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Upstate clinches BMW golf tourney for another 3 years

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Published Nov. 19, 2015

The BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament has signed a deal to keep the event in the Upstate through 2018.

According to tournament officials, BMW and the PGA Tour signed a three-year deal to bring the Web.com event to the area for three more years. Additionally, the 2016 tournament will take place May 19-22, and its host course will be The Preserve at Verdae along with Thornblade Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

“BMW, Synnex and other sponsors participate in the tournament because it provides distinct opportunities for charitable giving,” said Bob Nitto, president of the tournament, in a statement. “As sponsors, we also participate because of the significant economic impact the tournament has on the Upstate community. Events like the BMW Charity Pro-Am tournament naturally enhance our existing day-to-day corporate citizenship and philanthropic activities. It’s great to know that the tournament’s impact will continue for another three years.”

The BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament has raised and distributed nearly $11.5 million to over 200 charities in the last 15 years. The tournament announced it is staying in the U
The BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament has raised and distributed nearly $11.5 million to over 200 charities in the last 15 years. The tournament announced it is staying in the Upstate through 2018. (Photo provided)
 
The tournament has raised and distributed over $11.5 million to more than 200 charities in the last 15 years and a 2013 economic impact study by Clemson University said the tournament generates “total direct spending of $4.712 million, supports 139 jobs, generates net local government revenues of $541,048 and net state revenues of $868,479 and yields $6.744 million in total output and impact.”

The Preserve at Verdae is part of more than 100 acres of development five miles from downtown Greenville. The course is a par-72 course designed by William Byrd and is part of the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center.

“The Web.com Tour has enjoyed an excellent relationship with BMW since they came on board in 2001. BMW, with SYNNEX's support the last six years, has raised the tournament profile and its charitable impact considerably, $759,000 this year alone,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee, in a statement. “We thank both companies for their commitment and support and look forward to continuing to elevate the tournament in the coming years. We would also like to welcome The Preserve at Verdae to the lineup of host courses for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp. I’m sure our players will enjoy competing there.”

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