Twenty-five celebrities will be in Greenville the week of May 12 for the 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, including 10 first-time participants. Officials also announced two new celebrity components, including featured celebrity groupings and six celebrities to play in Sunday’s final round.
First-time participants include Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”), Golf Channel broadcaster Lisa Cornwell, Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”), actor/comedian Bill Engvall, Allstate spokesman and actor Dennis Haysbert (“24”), actor Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”), Jordan Masterson (“Last Man Standing”), two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, sportscaster and model Win McMurry and Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”).
Returning celebrities include Anthony Anderson (“Guys with Kids”), musician Steve Azar, Catherine Bell (“Army Wives”), Andy Buckley (“The Office”),Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”), Greg Ellis (“24”),Oliver Hudson (“Nashville”), musician Josh Kelley, Greg Kinnear (“Rake”), Danny Masterson (“Men at Work”), John O'Hurley (“Seinfield”), Michael Pena (“Shooter”), Paula Trickey (“The O.C.”), Gary Valentine (“Here Comes the Boom” ) and Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”).
"This year's celebrity list features a great group of new faces as well as names, like Catherine Bell and Greg Kinnear, who are returning for the first time in several years," said Darin MacDonald, executive director of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit that manages the tournament. “Add to that a fantastic group of core names who love the Upstate and make a point to participate year after year, and I think we've got our best list to date.”
Tournament officials announced the news today in front of media, tournament sponsors and volunteers at the BMW Performance Center during Media Day presented by OOBE. Officials also announced two new elements of the tournament:three featured celebrity groupings who will play together Thursday through Saturday and the six lowest-scoring celebrities will advance to Sunday's final round.
The featured celebrity groups will pair two pro-celebrity teams together and will include the following pairs:comedian duo O'Hurley and Engvall, Tool Time duo Karn and Dunning from “Home Improvement” and actor-brother pairing Danny and Jordan Masterson. The six low-scoring celebrities making it to Sunday’s final round will be posted after the third round of the tournament.
In previous years, the lowest-scoring 14 pro-am teams made the cut to Sunday's round. This year, the 10 lowest-scoring pro-am teams and six lowest-scoring celebrities will make it to Sunday.
"Watching the celebrities interact with one another on the course is something we've never seen before. These changes are sure to make memorable moments for the spectators, Golf Channel viewers and the celebrities themselves," said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc.
This year the public not only has the chance to see the celebrities on the course, but they are also invited to attend the Celebrity Walk of Fame presented by Piedmont Natural Gas on Thursday, May 15, from 6:45-7:45 p.m. The event, which will be emceed by actor/comedian Gary Valentine, will take place on Main Street in front of the Courtyard Greenville Downtown.
The 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 15-18 at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and, new for 2014, Green Valley Country Club.
Actor Anthony Andersonis well-known for his role on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama “Law & Order” as well as his roles on the NBC comedy “Guys With Kids”and “The Bernie Mac Show.” Anderson has appeared in more than 20 films including “Transformers”, “The Departed”and “Scary Movie 3”. This will be Anderson’s third time participating in the tournament.
Steve Azar is a country music artist. His biggest hit, “I Don’t Have To Be Me (Til Monday),” is from his album “Waitin’On Joe.”Azar’s other albums include “Heartbreak Town,”“Indianola”and“Slide On Over Here.”This is Azar’s sixth tournament appearance.
Actor Jonathan Banks has been appearing in films and on television since the mid 70s. Most notably Banks played cop-turned-killer Mike Ehrmantraut on the acclaimed AMC drama “Breaking Bad.”He will reprise the role in the upcoming spinoff “Better Call Saul”and can also be seen on on NBC’s “Community.”This will be his first time participating in the tournament.
Actress Catherine Bell has starred in Lifetime’s “Army Wives”since 2007, and is also well-known for her role in “JAG,”which spanned from 1995-2006. Bell can also be seen in the film “Bruce Almighty”alongside Jim Carrey. Returning after a three-year hiatus, this will be Bell’s seventh time participating in the tournament.
Actor Andy Buckley is best-known for his role as David Wallace on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office.” Buckley can also be seen as in the box office hit “Bridesmaids,” HBO’s “Veep” andthe movie “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.Upcoming projects include roles in films “Horrible Bosses 2”and “Jurassic World”and appearances inHBO's “Silicon Valley”and Steve Carrell's new comedic game show “Riot,”which will air on FOX. This will be his fourth time playing in the tournament.
