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2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Raises $634,571 for Local Charities

August 17, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 16, 2012) – The 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $634,571 for 27 Upstate charities, it was announced today. Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc. presented checks to representatives from the participating charities at the Charity Check Presentation presented by Nucor, held at the BMW Zentrum.

Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $9.25 million for 150+ charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Tour.

“Today’s announcement deepens this tournament’s impact on some well-deserving charities,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit organization that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “After 12 years, I am even more convinced that this event and the money it raises for our community plays a significant role in contributing to our local economy.”

Awards were also presented to the 2012 volunteers of the year as well as one for the Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. The 2012 volunteers of the year were Monty Wiggins (Thornblade Club), Paul Sargent (The Carolina Country Club), Joni Puckett (Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course), David Alverson (Transportation Committee) and Shawn Crisp ( Tour Volunteer of the Week).

The 27 charities benefitting from the 2012 tournament include 100 Black Men of the Upstate, A Child's Haven, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship 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, 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.

Australian Nick Flanagan won the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament, 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 Tour money list. The top 25 money leaders on the 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, up 4,500 from last year, due in large part to the continued support from the memberships of Thornblade Club, Carolina Country Club and the addition of Greenville Country Club.

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.

Sponsorship and playing opportunities for the 2013 tournament are currently available. Contact Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276 for more information.

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