Ten former Clemson golfers, five of whom were All-Americans, are in the field for the BMW Charity Pro AM to be held this weekend over three courses in the upstate. The main course is at Thornblade Country Club in Greenville and it will have play all four days, Thursday-Sunday. The Reserve in Sunset, SC and Chanticleer Golf Club in Greenville will play host to competition Thursday-Saturday.
The 10 former Clemson golfers in the field are Tommy Biershenk, Brian Duncan, Danny Ellis, Matt Hendrix, Kevin Johnson, Phillip Mollica, Sam Saunders, Ben Martin, Brent Delahoussaye and Stephen Poole. The 10 former Clemson players in the field tie for the most in one tournament in history. Ten former Tigers played in the same event last year.
Duncan was an All-American on Clemson's 2006 team that finished seventh in the nation. Ellis was a three-time All-American between 1990-93, while Hendrix was an All-American in 2003 and 2004 and was a starter on Clemson's 2003 National Championship team. Johnson was a three-time All-American and is the only former Clemson golfer to win four times on the Web.com Tour.
Ben Duncan was an All-American in 2010 and was runner-up at the 2009 US Amateur. Mollica, Martin and Saunders all played on Clemson's 2008 team that finished fifth nationally at the tournament held at Purdue University. Current PGA player Kyle Stanley was also on that team.
The winner of the BMW Charity Pro Am will earn $108,000. Jonathan Byrd (2001) and Charles Warren (2002) are past Clemson golfers to win the BMW Charity Pro Am.
Celebrities also will take part in the tournament that dates to 1993. Among the celebrities are Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell, who will be making his second appearance at the BMW Charity Pro Am.