Lisa Cornwell is the newest member of Golf Channel's broadcast team and a co-anchor of the network's signature news show“Golf Central.” An accomplished amateur player, Cornwell is a four-time Arkansas State Amateur champion, having won her first title at the age of 14. She played college golf at Southern Methodist University and the University of Arkansas and has played numerous rounds with her cousin, the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. Prior to joining Golf Channel, Cornwell most recently hosted a college football show titled “SEC Press Pass,” a syndicated show she founded in 2011. This will be Cornwell’s first time participating in the tournament.
Actor Jeffrey Donovan is well-known for his starring role in USA Network’s “Burn Notice” as well as supporting roles in movies such as “Hitch” with Will Smith and “J. Edgar” with Leonardo DiCaprio. This will be his fourth appearance.
Actress Debbe Dunning is best-known for her role as “Tool Time Girl”Heidi Keppert on the ABC sitcom “Home Improvement,”which she played for six seasons. Other TV and film credits include appearances on “Married With Children,”“Baywatch”and “Silk Stalkings.”This will be Dunning’s first time participating in the tournament.
Actor Greg Ellis is best remembered for his portrayal of Michael Amador the virus broker in season 3 of the award-winning Fox drama “24” and for his portrayal of Lieutenant Groves in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Other television credits include series regular, recurring and guest starring roles on shows such as “CSI: Las Vegas,”“The X-Files” and “Bones.”This will be Ellis’s second time participating in the tournament.
Comedian and actor Bill Engvall is best known for his work as a stand-up comic, his signature "Here's Your Sign" bit, and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group. Engvall has appeared in his own TV show, “The Bill Engvall Show,”and has had guest appearances on other shows including “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,”“Hawthorne and Bounty Hunters.”This will be Engvall’s first time participating in the tournament.
Actor Dennis Haysbert is well-known for his role as President David Palmer in FOX’s “24”and as Jonas Blane on CBS’s “The Unit.”He is currently the official spokesman for Allstate Insurance Company. This will be Haysbert’s first time playing in the tournament.
Actor Oliver Hudson can currently be seen on ABC’s drama series “Nashville”as record executive Jeff Fordham. Hudson also starred in seven season of the CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement” alongside David Spade and fellow tournament participant Patrick Warburton. This will be Hudson’s seventh time playing in the tournament.
Richard Karn is perhaps best known for his role as Al Borland on the hit sitcom “Home Improvement.”Most recently, Karn held a guest role on ABC’s “Last Man Standing,”where he was united with his “Home Improvement”co-star Tim Allen. This will be Karn’s first time participating in the tournament.
Singer-songwriter Josh Kelley has recorded both as a pop-rock and country artist, and boasts hits including “Amazing”, “Only You”and “Georgia Clay”. This will be Kelley’s fifth time playing in the tournament.
Actor Greg Kinnear has many film credits to his name including “Little Miss Sunshine,”“You’ve Got Mail”and “As Good As It Gets.”His recent work includes the lead role in the FOX series “Rake.”This will be Kinnear’s fifthtime participating in the tournament.
Actor Danny Masterson is well-known for his role as Steven Hyde in FOX’s “That ‘70s Show.”Recently, he starred in the TBS series “Men At Work.” This will be Masterson’s third appearance.
Actor Jordan Masterson can currently be seen on ABC’s “Last Man Standing.”He is also known for his role as Mark in the 2005 film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and his recurring role as Dumptruck in ABC Family comedy-drama series “Greek.”This will be Masterson’s first time playing in the tournament.
Quarterback Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to a championship in 1985’s Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots. That same year, McMahon was part of the infamous “Super Bowl Shuffle,”which sold more than a half-million copies and made the Chicago Bears the only American professional sports team with a hit single. McMahon’s second Super Bowl title came 11 years later with the Green Bay Packers. This will be McMahon’s first time participating in the tournament.
Win McMurry is an award-winning on-air host, reporter, producer, model and author. She was named “Golf’s No. 1 Beauty”by “Sports Illustrated’s GOLF Magazine”and won two Telly Awards for her work as a producer, writer and host of groundbreaking online content for the PGA TOUR. This will be McMurry’s first time participating in the tournament.
