The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Announces Sales Competition Between Four Spartanburg Colleges

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 09/28/2011

Today, officials from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation announced a new initiative to increase tournament attendance, ticket sales and sponsorship in Spartanburg county by involving students from four local colleges.

Over the next eight months, students from Converse College, Spartanburg Community College, USC Upstate and Wofford College will compete in The Collegiate Challenge. The Challenge will allow teams from each college to sell tournament inventory. Tournament inventory available through each team includes corporate skyboxes at The Carolina Country Club, tickets to The Champion’s Pavilion at The Carolina Country Club and foursomes in The BMW Collegiate Challenge Pro-Am on May 16, 2012 at The Country Club of Spartanburg.

Spartanburg county charities will also benefit from The Collegiate Challenge. The winning foursome of The BMW Collegiate Challenge Pro-Am on May 16 will be recognized with a $24,000 donation (based on a full field of 24 teams) to be split among all eligible charities chosen to participate in the 2012 tournament.

“The Challenge gives students the chance to gain resume-building experience while benefiting their college and local charities,” explained Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. “And it’s an exciting and inventive way for the tournament to gain momentum in Spartanburg.”

“The Collegiate Challenge initiative is a great opportunity for Spartanburg to retain an outstanding sporting event, benefit local charities, and to showcase our community as a thriving college town,” said Tom Holgate, organizer of the program and President of American Credit Acceptance, which is based in Spartanburg. “Our team of accomplished local business leaders and school officials will remain dedicated to The Collegiate Challenge all the way up to tournament time, and we are very confident the students’ results will be impressive.”

To learn more about The Collegiate Challenge, or to get involved, contact a representative from one of the four teams:

  • Converse College – Beth Lancaster at
  • Spartanburg Community College – Cheri Anderson-Hucks at
  • USC Upstate – Tammy Whaley at
  • Wofford College – Scott Cochran at

The 2012 tournament will take place May 17-20 at Thornblade Club, The Carolina Country Club and Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer Course.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between 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 play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event takes home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for 150+ Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities.

Playing and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 tournament are currently available at or by calling Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276.

For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website or follow the tournament on Facebook at

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