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

Greenville, S.C. - 03/29/2004

Looking for an opportunity to see legendary golfers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player? How about Hollywood superstars such as Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Catherine Bell? Here’s your chance!

Volunteers are needed for the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses where Nicklaus and Player, and celebrities such as Costner , Russell and Bell will be playing. More volunteers are required on Thursday and Friday since the tournament will utilize both courses that day. Opportunities to volunteer include: greenside, hospitality, marshal, on-and-off course, scoring, transportation, construction, and others. Positions are open to anyone 12 years old and above.

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 by April 12, 2004, with a $30 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 24, 2004, 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 fiancé Christine Baumgartner, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, Branford Marsalis, Lou Holtz, Cheech Marin, Alice Cooper, Michael O’Keefe, John O’Hurley, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, George Rogers, Steve Bartkowski and Don Edwards.

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 Tour professionals. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.

The tournament is one of the premier events on the Nationwide Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day better-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.

General Admission tickets for the 2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs can be purchased for $20 through one of the 29 selected charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Each of the 29 charities will receive $15 (75%) back from every $20 general admission ticket that it sells. In order for the charities to receive proceeds, tickets much be purchased directly from them. 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.

The first three tournaments have raised over $1.65 million for charity.

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 15th season, its second with Nationwide serving as the umbrella sponsor. The 2004 season will consist of 31 events played in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Panama. Purses will exceed $15.8 million this year. The Top 20 money winners on the season will automatically earn playing privileges on the PGA TOUR for 2005. The Tour is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and its web site is www.pgatour.com.

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