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Changes coming to BMW charity golf tournament

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The Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Valley will return as the host courses for the 2019 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp., which will feature a new format for the event June 3-9.

Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Communities have agreed to five-year extensions to host the event through 2023, according to a news release.

Starting this year, the tournament format will be modified to feature an amateur and celebrity cut at the conclusion of 36 holes after all contestants in the field complete 18 holes on both Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Valley. Following the cut, the remaining amateur and celebrity teams, as well as professionals who make the cut in the tournament proper, will play the third round on Thornblade, the release said.

The fourth and final round, to be contested at Thornblade, will solely feature professionals after the field is cut to the low 65 and ties. The two-course setup mirrors the tournament’s origins from 2001 through 2004, when The Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards hosted the event.

To accommodate the two-course format, the professional and amateur fields will be reduced from 168 players to 160 players, the release said.

Since 2001, the tournament and has donated more than $13 million to charities across the Upstate, the release said.

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