PCCC gifts more than $905,000 to 45 Ozarks children’s charities

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The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a key part of the PGA’s Web.com Tour, is showing its enormous strength yet again by gifting more than $905,000 to 45 Ozarks children’s charities.

President and Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced the gifting during the Celebration of Sharing presented by The McQueary Family on Tuesday at Highland Springs Country Club. The total distributed from this past summer’s event is $905,339, the second-highest total in the tournament’s 27-year history, and boosts the tournament’s overall total to $13,712,247.

New Web.com Tour president Dan Glod spoke at the Celebration of Sharing.
New Web.com Tour president Dan Glod spoke at the Celebration of Sharing.

“The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is a community-wide effort, and we applaud everyone who is helping us reach our children here in the Ozarks,” Andrews said. “We thank so many individuals and sponsors, including the Hammons Foundation, the Web.com Tour and Price Cutter Supermarkets, for making the tournament a huge force in the Ozarks.”

In attendance Tuesday were Hammons Foundation President and CEO Jacquie Dowdy and new Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. The Hammons Foundation has held the Web.com Tour contract since the tournament’s inception in 1990 and pays the tournament purse every year. As the title sponsor of the Tour, Web.com is in the fourth year of a 10-year agreement with the PGA Tour.

“This tournament is the gold standard on the Web.com Tour,” Glod told the crowd. “Thank you to everyone here and in the community, the mission of the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour is to deliver as much money as we can to charities. And you are the leaders in the clubhouse.”

The PCCC is one of only four original Web.com Tour stops dating to the tour’s inaugural 1990 season, and the tournament continues to reach milestones. For instance, Price Cutter Supermarkets recently exercised its 2017 option as a presenting sponsor. The tournament and Price Cutter Supermarkets are in talks for a new contract that will take the PCCC itself to a 30th year. Of the monies gifted to charities in PCCC history, 90.5 percent has been given since Price Cutter Supermarkets joined the effort.

“We are honored and very blessed to be able to do this,” said Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales and Merchandising for Price Cutter Supermarkets. “We love how it gives back to the community. We love how the money stays local and benefits the children’s charities around the area. We thank everyone for their participation.”

A total of 429 individuals or entities were involved in some level of sponsorship this year.

“We are proud to be a longtime partner with the Price Cutter Charity Championship,” said Mark Stahlman, General Manager of Highland Springs Country Club. “We especially take pride in the fact that we are one of only two courses that has hosted the tour for all 27 years of its existence.”

“At Great Southern Bank, we firmly believe we are only as strong as the community we serve,” said Christi Gibson, Community Development and Relations Manager. “The Price Cutter Charity Championship is a win-win for our community and we are pleased to continue our support. We look forward to another fun, successful event in 2017!”

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The teamwork of local businesses is a key factor in the PCCC’s success, said Russ Marquart, President and CEO of Central Bank/Central Trust. “Without this cooperative spirit, the tournament would not be as fun or successful for all involved – this is what makes this tournament stand out in the Web.com Tour,” Marquart said. “As the event has grown, so has our corporate donation and support. But we feel it is not just a donation but an investment in the community and children’s lives. They are our future and are much deserving of this investment.”

Directors of charities expressed appreciation for the PCCC’s efforts and monies.

“The impact that the Price Cutter Charity Championship has had on our organization is one that we will forever be grateful for,” said Mary Beth Hankins, Family Services Officer for the H.O.P.E Foundation, which covers monthly home bills for families whose infants and children suddenly require hospital emergencies. “Our mission is to help families by giving them hope when they need it the most. We have increased our ability to help these families by 75% since our involvement with the tournament. That means that there are less families stressing over utility bills and mortgage payments, and more families focusing on helping their children heal. There is no real way for us to say thank you enough for that.”

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board also offered a thank-you. Since 2008, it has used tournament monies for more than 6,000 scholarships for county youths.

“The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has been involved with the Price Cutter Charity Championship for over 16 years,” said Anne-Mary McGrath of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. “The Park Board offers scholarships for youth to participate in sports, summer camp and other programs designed to build skills and confidence while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

This year marked the 17th that Ambassadors for Children has teamed with the PCCC.

“The impact this tournament has made on our program has been immeasurable,” said Denee Fay, Director of Ambassadors for Children. We anticipate setting our ninth consecutive overall service record at the end of this calendar year. As we consider our agency growth year after year, we recognize this growth was made possible through the support and awareness we receive from the Price Cutter Charity Championship.”

