When Melissa Green of Nixa spotted a free event listed on Facebook recently, she figured she would pile her three kids in the car and check it out.
It was better than advertised, Green said in so many words Friday of the Kids’ Fun Day and Junior Golf Clinic presented by the Missouri Golf Association at Highland Springs Country Club.
The event, with BluCurrent Credit Union and GOAT Events also on board as sponsors, was part of the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, which is set for July 25-28 at Highland Springs.
Friday’s fun drew nearly 200 children from across the Springfield area – and was a perfect fit for many families on tight budgets.
After all, GOAT Events provided inflatables and other games. A face-painter and a fire engine from the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department also were on hand, all before a nearly 90-minute golf clinic led by Brian Maloney, the Director of Golf at Highland Springs Country Club.
“They are enjoying golf this year,” Green said of her boys, Preston and McCord. She also brought her daughter, Ryann. “We’re getting them out there as much as possible.”
Taylor Frederich, who runs Sponsor Development for the PCCC and organized the event, expressed appreciation for the sponsors and the families who made Friday a success.
“This is one of the opportunities of the tournament to reach out to the youth of the community,” Frederich said. “We take great pride in making sure that the kids remain involved in the tournament. After all, the tournament is aimed at the local youth charities.”
The Ozark Parks and Recreation Department brought two bus loads of campers – 39 kids total, said Coral Mansker, a counselor with the department.
“We start planning in April,” Mansker said. “Here, they just get to run around, have fun and bi kids. They like being outside, so that’s a plus.”
Monica Horton brought her daughter, Ari’el, for a third consecutive year.
“It’s a kids even and it’s fun for kids,” Horton said. “They enjoy it since summer is out.”