Bob Gillespie



Golf comes to Greenville: BMW Charity Pro-Am tickets on sale

Posted 2/24/2013 6:32:00 PM

The return of the BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation to the South Carolina Upstate is still about three months away (May 16-19), but tickets for the state’s lone Tour event are now on sale, and registration for volunteers for the tournament opened on Feb. 1.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am, in its 13th year, has become a tradition in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area, with state residents and tourists flocking to three of the area’s top golf courses to watch young professional up-and-comers display the talents each hopes will enable him to graduate from the PGA Tour’s developmental tour to golf’s Big Time.

Tickets for the tournament are set at fan-friendly prices – ranging from $10-$25 up to $50 for premium packages – and when purchased online at, 100 percent of the purchase price can be donated to one of 20 charity partners. Also, free daily grounds admission is available for all active-duty, retired or Reserves military and veterans and their dependents (valid ID required), as well as for youngsters 14 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.

But perhaps an even better way not only to see the young pros, but also to be a part of the event, is through the BMW Charity Pro-Am’s volunteer program. Volunteers pay $50 ($40 if they register by March 29 at, for which they receive a tournament volunteer polo shirt and cap or visor, plus a Volunteer Credential, a Patron Credential, a volunteer pin and food and beverages while serving as a volunteer.

Additionally, volunteers can earn funds for their favorite tournament charity by choosing one of the 20 partners to receive credit for their work days.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the tournament,” says executive director Darin MacDonald. “It’s not an exaggeration to say the event wouldn’t be possible without them. And you don’t need to know anything about golf to volunteer.” Volunteers serve as gallery marshals on the course and other tournament-related duties.

Too, there are worse places than this year’s three host courses to spend four warm spring days in the Upstate – especially if you love golf.

Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course is a classic Robert Trent Jones design, updated in the early 2000s by his son and fellow architect, Rees Jones, and is consistently ranked among the state’s finest tests. The Reserve at Lake Keowee, in its first year as part of the BMW lineup, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design located 45 miles from Greenville on the shores of Lake Keowee. Both courses will host play Thursday-Monday as part of a three-course rotation for players.

The tournament’s home course, Thornblade Club will be the site of Sunday’s final round as well as hosting play Thursday-Saturday. Designed by Tom Fazio, the club is the home course for Champions Tour veteran Jay Haas and PGA Tour members Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open champion), Bill Haas (2011 FedEx Cup winner), Kyle Thompson and Charles Warren.

Also, the BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only Tour event to use the pro-am format, with amateurs and celebrities being grouped with tour players in a four-day, better-ball competition conducted in conjunction with the professional event – similar to such PGA Tour events as the Humana Challenge and the AT&T at Pebble Beach. The tournament offers a purse of $650,000 with the individual champion winning $117,000, among the top paydays on the Tour.

For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am, call (864) 297-1660 or click here. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.