|Professional Winner to Receive BMW X5|
GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 14, 2007) - The best just got better!
Besides taking home a trophy and check for $117,000, the professional winner of the 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will drive off with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. This marks the first time in the history of the Nationwide Tour that a vehicle will be given to a tournament winner. It also marks the largest gift ever given on the Nationwide Tour.
"BMW Manufacturing continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing what is already a premier Nationwide Tour event by awarding its X5 SAV to this year's winner," said Bill Calfee, president of the Nationwide Tour. "Whoever is crowned champion, I can assure you that he will have an extra wide smile on his face when he collects the trophy, the $117,000 check and the keys to this beautiful vehicle."
"Each year we challenge ourselves to add excitement to our tournament," said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. "This year the professional winner will drive away in a BMW X5 made by South Carolinians adding even more drama to the finish."
"The only place in the world where X5s are built is at BMW Manufacturing," said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. "How cool is it that the winner of this tournament will be driving a vehicle that is made right in our backyard. Everyone in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina is so glad that BMW decided to locate its only U.S. factory in our community. Our volunteers, charities and sponsors are very proud of that, too, and will be delighted to see the winner drive off the 18th green in a new X5."
The 2007 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament will be played May 17-20, 2007, at The Cliffs Valley, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Along with a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the professional winner of the 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice from the list of beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.
The first six tournaments have raised more than $3.7 million for 80+ area charities.