|2004 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Golf Tournament Sets Record for Charity|
(June 27, 2004) - The fourth-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament raised a record $752,650 for 29 Upstate and western North Carolina charities. The check amount was presented by officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc., at today's volunteer Appreciation Party held at the Wyche Pavilion. According to PGA TOUR officials, that is the largest donation made from the Nationwide Tour since its inception. The previous record was last year's BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, which raised $674,788.
A throng of 40,000 fans witnessed former University of Georgia golfer Ryuji Imada win his second Nationwide Tour event (2000 Virginia Beach Open) in a sudden death playoff against Paul Gow. Imada won the tournament on the fifth playoff hole (No. 12 at Cliffs Valley) by sinking a 10-foot, downhill putt. The victory earned Imada $108,000. He shot a four-day total 270 (70-66-65-69), which was 17-under par. Gow finished in second place, earning $64,800. Five players finished tied for third place.
In the BMW Charity Cup Pro-Celebrity division former University of South Carolina football standout and Heisman trophy winner George Rogers and Oscar-winning actor/director Kevin Costner finished tied for first place at 32-under par. Legendary golf announcer Ben Wright finished in third place. Actor Kurt Russell finished fourth. University of South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz finished in fifth-place.
Matthias Schweicher of BMW and his professional partner Jake Reeves won the BMW Charity Cup Pro-Amateur division.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is one of the premier events on the Nationwide Tour and is the only event that features professionals paired with an amateur or celebrity partner in a two-day better-ball competition. Professionals compete for a cash purse, while 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.
All four rounds are televised live by The Golf Channel.
The first four tournaments have raised more than $2.3 million for charity.
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.