PGA Tour

Favre to headline celebrities at the BMW

Hall of Fame Packer QB will headline the celebrity group at next month’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex.

Hey cheese head fans don’t fret, instead of Aaron Rodgers you are going to see Brett.

The Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame quarterback is one of 16 celebrities announced in the first wave for the June 6th Web.com Tour event.

Current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had been to the tournament the last two years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brett Favre to the Upstate,” said Bob Nitto, president of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex. “Along with some of our crowd favorites, we are certain the fans will show all of the celebrities a warm welcome,” he said.

A good mix of returning fan favorites and a few newcomers will give fans a chance to be star gazers as well as golf fans.

Larry the Cable Guy, Blackish star Anthony Anderson and NCIS New Orleans star Lucas Black will represent Hollywood.

Fred McGriff, Josh Beckett, Pudge Rodriguiz and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will represent the baseball celebrities.

Reality TV starts Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) and Shep Rose from Southern Charm have been to Greenville before and are making a return trip.

Fan favorite Larry the Cable Guy returns to the tournament and brings his unique golf attire with him.

While the celebrities announced so far give the tournament some headliners, the event   will have a significant format change.

“We will use Thornblade and Cliffs Valley. There will be a cut made after 36 holes so all the amateurs and celebrities will get to play both courses,” said tournament director Michael McGovern.

The Saturday round will include the celebrities and amateurs who made the cut playing for the pro-am win.

Sunday will now be exclusively for the professionals who will be competing for the tournament title.

The Web.com Tour professionals play every day, but many of the amateurs hardly ever play three or four days in a row.

The tournament has benefited from very loyal playing sponsors and as the years have added up some of those sponsors are not as young as they used to be.

“We found that this will help the amateurs stay fresh and still get to enjoy the celebrities and the pro-am,” said McGovern.

A little extra benefit of the new format is that the professionals can get a day of rest.

In past years the Web.com pros would have to use Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday for practice rounds at each course.

Now they will only need two days to tune up for the championship and depending on the way they use their time they can be rested and ready for the first round.

The tournament has long been a favorite of the Web.com Tour players and staff and now McGovern and the operations team have added some extra benefits to help make a good stay in Greenville even better.

“The top 25 get to drive around in BMWs. There are restaurants that will take care of their meals. We will have day care and a few other amenities for the families. We are adding to what we do and that is going to make our event even closer to the way a PGA Tour event operates and treats the golfers,” said McGovern.

A number of Web.com Tour regulars with ties to the Upstate are expected to be in the field.

Former Gamecock golfer Mark Anderson, who won the BMW tournament in 2013 is currently in the top 25 after an early season win.

Wofford Grad Andrew Novak will be in the professional field along with a handful of pros with area connections.

Wofford grad Andrew Novak, Clemson grad Billy Kennerly and  USC grad and former SEC individual champion Matt NeSmith  are all expected to compete.

Associated with the tournament will be a special ticketed concert by Greenville favorite Edwin McCain on June 7th.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased  through South Carolina Charities Director of Sales, Linda Johnson at ljohnson@sccharities.org.

The tournament can always use a few more volunteers. There is still time to register to help with the tournament.

Volunteer information is available from Nicole Harris at nharris@sccharities.org.

Tickets are available on the event website at http://www.bmwcharitygolf.com

Since 2001 the tournament has contributed over $13 million to numerous charities across the Upstate.

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