Western North Carolinian, Basketball Star Brad Daugherty Joins BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs as a Celebrity Participant
Black Mountain native, Owen High School basketball standout, former University of North Carolina star and NBA great Brad Daugherty has agreed to participate as a celebrity in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament that begins April 28.
Daugherty joins actors Kevin Costner and his wife Christine, Catherine Bell, Kurt Russell, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Kevin Sorbo, Cheech Marin, John O’Hurley and his wife Lisa Mesloh, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, George Rogers, Brian Griese, Steve Bartkowski, Chris Chandler, Don Edwards, Ben Wright, Jennifer Mills, and Steve Nicklaus as celebrity participants. Famed international golfer and Grand Slam winner Gary Player will also participate in this year’s tournament.
Daugherty will bring Western North Carolina flavor to the Nationwide Tour’s equivalent of the AT&T National Pro-Am played at Pebble Beach. The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is played at three golf courses – Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove – which are located in two states. Walnut Cove is located in Arden, N.C. The other two Cliffs courses are located in Upstate S.C.
Four Western North Carolina charities will receive funds from this year’s tournament – The Blue Ridge Literacy Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mountain Area Child and Family Center and The Eblen Charities. General Admission tickets can be purchased for $25 through one of the charities or by calling (864) 297-1660. Children 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Daugherty was the first overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA draft. Following an injury that cut his career short, he retired from the NBA as the Cavaliers all-time leader in points scored (10,389), rebounds grabbed (5,227), free throws made (2,741), free throws attempted (3,670) and All-Star appearances (five). He currently is a commentator for ESPN and co-owns a NASCAR Busch Series race team. His No. 43 jersey was retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and hangs in the rafters at Gund Arena.
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.