Notes: Celebrities join Web.com Tour pros at BMW Charity Pro-Am
May 14, 2014
- Oliver Hudson from "Nashville" returns to play this year. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
BMW IS UNIQUE WEEK ON WEB.COM TOUR – With 168 professionals, 25 celebrities and a host of amateurs from around the country participating, the 23rd BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is a unique and popular stop on the Web.com Tour in Greenville, S.C. This year’s returning celebrities include musician Steve Azar, Andy Buckley (“The Office”), Greg Ellis (“24”), Wayne, Janet and Ty Gretzky, Oliver Hudson (“Nashville”), Danny Masterson (“Men at Work”), John O'Hurley (“Seinfield”), Michael Pena (“Shooter”), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”), Paula Trickey (“The O.C.”) and Gary Valentine (“Here Comes the Boom”). First-time participants include Golf Channel broadcaster Lisa Cornwell, Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”), actor/comedian Bill Engvall, Allstate spokesman and actor Dennis Haysbert (“24”), actor Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”), Jordan Masterson (“Last Man Standing”), Frankie Muñiz (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Jeffrey Nordling (“Desperate Housewives”), two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, sportscaster and model Win McMurry and Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”). The low 10 pro-am teams and low six celebrity pro-am teams will return to play on Sunday at Thornblade Club after rotating the first three days between Thornblade, Green Valley Country Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
NEW EVENT / FIRST SOUTH AMERICAN TPC ANNOUNCED – The Web.com Tour has announced a new tournament, the Karibana Championship, to be played at a Jack Nicklaus-designed course that fronts the Caribbean Sea in Cartagena, Colombia. It was simultaneously announced that the development will become the first TPC property in South America and be named TPC Cartagena at Karibana, effective this summer. Read the story
ON THE TEE – Golf Channel will televise the first of 11 Web.com Tour tournaments in 2014 this week. All 11 will be produced in high definition. The BMW Charity Pro-Am will air in prime time Thursday through Sunday.
A GREAT HOMETOWN SHOWING – One of the Web.com Tour’s most prominent alums Jim Furyk made a valiant run at winning his hometown event, THE PLAYERS Championship, on Sunday. A 66 came up a shot short of champion Martin Kaymer. Furyk’s hometown fan base includes the executives and employees of Web.com. The Ponte Vedra Beach resident has been aligned with the Jacksonville-based company since 2012.
PATRICK CANTLAY RETURNS – 2013 graduate Patrick Cantlay will make his first PGA TOUR start as a member this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The 22-year-old nearly won his last start, which came in the Web.com Tour Finals in early September. He finished a shot back of Hotel Fitness Championship winner Trevor Immelman.
RACING CONNECTION – Adam Webb of tiny Ridgeway, Va. (pop. 775) will get his second Web.com Tour start at the BMW Charity Pro-Am this week. A sponsor exemption at the recent South Georgia Classic through the eGolf Tour, the 26-year-old finished T8. That top-10 earned Webb a spot in Greenville this week. Ridgeway is home to NASCAR’s Martinsville Speedway in south central Virginia.
25TH YEAR MEMORIES -- May 13, 1990: Jeff Maggert wins the Knoxville Open. Aided by an eagle on the first extra hole, he beats Greg Ladehoff. Knoxville remains one of four host cities from the Tour’s inaugural year that is still on the schedule 25 years later. May 15, 1998: Notah Begay III records the first 59 in Tour history, a 13-under-par round in the second round of the Dominion Open near Richmond, Va. May 17, 1989: The PGA TOUR, Ben Hogan Company and the Pensacola Sports Association announce the first of 30 events for the recently announced new tour, with Pensacola Country Club the host venue in April 1990.
NEXT WEEK – The Tour crosses the state line into North Carolina for the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield in Raleigh, where Chesson Hadley won his hometown event.