Skelton Named Director of Sales for BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 09/12/2002

Brad Skelton, former tournament director for the NIKE Greater Greenville Classic, has been named Director of Sales for the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament.

Skelton, who is from Greenville, is responsible for current and existing sponsorship sales for the tournament. Skelton has over 10 years of experience in the golf industry, including stints with NIKE, Inc. in its golf division, and with John Deere’s Golf and Turf Team.

“My job is to make sure that our sponsors receive the incredible hospitality and exposure that makes this event truly unique,” Skelton said. “Their contribution is a significant reason why this event takes place and allows us to raise money for our charities. Without them our good works would not be possible.”

“We are very pleased to have Brad on our team and heading up sponsor relations,” Doug McGrath, General Chairman of the tournament, said. “Without our sponsors, this tournament wouldn’t be the premier event on the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Series.”

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 PGA TOUR Nationwide Series professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament is the only Nationwide Series event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition. The 14 best teams (10 best Pro-Celeb and four best 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.

Last year, fans were again treated to a storybook finish as 27 year-old Charles Warren, a former Clemson University golfer and Upstate resident, recorded his first professional win to take home a first-place purse of $94,500. It was the second straight year that a former Clemson golfer won the event. Jonathan Byrd, who now competes on the PGA TOUR, won the inaugural event in 2001.

South Carolina Charities, Inc., is in the process of determining which celebrities will participate in the 2003 tournament, as well as which area charities will receive proceeds.

General Admission tickets for the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am can be purchased for $20 by calling (864) 297-1660. Clubhouse and VIP tickets can be purchased for $100 and $300 respectively. Proceeds benefit local charities.

For more information on the golf tournament or sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660.

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