Twenty-four celebrities have committed for the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament May 17-20. The announcement was made today as Oobe, a tournament sponsor, presented a check for $60,000 to the tournament at Greer’s Thornblade Club.
Celebrities included are first-time participants: actor Anthony Anderson of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama “Law & Order”, Rascal Flatts bass guitarist Jay DeMarcus, actor Danny Masterson of TBS’s “That ‘70s Show”, actor Grant Show of FOX’s “Melrose Place”, and Holly Sonders, host of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”.
Easley resident and Furman University graduate Daniel Bowden, and Clemson University graduate and Mt. Pleasant resident Brian Duncan, beat out 23 other pros today at Thornblade Club in Greer to win two professional exemptions in the 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am. But it didn’t come after 18 holes.
Bowden, Duncan and Anderson resident and USC Upstate alum Mike Lawrence, Jr. all finished 18 holes of regulation play at -3 under par 68. A sudden death playoff was needed to decide the winners, with Bowden and Duncan earning the exemptions and Lawrence, Jr. being named first alternate. Ironically, Bowden and Lawrence, Jr. were high school teammates at Easley High School.
The BMW X5 SAV, manufactured in Greer at the BMW Manufacturing Co. was the best performing vehicle in March sales, announced BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and Mini combined). X5 sales were up 41.3 percent to 2,841 vehicles.
That led March sales of 29,806 vehicles, an increase of 13 percent from the 26,382 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group achieved its best first quarter sales since the record year of 2007 retailing 75,729 vehicles, up 16.6 percent compared to 64,957 vehicles sold in the first three months of 2011.