Tournament Announces Updates to 2013 Celebrity Line-Up

Greenville, SC - 05/07/2013

Officials from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation announced new celebrity commitments today for the 2013 tournament on May 16-19. Actors Greg Ellis and Ryan Merriman, as well as Carolina Hurricanes hockey coach Kirk Muller, will join the lineup for the first time. Actor Lucas Black is returning for the fifth time, and actor Grant Show is returning for his second appearance. It was also announced that George Lopez and Wyatt Russell have had to withdraw from the 2013 tournament due to schedule conflicts.

Ellis, Merriman, Muller, Black and Show bring the total celebrity count to 27. They join 22 other celebrities: Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Javier Colon, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Danny Masterson, Edwin McCain, Craig T. Nelson, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.

Greg Ellis is an actor on the current Fox TV series Touch as character Trevor Wilcox alongside Kiefer Sutherland. Ellis has appeared in several TV series, including season three of 24, and in films, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Star Trek, Titanic, Beowulf and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In addition, Ellis also performs voiceovers for TV series and the video game industry.

Actor Ryan Merriman co-stars with fellow tournament participant Lucas Black in 42, a film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson. He’s also well known for his reoccurring role on the ABC Family Channel drama Pretty Little Liars. Other films include Final Destination 3, The Ring Two and Luck of the Irish.

Kirk Muller is the current head coach for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. In his playing years, Muller was drafted second overall (behind Mario Lemieux) in 1984 by the New Jersey Devils and won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. Muller totaled 357 goals and 602 assists (959 points) in 1,349 career NHL games over 19 seasons from 1984 to 2003.

Lucas Black is an actor known for his current role as Pee Wee Reese in 42 with Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman. Along with other recent roles in Promised Land with Matt Damon and Seven Days in Utopia with Robert Duvall, he appeared in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, in Sling Blade with Billy Bob Thornton and in The War alongside Kevin Costner.

Actor Grant Show is best known for his role in Melrose Place and the film The Possession. His first major role was in the daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Show has since played in other television movies and has guest-starred in television dramas including Burn Notice, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 16-19 at Thornblade Club, Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course and, new for 2013, The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Web.com 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 16 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000.

Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $9.25 million for 150+ charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Web.com Tour.

The 2013 charities include: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF – Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Spiritual Two-A-Days, and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.

The charities earn funds through tournament-sponsored programs including ticket sales, one-day pro-am team sales, and volunteer recruitment.

When patrons purchase tickets online at bmwcharitygolf.com, 100 percent of the purchase price of $10, $25 and $50 tickets can be donated to one of the tournament’s charities. Volunteers can earn funds for their favorite tournament charity by choosing one of the 20 charity partners to benefit from their workdays as a volunteer. Also, charities that sell a team in one of the tournament’s one-day pro-ams will retain 50% of the purchase price.

Complimentary daily grounds admission is granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents; a valid ID is required for entry. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted to all youth 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. Beginning in 2013, all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for each new season will come through the Web.com Tour.

For sponsorships and playing opportunities in 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation visit bmwproam.com or contact Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276 or mivester@sccharities.org.

For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm and @BMWCharityProAm.

Production Figures

  • 2013 Annual Production
    Total 2013 Production: 297,326
  • 2014 Production - February
    X3 Units: 12,892
    X5 Units: 12,200
    X6 Units: 2,089
  • Number of jobs – 8,000
  • North American suppliers –
    170
  • South Carolina suppliers –
    40

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