Actor and TV personality John O’Hurley is well-known for the role of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” and was host of the game show “Family Feud” from 2006 to 2010. O’Hurley has been the host of Purina's annual National Dog Show every Thanksgiving since 2002, and he was also a contestant on the first season of the hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”This will be O’Hurley’s seventhtime participating in the tournament.
Actor Michael Pena is perhaps best known for his role in “Shooter”alongside Mark Wahlberg. Other films include “Gangster Squad,”“Crash,”“World Trade Center,”“Observe and Report,”“30 Minutes or Less,”“Tower Heist,” and “End of Watch.” This will be Pena’s sixth time playing in the tournament.
Actor and comedian Rob Riggle is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show” from 2006 to 2008, as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 2004–2005 and for his comedic roles in films such as “The Hangover,”“The Other Guys,”“21 Jump Street” and “Step Brothers.” Riggle is also a retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer and served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. This will be Riggle’s first time participating in the tournament.
Actress Paula Trickey starred in the USA Network series “Pacific Blue” and also had recurring roles on shows such as “The O.C.,”“Beverly Hills,”“90210” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” This is Trickey’s fifth time participating in the tournament.
Actor and comedian Gary Valentine has appeared in films such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and, most recently, “Here Comes The Boom.” Valentine had a recurring role on the CBS comedy “The King of Queens.” This is Valentine’s seventh time participating in the tournament.
Patrick Warburton is perhaps best known for his role as David Puddy on the hit series “Seinfeld.”For seven years, Warburton starred in the CBS series “Rules of Engagement”alongside Oliver Hudson and David Spade.Warburton has lent his voice to several animated films and TV series including “The Emperor’s New Groove,”“Family Guy” and “Kim Possible.”This is Warburton’s sixth time playing in the tournament.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Web.com Tour where 168 amateurs and celebrities are grouped with 168 Web.com Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with celebrities playing once at each course by the end of Saturday’s third round.
After 54 holes, the 10 lowest scoring pro-am teams, six lowest scoring celebrity pro-am teams and 65 low Web.com Tour pros (and ties) will advance to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000. The 10 lowest scoring amateurs (non-celebrities) who play in Sunday’s final round will compete for a share of the $16,000 Kentwool Charity Purse. Amateurs’ winnings will be donated to the tournament beneficiary of their choice, chosen from the 2014 list of 25 organizations.
Since 2001 more than 109 celebrities have participated in the tournament.
South Carolina Charities, Inc. (SCCI), the non-profit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, was created in order to showcase the beauty of Upstate South Carolina and the hospitality of its citizens to the world; to create an event that brings the Upstate a fun and entertaining week centered around professional athletes and world renowned celebrities; and raise money and awareness for South Carolina charities.
Twenty-five charities have been selected to benefit from the 2014 tournament. These charities have the opportunity to earn funds through ticket sales, volunteer recruitment and one-day pro-am team sales. Learn more about these programs at bmwcharitygolf.com.
The 25 charities selected include:100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child’s Haven, Child Evangelism Fellowship - Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship - Spartanburg, The First Tee of Greenville, Furman University - The Riley Institute, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Tech Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF - Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., Project HOPE Foundation, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Set Free Alliance, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville, Vested Partners, and The Walker Foundation for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind.
The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation generated $731,152 in charitable donations. Since 2001, the tournament has distributed more than $9.98 million to more than 150 charities, putting the tournament on the road to raising $10 million after the 2014 tournament. In January 2014 it was announced that the PGA TOUR and its tournaments have surpassed $2 billion in all-time charitable donations.
In 2013,Clemson University’s International Institute of Tourism Research and Development conducted a study of the economic impacts of expenditures related to tournament operations and found thatthe 2013 tournament generated total direct spending of $4.712 million, supported 139 jobs, generated net local government revenues $541,048 and net state government revenues of $868,479, and yielded $6.744 million in total output/ impact.
As the most unique tournament on the Web.com Tour, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has many different playing options and sponsorship opportunities to offer. To review these opportunities visit the Sponsorship and Playing Opportunities page of bmwcharitygolf.com.