Tournament Announcements

  • Janet Sterling was named the Judy Weekley Volunteer of the Year. The award is named in honor of a longtime PCCC volunteer. Janet, who has worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for years, is in charge of recruiting, scheduling and supervising the Environmental Services Committee, which handles the thankless job of trash disposal all over Highland Springs Country Club.
  • Andrews announced next year’s tournament dates & theme. Activities begin August 4, with the pros playing August 10-13 at Highland Springs Country Club. Next year’s tournament will be patriotic in red, white and blue, with a theme of this:

United

We Stand For Kids

Charity. Community. PGA Web.com Tour

  • The PCCC’s 2016 champion, Mackenzie Hughes, already is off to great start on the PGA Tour. He won the RCM Classic last week in Sea Island, Ga. He was among 30 Web.com Tour players who competed in our tournament in August and later earned a PGA Tour card for next season.
  • Advertising Plus will be a lead sponsor in 2017. The company supported the tournament for years under the ownership of Michele Kiser, who passed away in 2015, and continues to do so under the direction of her husband, Marc.

 

 

 

PCCC’ 2016 champ wins on PGA Tour

Courtesy of the Web.com Tour:

Golf is the funniest of games, and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes’ rise from the brink of Q-School to PGA TOUR winner in the span of five months is the latest example of the sport’s fickleness.

Hughes, who captured the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in August, won The RSM Classic on the PGA TOUR in five-man playoff early Monday morning from Sea Island, Georgia.

The Canadian, who turns 26 on November 23, had a chance to win late Sunday but his birdie try slid just by (in the dark). He, along with Camilo Villegas, Blayne Barber and Henrik Norlander then returned to the par-3 17th Monday morning. All four hit less-than-stellar tee shots, leaving each with tough chips.

Hughes then nailed a 15-foot par putt from off the green, while the par-saving tries of Villegas, Barber and Norlander all missed.

It was the native of Dundas, Ontario’s ninth PGA TOUR event, and just fifth as a TOUR member after finishing in The 25 this year on the Web.com Tour.

But ask Hughes about his 2016, and, although it ended in jubilation both on the course and off (he married his longtime girlfriend Jenna Shaw on October 22 at a picturesque plantation in North Carolina), it started with questions about whether or not he would even make it through one of the Web.com Tour reshuffles.

“I was in the Monday qualifier for the LECOM Health Challenge and I missed the Monday by a few shots, then ended up getting in the next day on my number. It was a like a second chance on life there,” he said. “That was really the finish that propelled me to where we are today (he finished tied for fifth). Without that tournament, without getting in that week, who knows where I am right now. I might be back at Q-School. It’s pretty crazy to think that that’s where I was and here’s where I am now.”

Hughes missed only one cut for the rest of the Web.com Tour season after that finish, and notched his first Web.com Tour victory a few weeks later by a shot over Richy Werenski, essentially locking up his PGA TOUR card.

He had only made five cuts up to that point in the schedule and was really thinking about what his future might entail, knowing that his wedding was imminent.

It was also his second time around the Web.com Tour schedule, after capturing the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada’s money list title in 2013 and earning full status on Tour. He struggled, though, admitting he was overwhelmed by the stage.

“There was a bigger schedule, more demanding, (more travel), this and that,” he explained. “It was a big growing year for me, and then when I got back out there again this year, I kind of had a sense of knowing what to do and where to go.”

Thanks to a tie for fifth at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco during the Web.com Tour Finals, there was no doubt Hughes was going to be able to secure spots in some of the early events during the 2016-17 TOUR season.

He kick-started his year with a bang, finishing tied for 13th at the Safeway Open, which gave him the confidence he needed for this week in Sea Island.

Napa gave me a bunch of confidence because I didn’t feel like I played my absolute best.  But I finished 13th there, and I was only five away from Brendan Steele’s winning mark at 18 under. So that gave me some confidence just to tell me that if I’m just a bit sharper, if I’m a bit cleaner and I have my week with the putter, I can win out here,” he stated. “So I believed that leaving Napa, I believed that I could win out here, which is huge. That’s half the battle to winning out here, is just believing you can.

“That week in Napa was probably equally as big as the fifth-place finish I had in New York at the LECOM Health Challenge,” Hughes continued.

Hughes, who received ‘good luck’ wishes from Mike Weir, will join his countryman at Augusta National next April, as, along with the winner’s check in excess of $1 million, he also received an invite to the first major of next year.

“Augusta is where I’ve dreamed of playing since I was a teenager,” said Hughes, who visited the course in 2010 and 2011 for practice rounds. “I told myself I would never go back until I was playing.  So I’m excited to go, drive down Magnolia Lane and give it a shot down there.”

From grinding on the road of the Web.com Tour, to driving down the road to one of the world’s most iconic golf courses, Hughes’ journey is just another unique one in the world of golf.