Professional Winner of BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament to Receive a BMW X5

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 02/15/2007

The best just got better!

Besides taking home a trophy and check for $117,000, the professional winner of the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will drive off with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. This marks the first time in the history of the Nationwide Tour that a vehicle will be given to a tournament winner. It also marks the largest gift ever given on the Nationwide Tour.

“BMW Manufacturing continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing what is already a premier Nationwide Tour event by awarding its X5 SAV to this year’s winner,” said Bill Calfee, president of the Nationwide Tour. “Whoever is crowned champion, I can assure you that he will have an extra wide smile on his face when he collects the trophy, the $117,000 check and the keys to this beautiful vehicle.”

“Each year we challenge ourselves to add excitement to our tournament,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “This year the professional winner will drive away in a BMW X5 made by South Carolinians adding even more drama to the finish.”

“The only place in the world where X5s are built is at BMW Manufacturing,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “How cool is it that the winner of this tournament will be driving a vehicle that is made right in our backyard. Everyone in Upstate S.C. and Western N.C. is so glad that BMW decided to locate its only U.S. factory in our community. Our volunteers, charities and sponsors are very proud of that, too, and will be delighted to see the winner drive off the 18th green in a new X5.”

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 the Upstate at area Arby’s restaurants beginning in March. 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

Launched in 1990, The Nationwide Tour is owned and operated by the PGA TOUR from its Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. headquarters and is a direct extension of the PGA TOUR. It has grown from a minor league developmental tour into one of the most competitive tours in the world. Each year the top 25 players on the money list become eligible to play on the PGA TOUR. Through the 2006 season the Nationwide Tour has sent nearly 544 players to the PGA TOUR with 90 recording at least one TOUR victory and the group, collectively, winning 199 events, including 10 major championships. Sixty-five percent of current PGA TOUR members have played on the Nationwide Tour. In addition to providing competitive playing opportunities for its membership, the Nationwide Tour and its tournaments are dedicated to raising money for charities in the communities in which it plays.

Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
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