Australian Nick Flanagan won the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament held at Thornblade Club here today, but it didn't come easy. It took three playoff holes against fellow Australian Cameron Percy before Flanagan notched his first win of the year. Flanagan also won the tournament in 2007. He finished the tournament at -15 under par (67, 70, 67, 67).
The win earned Flanagan $108,000 and moved him to 11th on the Nationwide Tour money list. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2013.
Amateur Brian Todd and his professional partner Fabian Gomez won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -46 under par. They donated their $1,000 winnings to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Actor Andy Buckley was the highest finishing celebrity at T7, -30 under par. He donated his earnings to The First Tee Greenville.
Tournament attendance was 50,500.
The 24 celebrities that competed in the 2012 tournament were Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, David James Elliott, Dean Felber, Oliver Hudson, Josh Kelley, Danny Masterson, Rob Morrow, Terry O'Quinn, Chris Rich, Joe Don Rooney, Wyatt Russell, Richard Schiff, Grant Show, Reggie Smith, Holly Sonders, Kevin Sorbo, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.
The twenty-seven (27) charities that will earn funds from this year's 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 (CEF) 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, 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 S.C., Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (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, The First Tee of Greenville, and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.
The 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation was played 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. Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $8.6 million for more than 150 charities. Earnings from this year's tournament will be announced in the coming months.
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.