GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Besides taking home a trophy and check for $121,500, the professional winner of the 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am will drive off with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. This marks the second year in a row -- and only the second time in the history of the PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour -- that a vehicle will be given to a tournament winner. It also matches the largest gift ever given on the Nationwide Tour.
"Not only did Nick Flanagan drive off with a beautiful BMW X5 last year when he won the BMW Charity Pro-Am, he drove on to win two more Nationwide Tour events and earn an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR in August," said Bill Calfee, president of the Nationwide Tour. "I'm sure this year's winner would love to emulate Nick's success. Given the prestige of the tournament, the large cash purse and the availability of this beautiful automobile, there is a great deal of incentive for each and every one of our players to want to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am."
"It was such a wonderful addition last year to give Nick Flanagan the keys to an X5 that we decided to do it again this year," said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. "We think it's pretty cool to have the winner of this tournament drive away in a brand new BMW made right here in South Carolina."
"The only place in the world where X5s are built is at BMW Manufacturing Co., right here in our backyard" said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. "Everyone is so glad that BMW decided to locate its only U.S. factory in our community. Our volunteers, charities and sponsors are very proud of that, too, and will be delighted to see the winner drive off the 18th green in a new X5 with a big check for $121,500 in the back seat."
The 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will be played May 15-18, 2008, at Bright's Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C., The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg and Thornblade Club in Greer. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide 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 Thornblade Club. Celebrities will play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $121,500 from the total purse of $675,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour, as well as a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. 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.
The first seven tournaments have raised more than $5.7 million for 80+ area charities.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament; sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament's website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.