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South Carolina Charities, Inc. Announces 2022 BMW Charity Pro-Am Host Courses

Nov 30, 2021 04:39PM ● By David Dykes

South Carolina Charities, Inc., the nonprofit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD SYNNEX, announced that 2022 tournament play will return to Thornblade Club in Greer and expand to The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg. 

The tournament, June 6-12, will continue as the only golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Korn Ferry professionals in a three-day better-ball competition over two golf courses.

Thornblade Club’s Tom Fazio designed course is returning as a BMW Charity Pro-Am host location.

The Carolina Country Club boasts a Tom Jackson-designed championship course that stretches over 7,000 yards and offers six sets of tees to challenge golfers of all skill levels. The course meanders through a natural setting that brings streams and a signature lake into play on several holes.

“The Carolina Country Club is thrilled to be a host course of the 2022 BMW Charity Pro-Am,” said owner Tim Dunlap. “The tournament’s history of community involvement and charitable giving strongly aligns with our club’s mission.”

As the tournament expands to The Carolina Country Club, South Carolina Charities is working with a number of Spartanburg-based organizations in addition to partnerships already established across the Upstate, including OneSpartanburg, Inc. 

Said OneSpartanburg, Inc. President and CEO Allen Smith: “The BMW Charity Pro-Am’s return to a Spartanburg golf course is another marker of our community’s steep and nationally recognized business, economic and tourism growth. 

"Our community is grateful for the tournament’s longstanding support of local charities, and we look forward to working with tournament officials and other regional partners to make this the best tournament yet.”

As the BMW Charity Pro-Am prepares for its 21st year of tournament play, South Carolina Charities also welcomed two new board members: Sky Foster and Davis Sezna. 

A recognized leader in the manufacturing industry and the Upstate, Foster joins the board after nearly 30 years with BMW Manufacturing. 

Sezna brings over 40 years of experience in golf and hospitality management to the board after spending decades working to develop and reinvent hospitality concepts across the U.S.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sky and Davis to our board and are confident that their contributions will very positively impact the BMW Charity Pro-Am,” said Bob Nitto, President of South Carolina Charities. “Our return to Thornblade Club and expansion to The Carolina Country Club also positions us for great success. We look forward to working with these two premier clubs as we grow our brand and expand our efforts to give back.”

The BMW Charity Pro-Am will continue its tradition of supporting the philanthropic missions of nonprofit organizations in Upstate South Carolina, building on the more than $14.3 million raised since tournament inception. 

In 2022, the tournament will also continue to enhance its Sustainability Program, which launched last year and is helping set the precedent for sustainable sporting activities in the Upstate.

Since 2001, the tournament has distributed more than $14.3 million to numerous Upstate SC nonprofit organizations, part of the PGA TOUR’s more than $3 billion raised for charity.