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Apr 11, 2017

BMW Charity Pro-Am Selected by PGA TOUR to Test Distance Measuring Devices.

Golfers putting on a green in the distance, surrounded by woods, on a sunny day.

The 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place the week of May 15-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club.

Greenville, S.C. The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be one of only four Tour tournaments to test the use of distance measuring devices during competition, bringing the local tournament into the fold of a potentially historic decision by the PGA TOUR.

“This is a huge announcement and it’s very exciting to be part of something that could ultimately be so significant to professional golfers for years to come,” said Marshall Bettendorf, Tournament Director. “We will be the very first tournament for this test, so all eyes will be upon us.”

The other three Tour tournaments selected to take part in the test are the Rex Hospital Open (May 29-June 4), Rust-Oleum Championship (June 5-11) and Air Capital Classic (June 12-18). The BMW Charity Pro-Am and Rust-Oleum Championship are the only two of the four events to be broadcast on Golf Channel.

After the completion of all three tournaments, the PGA TOUR will seek further evaluation and feedback from each Tour’s Player Advisory Council.

“I’m excited about using lasers during the BMW Charity Pro-Am,” said Kyle Thompson, Tour member and Greenville resident. “We’ve debated for years whether lasers would speed up play, and now we will finally get some answers. I think the amateurs especially will love being able to use them as they do in every round they play.”

The 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place the week of May 15-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club. For complete information, including sponsorship, playing and volunteer opportunities, visit


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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