Upstate’s Version of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Pro-Am Only Months Away
TOUR Sets Record for Charitable Giving this past weekend’s AT&T PGA TOUR event at Pebble Beach in Carmel, Calif., brought out some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Kevin Costner, Ray Romano, Joe Pesci, Emmitt Smith and Chris O’Donnell.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is in the process of selecting celebrities for this year’s tournament, but some of the big names that have participated in the past include: Costner, Dan Marino, Cheech Marin, Gabrielle Reece, Jim Courier, and Hootie & The Blowfish. Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus joined the Nationwide field last year with his four sons.
“We are going to have another stellar list of celebrities,” said Doug McGrath, Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. “This tournament has grown so much that we have a waiting list for celebrities. We are in the process of finalizing the list right now, and will be announcing our celebrity participants in the coming weeks.”
And what a difference the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is making. Last year’s tournament generated the most dollars for a Nationwide Tour event when it donated more than $600,000 to charity. That’s an increase of almost 26% from the previous year. The first three tournaments have raised over $1.6 million for charity.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, in his State-of-the-TOUR news conference in Pebble Beach, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem stated that tournaments on all three tours – the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour – collectively generated a record $82.8 million for charity in 2003. That brings the TOUR’s all-time donations to more than $820 million, and is a $10 million increase (approximately 14%) over 2002.
“It’s truly remarkable what the tournaments and their volunteers have been able to accomplish in terms of charitable giving, particularly in light of last year’s difficult economic environment,” Finchem said. “Giving back has always been a fundamental part of the TOUR, and it is an important reason corporate America has continued to align itself with our tournaments despite the challenging economic climate.”
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will be played April 29-May 2, 2004 at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide PGA Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The tournament is the premier event on the Nationwide PGA Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day best-ball competition. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000, while the amateurs/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.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament, including how to purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.