Page Overview: BMW Charity Pro-Am Volunteer Registration Officially Opens Today for 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Volunteer Registration Officially Opens Today for 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Two course side volunteers dressed in official golf shirts, hats and wearing lanyards, hold "quiet" and "stop" signs.

Volunteer hours will again be a major source of fundraising for benefiting charities.

Greenville, S.C. Online volunteer registration for the 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation officially opens today, February 1, at Volunteers are needed Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21. Tournament play will take place May 18-21 at Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and Furman University Golf Club.

Volunteer hours will again be a major source of fundraising for benefiting charities, which were announced last week. Volunteers can designate which organization will receive a donation for hours worked, and each charity will receive 100 percent of proceeds generated by their respective ticket sales.

“It takes 1,000 volunteers to run an event of this size,” said Marshall Bettendorf, Tournament Director. “It is because of the excellent work that these volunteers do that the professionals playing in our tournament have voted to honor us with’s Best Player Experience award two years in a row.”

Among the list of 16 organizations selected are five new charities to the tournament: The Blade Jr. Golf Classic, Blue Ridge Council – Boy Scouts of America, Center for Developmental Services, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and The Furman Advantage. Returning charities include: BMW Car Club of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, NCCAA, Project Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, SYNNEX Share the Magic, and Upstate Warrior Solution.

“We are very proud that this tournament serves to assist so many worthwhile groups,” said Bob Nitto, President, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “Organizations that support education, children and resources for the senior community are true pillars of charity in the Upstate, and we feel very good about focusing on supporting those valuable philanthropic efforts.”

The Charity Cup is returning for the second year as a third source to generate donations.  Each celebrity player will be paired with a charity and will champion online pledges for his or her designated charitable tournament partner, as well as the celebrity’s personal official charity. Pledges are based on the total number of holes played.

“Actor Alfonso Ribeiro was our partner last year, which added another fun element to our participation in the tournament,” said Tracy McReynolds, Donor Development, Greenville Shriners Hospital. “He visited our hospital, and a great social media piece resulted from the time he spent with our kids. We are excited for the awareness and additional donations this element brings.”

Tournament partner charities received $676,252 in 2016, with total donations since the tournament’s inception in 2001 exceeding $12 million. For sponsorship and playing opportunities contact Linda Johnson at or 864.517.2383.


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. 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.


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