Play with a pro, thanks to PCCC

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Want to play with a pro? You can in one of the PCCC’s nearly dozen pro-ams:

August 12: Cardinals Care Pro-Am at Buffalo Ridge Golf Course in Branson, 9 a.m.

August 5: Betty & Bobby Allison’s Junior Pro-Am at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, 9 a.m.

August 6: Integrity Home Care Charities Pro-Am at LedgeStone Country Club in Branson, 8 a.m.

August 7: Energy and Education Pro-Am at LedgeStone Country Club, 9 a.m.

August 8: SRC Pro-Am at Highland Springs Country Club, 9 a.m.

August 8: Mercy Pro-Am at Highland Springs Country Club, TBA

August 9: Silver Dollar City Pro-Am at Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, 9 a.m.

August 9: Betty Allison’s Women’s Pro-Am at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club, 9 a.m.

August 10: Price Cutter Pro-Am at Highland Springs Country Club, 7:30 a.m for morning round and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon round

August 15: Ashley HomeStore Pro-Am at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club, 7:30 a.m. for morning round and 1:30 p.m for afternoon round

To sign up, call 417-887-3400.

PCCC: For $25, win this Ford F-150 — or possibly $10,000

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For the first time in its storied history, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is giving away a brand new, Ford F-150 XLT.

The truck – along with a separate $10,000 giveaway – are the grand prizes this year through the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced Tuesday.

Both prizes are available with purchase of a $25 sweepstakes ticket. Because the ticket guarantees entry into the PCCC all four days (Aug. 11-14) at Highland Springs Country Club, it is actually a $40 value.

Even better, every dollar will go to the ticket-buyer’s charity of choice. Winners will be announced after play on “Go Blue for Autism Championship Sunday,” set for Aug. 14 on the 18th green of Highland Springs Country Club. Charities began selling the sweepstakes tickets on Tuesday.

“We had tremendous feedback from our charities about giving away a brand-new truck, and we believe this will be a big selling point throughout the community,” Andrews said.

The tournament is a key stop in the PGA’s Web.com Tour, and many anticipate the Ford 150 XLT will be big hit in the Ozarks. An extended cab, the Ford F-150 XLT offers numerous features, including: air conditioning, heat, AM/FM stereo, halogen headlamps, locking removable tailgate, automatic locks and windows, cruise control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and a rear-window defroster, to name a few. Its roomy interior, especially with a back bench seat, is great for a family.

“I’m actually looking forward to selling a truck,” said Gary Camp, a member of Springfield Advocates for Youth who sold the winning ticket for the Ford Mustang last year. “They contacted the top 10 sellers this winter, and I encouraged it. Over the years, I’ve heard, ‘If you’re selling a truck, I would have bought a ticket.’ It’s a farmer area. And even people who don’t live on the farm drive trucks.”

With the purchase of a TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket, the buyer also is entered to win one of 500 daily prizes during the PCCC. Winners of daily prizes are still eligible to win the two grand prizes.

The sweepstakes are a key portion of the tournament’s overall haul annually, with the potential to generate $200,000. A year ago, the tournament gifted more than $900,000 to local children’s charities, bringing its 26-year total to just shy of $13 million.

For tickets, call 417-887-3400.