and is powered by two turbocharged engines that produce 68 HP each.
The Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion I, which made its debut in 2003, provides aerial coverage for such events as golf tournaments and college football games. The airship flies a total of 48 to 50 weeks per year throughout the country, and will clock anywhere from 45,000 to 50,000 miles annually. The Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion I travels with a 14-person crew that includes pilots, engineers, mechanics, and ground handlers. When not flying the airship is moored on a 25 ft. mast at an airport or open field. For additional information on The Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion I, visit www.outback.com/sportscontests/airship.asp.
The 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played May 17-20, 2007, 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. Along with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000, 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 six tournaments have raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ area charities.
General Admission tickets for the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 20 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Tickets can also be purchased in Upstate S.C. and Western N.C. area Arby’s restaurants. 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.