Celebrities Steal Spotlight in South Carolina

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The Nationwide Tour once again rolls into Greenville, S.C., for one of the most anticapted events of the year - the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs.
 
This is the only event on the Tour that pairs players with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day better-ball competition, and the list of celebrities is quite impressive.
 
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner celebrates a birdie putt in last years BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs.
Golf legend Gary Player is again in the field and will be joined by other sports celebrities such as Wayne Gretzky, former NFL quarterback Brian Griese, former NBA player Brad Daugherty and new University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier.
 
Headlining from the entertainment industry, are 'Tin Cup' star Kevin Costner and his sidekick Cheech Marin. Also set to tee it up are actor Kurt Russell and John O'Hurley from Seinfeld fame. Former vice-president Dan Quayle and The Golf Channel's very own Jennifer Mills are also in the mix.
 
Aussie Steven Bowditch returns to the tour for the first time since his victory and runner-up finish while the tour was making its run through Australia and New Zealand. He still leads the tour's money list, but is coming off a missed cut in the European Tour's Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing, China.
 
Virginia Beach winner Troy Matteson looks to make it back-to-back titles after his impressive victory this past week. A sophomore on tour and Georgia Tech alum, Matteson climbed into the fourth spot on the money list with the $81,000 winner's check.
 
'This is a big step for me because I haven't won professionally,' said Matteson, who has earned $122,580 so far in 2005. 'This gets me into the brotherhood of professional golfers. It's important because this is just my second year out here and I think it solidifies that I'm in this peer group.'
 
The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $112,500 from a total purse of $625,000. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel beginning Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
 
The tournament will be played for the fifth straight year at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, in northern South Carolina.
 
The event has been very good to the local talent as three of the previous four winners playing in this event have come from either North or South Carolina -- Jonathan Byrd (2001), Charles Warren (2002) and Tripp Isenhour (2003).
 
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