GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Celebrity course rotations for the upcoming BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament were announced, as were updates to the celebrity list. First-time participants include actor Richard Schiff of NBC's "The West Wing", actor Chris Rich of "Reba" and Reggie Smith, retired MLB All-Star. Returning to the tournament are actress Paula Trickey of USA Network's "Pacific Blue" and actor Andy Buckley of "The Office". It was also announced that Lucas Black, Javier Colon, Greg Kinnear and Bruce Greenwood have had to withdraw from the 2012 tournament due to schedule conflicts.
"We're always disappointed to have to announce celebrity cancellations, but it's something we go through almost every year," said Tournament Director Darin MacDonald. "When dealing with actors and musicians, work commitments have to take precedence, which is understandable. We're very excited, however, to announce the five celebrities joining the lineup. It's great to have both new and returning names."
Schiff, Rich, Smith, Trickey and Buckley bring the celebrity lineup to 25. They join the following celebrity participants: Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Mark Bryan, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, David James Elliott, Dean Felber, Oliver Hudson, Josh Kelley, Cheech Marin, Danny Masterson, Rob Morrow, Terry O'Quinn, Joe Don Rooney, Wyatt Russell, Grant Show, Holly Sonders, Kevin Sorbo, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.
Actor Richard Schiff is best known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama "The West Wing", a role for which he received an Emmy. Schiff can also be seen on other popular television shows including "Criminal Minds", "House of Lies" and "NCIS". This will be Schiff's first time playing in the tournament.
Actor Chris Rich is best known for playing Brock Hart on the television series "Reba". He has also had guest appearances on popular shows including "Murphy Brown", "ER", "Boston Legal", "Desperate Housewives" and "Melissa and Joey". This will be Rich's first time playing in the tournament.
Reggie Smith is a former Major League Baseball outfielder, coach and front office executive. During his 17-year big league career Smith appeared in 1,987 games, hit 314 home runs and appeared in four World Series, capturing the title once. Throughout his career he played for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. This will be Smith's first time participating in the tournament.
Actress Paula Trickey earned the title of Miss Oklahoma in the 1985 Teen All-American Pageant. Following high school, Trickey moved to Dallas where she studied acting and honed her skills as an actress prior to moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career. After arriving in L.A., Trickey landed a five- season run on Pacific Blue and has also had recurring roles on shows such as "The O.C.", "Beverly Hills, 90210", and "Walker, Texas Ranger". This is Trickey's third time participating in the tournament.
Actor Andy Buckley can be seen weekly in the ABC Family hit "The Lying Game" as Dr. Ted Mercer, a good-natured father of two who's hiding a dark secret from his past. He is also continuing his role as David Wallace on the NBC hit comedy "The Office". Buckley also plays Julia Louis Dreyfus' boyfriend in the new HBO comedy hit "VEEP". This will be Buckley's second time playing in the tournament.
Celebrities will play the following course rotations:
Thursday Thornblade Club: Mark Bryan, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Josh Kelley, Danny Masterson, Joe Don Rooney and Grant Show
The Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course: Oliver Hudson, Rob Morrow, Terry O'Quinn, Wyatt Russell, Richard Schiff, Holly Sonders, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton
The Carolina Country Club: Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Andy Buckley, David James Elliott, Cheech Marin, Chris Rich, Kevin Sorbo, Reggie Smith and Paula Trickey
Friday Thornblade Club: Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Andy Buckley, David James Elliott, Cheech Marin, Chris Rich, Kevin Sorbo, Reggie Smith and Paula Trickey
The Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course: Mark Bryan, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Josh Kelley, Danny Masterson, Joe Don Rooney and Grant Show
The Carolina Country Club: Oliver Hudson, Rob Morrow, Terry O'Quinn, Wyatt Russell, Richard Schiff, Holly Sonders, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton
Saturday Thornblade Club: Oliver Hudson, Rob Morrow, Terry O'Quinn, Wyatt Russell, Richard Schiff, Holly Sonders, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton
The Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course: Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Andy Buckley, David James Elliott, Cheech Marin, Chris Rich, Kevin Sorbo, Reggie Smith and Paula Trickey
The Carolina Country Club: Mark Bryan, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Josh Kelley, Danny Masterson, Joe Don Rooney and Grant Show
Sunday All golf is played at Thornblade Club (only the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advance to play Sunday's final round).
The 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 17-20 at Thornblade Club, The Carolina Country Club and Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between 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 play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event takes home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
A live broadcast of the tournament can be seen on Golf Channel on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May18 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 2-4 p.m.
To purchase tickets call or (864) 297-1660 or purchase tickets at the gate at any of the tournament courses Thursday, May 17?Saturday, May 19 or at Thornblade Club on Sunday, May 20.
To purchase tickets at the gate park at spectator parking, ride the shuttle to the course and purchase tickets at the TD Bank Convenience Center. The TD Bank Convenience Center is located near the shuttle drop off at each course. Spectator parking locations and directions can be found at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.
Complimentary daily grounds admission is granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents; a valid ID is required for entry. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted to all youth 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for more than 150 charities.
The 27 charities that have the opportunity to earn funds from the tournament are: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child's Haven, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Children Shelter of the Upstate, Citizen Scholars of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, Clement's Kindness, Defenders for Children, Dogs For Autism, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Loaves & Fishes, Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, NCCAA, New Foundations Home for Children, Pendleton Place Children's Shelter,
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Spiritual 2-A-Days and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.
Playing and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 tournament are available at www.bmwproam.com.
For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament's website www.bmwcharitygolf.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BMWCharityProAm.