Sim captures BMW Pro-Am; Second place finishers donate to Foothills Hospice

Published 4:37 pm Thursday, May 21, 2009

Michael Sim broke 70 in all four rounds to capture the ninth-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament held at Bright&39;s Creek Golf Club in Polk County, Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club.

The win was the second this year for the Perth, Australia native, who finished the tournament at ‐22 under par (68, 65, 62, 69), beating Fabian Gomez by one stroke on the first hole of a playoff. Sim and Gomez finished regulation play, in the rain, tied at -22 under par, forcing a sudden death playoff.

Sim is on fire this year, scoring two wins (Stone Brae Classic is Hayward, Calif.; BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C.), a second-place (Athens Regional in Athens, Ga.), a third-place (Moonah Classic outside of Melbourne, Australia) and a fourth-place finish (HSBC New Zealand PGA in Christchurch) in the first nine Nationwide Tour events played this year.

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Sim is also on record pace to earn the most money of any Nationwide Tour player in history. Today&squo;s win earned Sim $126,000, strengthening his spot on top of the Nationwide Tour money list. Sim has earned a total of $367,417 so far this year, $210,000 more than second-place Garth Mulroy. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2010.

Sim is the second Australian to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Nick Flanagan, the first Australian winner of the BMW Charity Pro-Am in 2007, shares a home with Sim in Scottsdale, Ariz. Flanagan is also the last player on the Nationwide Tour to receive an in-season, automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR by winning three Nationwide Tour events. Sim will receive an automatic promotion with one more win.

R&B singer/songwriter Javier Colon and his professional partner Michael Sim won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -47 under par. He and Sim donated their $10,000 winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and his professional partner Kyle Thompson, and Bob Smith and his professional partner Bradley Iles finished tied for second place.

Rogers and Thompson donated their $6,000 to Friends of the Guardian ad Litem of Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Smith and Iles donated their $6,000 to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Complete scoring can be found on the tournament&squo;s website at by clicking on the &dquo;Leaderboard&dquo; feature box.