The PGA Web.com Tour’s 28th Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper teed off Thursday morning as an honor guard from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office marched the U.S. and Missouri flags to the No. 1 tee box. (Check out the video!)
Call it a perfect way to showcase the patriotic theme of this year’s tournament – United We Stand for Kids * Charity * Community * PGA Web.com Tour – being held through Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club. With more than 400 sponsors on board, the tournament is benefitting 47 Ozarks children’s charities after already gifting $14 million in its history.
Even better, patriotic red, white and blue decorates the course, particularly on the 18th green, site of the Honoring Our Heroes covered tent — covered in traditional bunting.
In the Honoring Our Heroes Program presented by NRoute Enterprises and Emergency Vehicle Outfitters, all military veterans as well as current military, law enforcement, first responders – and their families – receive free admission, free food and drinks, plus seating in the Honoring Our Heroes tent. (Tickets are at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.) Additionally, U.S. flags line the boulevard entrance into the clubhouse, and an Army National Guardsman will man the flag stick on No. 18 during the “Go Blue for Autism” Championship Sunday.
All of which is meaningful to the Honor Guard of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, which consists of Deputies Jon Poulson and Jamin Sackman, Sergeant Steve Martin as well as Corporals Brian Forrester and Randy Foster. Corporal Ronnie Floyd, who heads the PCCC’s security, led the way from the parking lot, down the tunnel and over to the No. 1 tee box.
“It’s quite an honor and very reassuring to see the outpouring of support we get and being invited to an event like this on the national stage,” Poulson said. “It really says a lot about the importance of law enforcement in the community as well as to the military and first responders.”
Honor guards from the Springfield Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and Army National Guard will march the flags Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. in the parking lot near the Volunteer Headquarters.
“It’s a great way to begin the tournament with the presentation of the colors. It gets the day off to the right kind of start,” said Jerald Andrews, Tournament Executive Director who served in the Air Force.
For the Honoring Our Heroes Program, numerous sponsors already have rallied to support the program and, thus, children’s charities. A year ago, the tournament gave 1,400 tickets to military, law enforcement and first responders. That number is expected to increase this year, and a larger tent has been constructed.
Tickets to the tournament are: $10 daily (free Friday tickets available at OakStar Bank, 1020 E. Battlefield Road) as well as $25 for a TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket, which is a four-day grounds pass and enters the buyer a chance to win a 2017 Ford F-150 or $10,000, as well as one of 125 daily prizes valued at least $25. Badges for the Jackson Brothers of the South VIP Ozarks Club Tent (catered food) also are available, along with sponsorships for seating in skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens. Call 417-887-3400 and visit PriceCutterCC.org.
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