Kring-led team wins Integrity Pro-Am, earns TPC Sawgrass invite

Integrity Pro-Am winners
Integrity Pro-Am winners

BRANSON – The A-Plus Payroll team, featuring pro golfer and 2008 Central High School graduate Kevin Kring, captured the Integrity Pro-Am championship on Saturday at LedgeStone Country Club.

The group featured Brian Weimer, Jack Dixon, Mark Bybee and Adam Lotz and finished with a 50 in the four-man scramble of 28 teams. They also won an invitation to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Golf Scramble at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.

Kring, by the way, is playing on an exemption next week in the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. He is one of four players in the Tour event receiving an exemption.

Central Bank of the Ozarks placed second with a 55, earning the place on a scorecard tiebreaker. With Mark Anderson as its pro golfer, the team featured Russ Marquart, Matt Gifford, Mark Walterskir and James Richiert.

Third place went to the Barker, Phillips, Jackson team of Sean McQueary, Rob Haik, Larry Smith and Justin French. Their pro was Bob Jacobson.

The pro-am is among a dozen pro-ams that benefit the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, the PGA Tour’s annual Tour stop at Highland Springs Country Club. The tournament is this Thursday through Sunday. For tickets, call 417-887-3400.

Integrity Pro-Am

Part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Saturday, Aug. 8 at LedgeStone Country Club, Branson

First: A-Plus Payroll (50) — Kevin Kring, pro; Brian Weimer, Jack Dixon, Mark Bybee, Adam Lotz

Second: Central Bank of the Ozarks (55) — Mark Anderson, pro; Russ Marquart, Mark Walterskir, James Richiert, Matt Gifford

Third: Barker, Phillips, Jackson (55) — Bob Jacobson, pro; Sean McQueary, Rob Haik, Larry Smith, Justin French

Kick up your heels! Free country music concert Aug. 15


Mark your calendars — a free country music concert is headed to Springfield on Saturday, Aug. 15 thanks to Price Cutter Supermarkets and Kretschmar.

Up-and-coming country stars SmithField along with Georgia native Alex Hall will perform free night-time shows following the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, Tournament Director Jerald Andrews announced on Friday. The news follows several weeks of talks with Price Cutter Supermarkets and Kretschmar, known for premium deli meats and Wisconsin cheeses.

The two-hour party begins at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive. Plenty of parking is available in an adjacent field next to Highland Springs Country Club. Beer and concessions will be available for purchase.

“We are delighted to deliver a free music concert for all of the Ozarks and invite everybody out – not only for Saturday night but all weekend as we play host to the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper,” Andrews said. “The tournament has enjoyed a nice history of Saturday night concerts, and this brings the idea to life once again.”

The PCCC is the PGA Tour’s annual Tour stop, which this year is set for Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club. This year marks the 26th annual championship, and fundraising for local children’s charities will easily surpass the $12 million mark. A year ago, the championship gifted a record $1 million-plus to charities.

SmithField, comprised of two talented and ambitious singer/songwriters from Texas, has taken Nashville by storm. They’ve proved that they belong in Music City with some of the best musical talent in the world. The duo’s is Jennifer and Trey, and their surnames make up their traveling name.

Alex Hall, raised in Gainesville, Ga., describes his music as country with a rockin’ edge, but like his musical influences – Elvis Presley, Jason Aldean and Johnny Cash – his music does not fit neatly into one category. He writes songs about life growing up in the South and the family his parents have raised him to love.

The Saturday concert will come hours after an event in which PCCC spectators could win $50,000. The Missouri Golf Association’s Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Contest is scheduled for roughly 4 p.m. Saturday, or after the pros finish. Whoever wins the finals of that event, with a hole in one, takes home the prize.

Tickets and sponsorships for the PCCC remain available as well. Call 417-887-3400.