Aaron Rodgers, Chipper Jones headline celebrity list for BMW golf – Greenville News
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones headline a list of 24 celebrities set to play in the upcoming Web.com Tour’s 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
The tournament will be held May 18-21 at three Upstate courses, Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae and the Furman University Golf Club.
Tournament director Marshall Bettendorf announced the celebrity commitments Thursday morning.
Rodgers, a six-time Pro Bowler, led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season and has been named the league’s Most Valuable Player twice.
Jones was the No. 1 overall pick by the Braves in 1990 and spent his entire 23-year pro career with the organization, including a 67-game stint with the Greenville Braves in 1992, during which he batted .367. He retired in 2012 with a .303 career average and 468 home runs.
It will be the first appearance for both Rodgers and Jones at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
In addition to Jones, the celebrity roster also includes five other former professional baseball players – Jose Alvarez, Josh Beckett, Paul O’Neill, Russ Ortiz and Tim Wakefield.
FOX Sports broadcaster Tim Brando also is scheduled to play, as is former speed-skater Dan Jansen, who won a gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
The celebrity field also will include actors Chris Barron, Andy Buckley, Carmine Giovinazzo, Richard Karn, John O’Hurley, Alfonso Ribeiro, Gary Valentine and Emmy Award-winning producer Justin Wheelon.
The musicians’ lineup will include Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, country artists Colt Ford and Steve Azar, and Preston Pohl, a 2013 contestant on The Voice.
There also should be no shortage of comic relief during tournament week, what with Larry the Cable Guy and stand-up comedian and voice-over actor Scott Henry on board.
Fashion designer Lisa O’Hurley will complete the celebrity field.
“Tournament week is going to once again be packed with sport and entertainment,” said Bob Nitto, president of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Musicians in the Pro-Am will combine to present a free Celebrity Concert on Main after the first round of the tournament on May 18. The jam session will be held 6-10 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Greenville.
A private, ticketed concert with $250 tickets will be held May 19 and includes a menu by Larkin’s on the River and beverages. Tickets may be purchased by calling 864-517-2383.