The BMW Charity Pro-Am has many official events connected with the Web.com stop in the Upstate. One event is not on the official schedule, but has become an annual event for many of the Tour players.
Jose Alvarez has served the Web.com Tour players, wives and caddie’s for the last 11 years representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Alvarez began “The Shoot-Out with the Pros” eight years ago as a fun outing and a break from the serious business of playing Tour golf for a living.
It has expanded to include amateurs the last few years, with this year’s event pairing 60 amateurs with the 20 pros including Greenville’s U.S. Presidents Cup captain and PGA Tour winner, Jay Haas.
The tournament started small and has grown with the support of the Cross Winds ownership, Web.Com players and tournament sponsor Red Bullet Development of Greenville. The event is also supported by MAU, Workforce Solutions.
“This was the best our event has been in the eight years we have been doing this,” said Alvarez, the tournament organizer. “We received great support from our sponsors the players and the amateurs,” he added.
When it first started the tournament was just a fun event for the pros and their caddies.
“About three years ago we added the fund-raising portion of the tournament and opened it up to amateurs,” said Alvarez.
This year the “Shoot out with the Pros” raised approximately $30,000. The proceeds will be used to support the Tour Life ministry on the Web.com Tour and also to send local kids from the Upstate to FCA Golf Camps.
The event is played on the Monday before the start of the BMW Classic and this year Alvarez received support from 20 Tour players.
Jay Haas, Zack Fischer, Robert Gamez, Josh O’Neal, Chris Baker, Jonathan B yrd, Matt Atkins, Tom Whitney, Josh Teater, Jay Haas, Jr. Anders Albertson, Jonathan Hodge, Derek Ernst, Jeff Gove, A.J. McInerney, Jim Park, Adam Schenk, Blake Adams and Matt Harmon all played with an amateur partner to raise money for the project.
The winning net score team was Ashlee Richardson, Joel Stoudenmire, not pictured King Whitner and their Tour pro was AJ McInerney.
Matt Harmon won the Pro division with a score of 8-under par 46 on the Par-3 course.
For more information about the event or the FCA contact Jose Alvarez at JAlvarez@fca.org