Korn-Ferry Tour

BMW sets celebrity lineup

Some upstate favorites and a few new faces headline the group of celebrity golfers set to play in the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD Synnex starting on June 8th.

The only course in the world Larry “The Cable Guy” can wear this outfit is at the BMW Pro-Am. Boxing champion Canelo actually is a better than average golfer. (GolfClub Photos from Gwinn Davis Media)

Boxing super-star Canelo and comedian Larry “The Cable Guy” have had some of the largest fan followings and both return for this year’s event.

“We are excited to host this exceptional lineup of celebrities during the BMW Charity Pro-Am,” said Bob Nitto, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc, the group presenting the event.

The “Wizard of Oz” Hall of Fame Ozzie Smith has been a regular at the BMW Pro-Am, (GolfClub Photo)
Actor D.B. Sweeney portrayed Greenville legend Shoeless Joe Jackson in the movie “*8 Men Out.”

Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be well represented this year when Ozzie Smith, Ken Griffey Jr, and Pudge Rodriquez will be in the field.

One of the first time celebrities is Greenville native Shoeless Joe Jackson, or at least the actor who played Jackson in the movie “8 Men Out.”

Actor D.B. Sweeney portrayed the Greenville legend in the 1988 film. He will be joined by two other actors from the popular series “The Office” Brian Baumgartner and Andy Buckley in the .

Golf Media personalities Brian Katek, Micheal Collins, Ann Liguori, Lauren Thompson and Will Lowrey. will get to show if they can do more than just talk about the game.

Recording artists Jay DeMarcus, George Birge and Chris Lane will both play and sing during the week of the event.

Tournament rounds will again be played at Thornblade Club and the Carolina Country Club on Thursday and Friday.

A cut will be made and the final two rounds will be played at Thornblade.

As part of the activities around the BMW tournament last year the Marshall Tucker Band performed in downtown Spartanburg.. This year the band Diamond Rio will be in concert in Spartanburg on Tuesday of tournament week.

The tournament will again promote a special concert in downtown Spartanburg on Tuesday June 3rd with the band Diamond Rio.

Country Music artist Chris Lane will headline a concert at Bon Secours Arena on Friday night June 8th.

While most of the Korn-Ferry Tour players have tremendous skills, very few have developed a following.

Clemson grad Jacob Bridgeman from Inman was on the leader board for most of last years tournament. Bridgeman is currently 19th on the Korn-Ferry points list. (GolfClub Photo from Gwinn Davis Media).

Local golf fans will have at least one Tour player to support.

Not listed as a celebrity, but will likky have as many fans as any of the celebrities, Inman native and Clemson grad Jacob Bridgman finished last year’s event among the leaders.

This year, as a full time member of the Korn-Ferry Tour, the 2022 ACC Champion has recorded a pair of top-10 finishes and is in the top-20 on the Tour’s point list.

The tournament still has a need for volunteers. Registration information is available at the event website.

Funds raised during the 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am will benefit five featured charities:

Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Roper Mountain Science Center, Cancer Society of Greenville County, Meyer Center for Special Children and Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute.

A complete schedule of all events , both on and off the course is available online at http://www.bmwcharitygolf.com

Categories: Korn-Ferry Tour

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