BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Raises $836,883 for Local Charities, Bringing Total to More Than $10.8 million
GREENVILLE, SC August 18, 2014 – The 14th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $836,883 for Upstate charities, tournament officials announced today. The tournament’s 2014 charity earnings push the total charitable giving since 2001 to more than $10.8 million. These funds are part of the PGA TOUR’s more than $2 billion in all-time charitable contributions.
Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc.—the non-profit organization that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation—presented checks to charity representatives at the Charity Check Presentation presented by High Cotton, held at the downtown Greenville restaurant.
The 2014 tournament’s charity partners were 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, Child Evangelism Fellowship – Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship – Spartanburg, The First Tee of Greenville, Furman University – The Riley Institute, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Tech Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF – Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., Project HOPE Foundation, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Set Free Alliance, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Vested Partners, and The Walker Foundation for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. The 2015 charity partners will be announced later this year.
“To have a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event right here in the Upstate that also produces real results for local charities is a win-win for our community,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “Reaching $10.8 million for charity in just 14 years is a huge milestone for the tournament that’s gratifying in many ways. I look forward to what 2015 will bring.”
The 2015 tournament will take place May 14-17, and will once again be played at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club.
“We are so excited to return to these three wonderful Upstate courses for 2015,” said Darin MacDonald, executive director of South Carolina Charities, Inc. “Each of them offers a unique experience for the Web.com Tour pros and amateur contestants, and the clubs themselves are also great partners.”
Awards were also presented today to the 2014 volunteers of the year and the Web.com Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. Those volunteers are Bobby Taylor (Thornblade Club), Brandon Tatar (Green Valley Country Club), Mike McClure (The Reserve at Lake Keowee), Sally Smith (Transportation Committee) and Jim Helferich (Web.com Tour Volunteer of the Week).
The pro champion of the 2014 tournament was Max Homa who fired a bogey-free, 8-under 63 Sunday to win the tournament and earn his first career title on the Web.com Tour. Homa started the final round at Thornblade Club two shots off the pace but charged into contention with an eagle and two birdies in his first four holes and went on to finish at 20-under 266, one better than Jonathan Randolph (63), who posted his 19-under total and was hoping for a possible playoff.
The win for the 23-year-old native Californian was worth $117,000 and vaulted the 2013 NCAA Individual Champion from No. 64 to No. 9 on the money list.
Since 2001 more than 121 celebrities have participated in the tournament. The 24 celebrities that competed in the 2014 tournament were Steve Azar, Andy Buckley, Lisa Cornwell, Debbe Dunning, Greg Ellis, Bill Engvall, Ty Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, Dennis Haysbert, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Gregory Itzin, Richard Karn, Danny Masterson, Jordan Masterson, Jim McMahon, Win McMurry, Frankie Muniz, Jeffrey Nordling, John O’Hurley, Michael Pena, Rob Riggle, Richard Schiff, Paula Trickey and Gary Valentine.
Celebrating its 15th year in 2015, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where 168 amateurs and celebrities are grouped with 168 Web.com Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with celebrities playing once at each course by the end of Saturday’s third round. The 2015 tournament will take place the week of May 11, with tournament rounds Thursday, May 14-Sunday, May 17.
After 54 holes, the 10 lowest scoring pro-am teams, six lowest scoring celebrity pro-am teams and 65 low Web.com Tour pros (and ties) will advance to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $121,500 from the total purse of $675,000, an increase from the $117,000 share of the $650,000 purse.
South Carolina Charities, Inc. (SCCI), the non-profit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, was created in order to showcase the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and the hospitality of its citizens to the world; to create an event that brings the Upstate a fun and entertaining week centered around professional athletes and world renowned celebrities; and raise money and awareness for South Carolina charities.
In 2013, Clemson University’s International Institute of Tourism Research and Development conducted a study of the economic impacts of expenditures related to tournament operations and found that the 2013 tournament generated total direct spending of $4.712 million, supported 139 jobs, generated net local government revenues of $541,048 and net state government revenues of $868,479, and yielded $6.744 million in total output/impact.
As the most unique tournament on the Web.com Tour, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has many different playing options and sponsorship opportunities to offer. To review these opportunities, visit the Sponsorship and Playing Opportunities page of bmwcharitygolf.com.
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In an historic 2013 season, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour enters its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 387 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit or follow the Web.com Tour on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/web
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Located in the picturesque valleys and foothills on the Eastside of Greenville, S.C., Thornblade Club is a private, full-service, family-oriented golf and country club dedicated to providing members with superior service, recreational amenities, and a social community. Its master planned 18-hole golf course, designed by Tom Fazio, is the centerpiece for a magnificent residential community. The course was renovated and lengthened in the summer of 2010, with new greens, a new drainage system, laser-leveled tees, additional tees, renovated cart paths, and beautiful rock walls. To learn more visit . This will be Thornblade Club’s eighth consecutive year as the four-day host course of the tournament.
Located in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the north side of the economically diverse and vibrant city of Greenville, SC, Green Valley Country Club offers quiet elegance while providing a resort-style experience for the entire family. With 18 spectacular holes of golf meandering through the natural terrain of the Reedy River, this George Cobb designed golf course went through a major renovation project led by Tom Jackson in 2001. Recently Green Valley underwent a massive course improvement strategy with the help of world-renowned course designer, Jan Bel Jan. To learn more visit . This will be Green Valley Country Club’s second year as a three-day host course of the tournament.
Created in 2000 by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is an award-winning residential community that spans 3,900 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee and convenient access to nationally-recognized commercial and cultural centers that include Greenville, S.C.; Clemson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; and Clemson and Furman Universities. A 200-slip Marina, Village Center, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and more than 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails, and green spaces highlight more than $100 million in completed family amenities at The Reserve. To learn more, call 877-922-LAKE (5253), or visit . This will be The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s third year as a three-day host course of the tournament.