The lineup of celebrities participating in this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament presented by SYNNEX Corporation has been unveiled, featuring both tournament veterans and newcomers.
This year’s tournament, set to take place June 10-13 at the Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Valley, will mark the 20th year of tournament play and the first event since COVID-19 derailed the 2020 edition.
“One thing I would say is that we were preparing a great lineup last year and then we had to cancel until this year’s tournament, and a number of them have stayed with us,” said Max Metcalfe, board member of South Carolina Charities and BMW Manufacturing’s manager of government and community relations. “I think that continues to speak volumes not just about the quality of the event but also just the interest in this format.”
The celebrity lineup includes actors, comedians, professional and Olympic athletes, musicians and television and radio personalities.
- Professional boxer Canelo Alvarez
- Comedian Cedric the Entertainer
- Former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens
- Former MLB outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
- PGA TOUR radio personality Brian Katrek
- World Long Drive competitor Troy Mullins
- Rock singer Jason Scheff of the band “Chicago”
- Golf Channel personality Lauren Thompson
- Former MLB pitcher David Wells
- Professional NHL defenseman James Wisniewski
Returning celebrities include:
- Actor Anthony Anderson of “Black-ish” and “Kangaroo Jack”
- Actor Brian Baumgarter who played the role of Kevin in “The Office”
- Comedian Larry the Cable Guy
- ESPN golf analyst Michael Collins
- Country musician Jay DeMarcus of the band “Rascal Flats”
- Olympic curler and gold medalist Matt Hamilton
- Sports radio and television personality Ann Liguori
- Actor Michael Pena of “Ant Man” and “Narcos: Mexico”
- Actor Shep Rose of “Southern Charm”
- Former NFL wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Sterling Sharpe
- MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith
Tickets are open to the public but the number of tickets available will be limited to about 7,500 a day, MetCalfe said, or roughly 25% fewer tickets than 2019.
“We sure expect to have a sellout,” he said.
Some COVID-19 precautionary measures will remain in place, including touchless tickets using QR codes, sanitation stations and mandated mask-wearing in certain settings in order for the event to be in compliance with Korn Ferry Tour guidelines.
Metcalfe said fans will likely have just as much access to the tournament participants as in pre-COVID years.
“I mean, obviously that’s up to the pro golfers or celebrities but we’re working with all them on that,” Metcalfe said. “They know that’s a big part of why we’re here, the fans coming out that want to see their favorite former Major League baseball player or their favorite actor or musician. They know that, but we’ll do what precautions need to be taken.”
A full schedule of events will be made available during the week of the tournament that begins on June 7, according to the organizers.
The funds from this year’s tournament will benefit six charities: Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Roper Mountain Science Center, Cliffs Residents Outreach, Cancer Society of Greenville County, Meyer Center for Special Children and Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute.