2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am starts tomorrow

Published 9:58 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bright’s Creek one of host golf courses
Bright’s Creek golf community in Mill Spring will be one of the host sites for the 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Presented by SYNNEX Corporation, the tournament will take place from Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22 and is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. The other two host sites are Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., and Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.
Recognized as one of “Ten Courses to Watch” internationally by “Golf Magazine,” the 7,435-yard Tom Fazio designed golf course at Bright’s Creek has hosted the tournament in the past.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with professional golfers in a “better-ball” match that spans three-courses in the Carolinas.
Celebrities scheduled to play in the 2011 tournament include Wayne Gretzky and his wife, Janet, Javier Colon, Colt Ford, Lucas Black, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Jeffrey Donovan, Don Felder, Bruce Greenwood, Oliver Hudson, Josh Kelley, Greg Kinnear, Cheech Marin, Rob Morrow, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Pesci, Joe Don Rooney, Kevin Sorbo, Danny Sullivan, Gary Valentine, Patrick Warburton and Luke Wilson.
As part of the four-day event, Bright’s Creek’s future new owners Alexander Salgado and Gabrielle Barragan have commissioned Tim Rogerson, an acclaimed Disney-inspired artist, to paint an original oil painting exclusively for the community entitled “Mickey’s Retreat at Bright’s Creek.”
The unveiling of the signature painting will take place at the Bright’s Creek Clubhouse on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Signed canvases will be available for purchase by both community members and tournament guests and a portion of the sales proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
“We’re honored that Bright’s Creek is hosting the BMW Pro-Am Golf Tournament again this year,” says Alexander Salgado, co-owner of Protex Investment Group, the real estate company set to purchase Bright’s Creek in early July. “Having such a talented and eclectic group of individuals on the property is always exciting, but it’s truly something special when so many charitable organizations benefit.”
Co-owner Gabrielle Barragan shares her husband’s enthusiasm. “The energy and passion of the BMW Pro-Am has been palpable here all week. And what better way to capture the magic and mythic beauty of this place than with one of Tim’s original oil paintings. [These are] just a few of the many exciting events that will be taking place at Bright’s Creek in the months and years to come.”
– article submitted by Carlos Munoz, Bright’s Creek team

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