Volunteers Needed for BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 03/28/2005

Looking for an opportunity to see Hollywood superstars Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell or Catherine Bell? What about legendary golfer Gary Player? Well, here’s your chance!

Volunteers are needed for the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses where Costner, Russell, Bell and Player, to name a few, will compete. Opportunities to volunteer include: hospitality, marshal, on-and-off course, scoring, transportation, construction, and others.

To receive an application, call (864) 297-1660 or log on to the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com where an application can be printed. Completed applications must be returned via U.S. mail by April 12, 2005, with a $35 uniform package fee. The uniform package includes a golf shirt and hat, two passes to the tournament (one for the volunteer and one guest pass), food and beverages for volunteers during shifts, and an invitation to the all-volunteer party to be held at a later date in the summer.

Uniform pick-up is Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Cliffs Valley golf course. An informative brochure will be mailed to all volunteers with assigned pick-up times.

Celebrities that are scheduled to appear this year include: Kevin Costner and his wife Christine, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, Kevin Sorbo, Dan Quayle, Lou Holtz, Cheech Marin, Steve Spurrier, John O’Hurley and his wife Lisa Mesloh, Brian Griese, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, George Rogers, Steve Bartkowski, Chris Chandler, Steve Nicklaus and Don Edwards.

The 2005 tournament will be played April 28-May 1, 2005 at Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. 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 PGA Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide PGA 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 at Cliffs Valley. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cliffs Valley will serve as the host course. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from the total purse of $625,000, 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.

Last spring’s events raised a record $763,646 for 31 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities. The first four tournaments have raised more than $2.4 million for area charities.

General Admission tickets for the 2005 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $25 through one of the 28 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. 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 or sponsorship opportunities call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour is in its 16th season in 2005. Nationwide, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services providers, is in its third year as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour. The 2005 season will consist of 31 events played in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and 22 U.S. states. Purses will top $16 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the 2006 PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its website is www.pgatour.com.

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