Page Overview: BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Announces Celebrity Rotations for 2017 Tournament
May 11, 2017

BMW Charity Pro-Am Announces Celebrity Rotations for 2017 Tournament.

Golfers playing through on a pond-side green surrounded by sand traps at Thornblade Country Club.

On Sunday, the ten lowest scoring pro-amateur teams and six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams will advance to play in the final round at Thornblade Club.

Greenville, S.C. Super Bowl® hero Aaron Rodgers, baseball legend Chipper Jones and America’s Funniest Home Videos host Alfonso Ribeiro are among the familiar faces set to tee off at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation May 18-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club. Today, tournament officials announced course rotation for the celebrities:

Furman – Thursday; The Preserve – Friday; Thornblade – Saturday: Josh Beckett (former MLB player); Tim Brando (FOX Sports broadcaster); Andy Buckley (actor, Odd Mom Out); Larry the Cable Guy (comedian); Michael Collins (ESPN golf analyst); John O’ Hurley (actor, Seinfeld); Lisa O’ Hurley (Fashion Designer); Paul O’Neill (former Major League Baseball player);  Alfonso Ribeiro (host, America’s Funniest Home Videos); Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

The Preserve – Thursday; Thornblade – Friday; Furman – Saturday: Jonathan Banks (actor, Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul); Mark Bryan (Hootie and The Blowfish); Chandler Catanzaro (New York Jets); Carmine Giovinazzo (actor, CSI:NY); Scott Henry (comedian); Chipper Jones (former MLB player); Richard Karn (actor, Home Improvement); Russ Ortiz (former MLB player); Paula Trickey (actress/Pacific Blue); Tim Wakefield (former MLB player); Justin Wheelon (Emmy® Award-winning producer)

Thornblade – Thursday; Furman – Friday; The Preserve – Saturday: Kim Alexis (actress/model); Jose Alvarez (former MLB player); Steve Azar (country music artist); Chris Barron (Spin Doctors); Dean Felber (Hootie and The Blowfish); Colt Ford (country music artist); Dan Jansen (Olympian); Preston Pohl (The Voice); Gary Valentine (actor/Kevin Can Wait)

Alexis, Banks, Collins, Felber and Trickey are updates to the original celebrity roster, which was first announced on April 20.

On Sunday, the ten lowest scoring pro-amateur teams and six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams will advance to play in the final round at Thornblade Club.

“Many of the celebrities are happy to sign an autograph or take a quick selfie with fans, but it’s safe to assume they will only have a moment,” said McIntyre Hargrove, Communications Manager. “Have your pen in hand or your camera all set to snap the photo as soon as you say ‘hello.’ It’s also very important for fans to understand that tournament play cannot be interrupted, so you will need to catch your favorite celebrity as they are exiting the course after they’ve finished for the day.”

In addition to the list of “who’s who” of actors, artists and athletes, the tournament brings other activities to the Upstate as well, including:

The inaugural Executive Women’s Day will take place on Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at Furman University’s Trone Student Center. The event will include a panel discussion for women, by women. Keynote speaker for the event will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run. Tickets for that event are available through Linda Johnson, Director of Sales (864.517.2383;

On Thursday, May 18 select musical talent participating in the tournament will entertain the masses at a FREE Celebrity Concert on Main after play concludes. The jam session will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Greenville, and will feature a performance by local favorites Back 9 as well as a stand-up comedy routine by Larry the Cable Guy.

On Friday, May 19 a private ticketed concert ($250) will feature a performance by Grammy®-nominated band the Spin Doctors. The Concert Party is an exclusive evening which will include a menu by Larkin’s on the River and beverages. Tickets may be purchased through South Carolina Charities Director of Sales, Linda Johnson (864.517.2383;

On Saturday, May 20 patrons are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Pink on the Links presented by Greenville Health System will be observed at all courses.


The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 10 lowest scoring pro-amateur teams, six lowest scoring pro-celebrity teams and the lowest 65 pros (and ties) advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club.


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