The Master’s champion is a PCCC alum


The importance of the PGA Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper was magnified again on Sunday, when Patrick Reed became the third PCCC alum to capture the Green Jacket at The Masters.

Reed shot a final-round 71 to earn a one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler on Sunday at Augusta National. Reed finished at 15 under, holding off charges by Fowler (67/14 under) and Jordan Spieth (64/13 under). To get there, Reed, who moved to fifth in the FedExCup standings with the victory, picked up key birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 and made pars on the final four holes, including a delicate two-putt on the 18th hole to win.

The victory was part of a great journey for Reed, who in 2011 played in the PCCC. He tied for 25th that year at Highland Springs Country Club, firing a 14-under par 274 and earning $5,125. That was the year Steve Friesen captured the PCCC.

Zach Johnson, who won the 2007 Masters, played in the PCCC in 2003. Bubba Watson, the 2012 and 2014 Masters champ, played in the PCCC in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Chris DiMarco, who won the 1997 PCCC, finished as The Master’s runner-up in 2005. Stewart Cink, who won the PCCC in 1996, tied for third in 2008.

When he entered The Master’s this past Thursday, Reed was one of 30 Tour alums of the 87 players in the field.

This year’s PCCC is July 20-30, with the pros playing July 26-29 at Highland Springs.


PCCC gifts $76,000 to 22 Ozarks children’s charities

PCCC-Grant Program

The PGA Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper gifted a combined $76,000 to 22 Ozarks children’s charities on Thursday, completing a grant program announced last fall.

Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced the gifting during a presentation ceremony at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales for Price Cutter Supermarkets, and Sharyn Wagoner, Tournament Chair, presented checks to directors of each of the 22 charities.

“The community should feel good about today because, once again, hundreds of children and families in the Ozarks will be impacted in a positive way,” Andrews said. “That’s how this tournament defines success.”

In November, the 2017 Price Cutter tournament had $957,102 available to distribute to 47 charities. At that time, $75,000 of that total was steered toward a grant program in which PCCC charities could participate. Even better, the figure grew by $1,000 after the PGA Tour named the PCCC the winner of the Truck Award, given annually to a tournament that serves as a model for all aspects for a PGA-related event.

Since then, a group of five community members worked alongside Wagoner on the grant program. The tournament received $200,000 in requests. The charities receiving checks Thursday were:

  • Ambassadors for Children
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield
  • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
  • Chances of Stone County
  • Children’s Smile Center
  • Dogwood Ranch
  • Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
  • Fordland Clinic
  • FosterAdopt Connect
  • Freedom’s Rest (formerly Christian County Family Crisis Center)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO
  • O.P.E. Foundation
  • Music Therapy of the Ozarks
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Shriners Hospital Dads
  • Southwest Center for Independent Living
  • Special Olympics Missouri
  • Springfield-Greene County Park Board
  • The Arc of the Ozarks
  • Whetstone Boys Ranch

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 20-30, with the pros playing July 26-29 at Highland Springs Country Club. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 417-887-3400.