|Jack Nicklaus to compete in 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs|
Feb. 25, 2003
Jack Nicklaus is coming to the Nationwide Tour.
The World Golf Hall of Famer has agreed to compete in the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs in Greenville, S.C. with his four sons -- Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael -- the week of April 28-May 4. It will mark the first time that Nicklaus has played with all four sons in the same tournament.
"Two of my loves are competitive golf and having the chance to play golf with my sons," said Nicklaus. "To be able to combine the two is truly special for me. Our family looks forward to getting to Greenville, and we appreciate all those involved with the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs for inviting us."
A PGA TOUR member since 1962, Nicklaus has 71 TOUR titles, including a record 18 professional major championships -- six Masters ; five PGA Championships; four U.S. Opens and three British Opens. He also won the U.S. Amateur twice.
He was named the Greatest Golfer of the Century by almost every major national and international media outlet, and was voted Sports Illustrated's Individual Male Athlete of the Century. He was a member/captain of eight Ryder Cup teams and is the U.S. Captain for this fall's Presidents Cup matches in South Africa.
"We are privileged to have Jack and his sons compete in this year's tournament," said Doug McGrath, general chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. "Besides being the greatest golfer in the history of the game, he is a family man who has made a difference in the world through his various charitable activities.
"Our tournament embodies strong family values as evidenced by the number of family oriented charities that receive funds from the tournament. In addition to competing at the highest level of the game, Jack has placed family and charitable endeavors at the top of his list of priorities. We are honored to have Jack and his family join us."
"This is an exciting moment for the Nationwide Tour and the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs," said Bill Calfee, chief of operations for the Tour. "Having Jack Nicklaus play in one of our events will bring additional attention to this Tour and his presence will help this already outstanding event reach new heights."
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will be held at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals.
The tournament is one of the premier events on the Nationwide Tour and is the only one that features professionals paired with celebrity/amateur partners in a two-day, best-ball competition. The 14 lowest-scoring teams (10 pro-celeb and four pro-am) advance to play for the BMW Charity Cup on Saturday. The professional winner of the 72-hole tournament will take home $99,000 from the total purse of $550,000, while the amateurs/celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the 48 beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc., the host organization for the event.
Like all events on the Nationwide Tour, charity is the main beneficiary. The first two installments of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs have raised more than $1 million for charity.