Price Cutter Charity Championship News & Notes

With the 25th Price Cutter Charity Championship scheduled Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club, we’ll post weekly updates as the Tour makes its way to Springfield.

By the Numbers

13: Weeks until the PCCC’s first scheduled shot off the tee boxes

1,002,862: Amount, in dollars, the PCCC raised for local charities last year, a record

11,906,691: Amount, in dollars, raised in past 25 years

160,102: Amount, in dollars, of the Tour’s leading money winner, Indiana native Patrick Rodgers

Mizzou Tiger Wins in Brazil

Former University of Missouri standout Peter Malnati had his wife, Alicia, caddying for him over the weekend. Good decision.

The 27-year-old Indiana native failed to retain his PGA Tour card in 2014, but he’s already bounced back by winning the Brasil Champions presented by the MSBC at the Sao Paulo Golf Club. On Sunday, he fired a 5-under 66, earning a $153,000 check and moving to No. 2 on the Tour money list after four weeks.

His final day covered four bogeys with nine birdies, including three in a row. Overall, he sank a tournament-best 30 birdies – an encouraging sign considering Malnati made only five cuts in 18 starts last year, after earning his PGA Tour card through the 2013 Tour regular season.

By the way, Malnati bogeyed his first hole Sunday and briefly fell out of the lead. “I told Alicia that we have to stay focused and play one shot at a time,” he told the Tour and finished 22-under par 262.

For more on his story, read here:

Last Year’s PCCC Champion

Everybody probably remembers the improbable finish to last year’s PCCC, when Cameron Percy leapfrogged Michael Kim on the 18th hole to take top honors. Percy earned a PGA Tour card for the victory. He currently ranks 173rd on the PGA Tour after playing in 10 events, making cuts in half the tournaments.

Speaking of Kim

The South Korean has regrouped from last August’s disappointment at the PCCC, where he mistakenly picked up his ball in the rough on No. 18. In turn, he got docked a penalty stroke that ultimately cost him the lead and the tournament win. Kim currently ranks 42nd on the Tour money list and finished 12-under par 272 in Brazil.

Next Stop

After Basil, the Tour heads 1,600 miles southwest to Santiago, Chile for the Chile Classic this weekend at Club de Golf Mapocho, the last stop for the Tour in South America.

Despite Rain, Tournament Giving Nears 11 Million Dollar Mark

2013 marked the 24th anniversary of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. As a result of efforts made by generous sponsors, countless volunteers, community supporters and staff, the John Q. Hammons Foundation distributed monetary gifts to 48 children’s charities in the Ozarks, totaling a cash amount of $819,079.32. The charity distribution took place today during the annual Celebration of Sharing presented by The McQueary Family, at Highland Springs Country Club. Since the tournament’s inception in 1990, the tournament has given away $ 10,903,901 to area children’s charities. All proceeds from the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper stay in the Ozarks!

The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper (PCCC) is a PGA Tour golf tournament on the Tour. The tournament is one of only four of the original tour stops on the original Hogan Tour. The event is played at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, and is the parent to a myriad of related events hosted throughout the Ozarks.

In commenting on the continuing success of the event, “Congratulations to the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper for an outstanding effort on behalf of so many organizations in the Ozarks and throughout Missouri,” said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. “The tournament certainly stands out in its mission of giving back.”

Added Tour president Bill Calfee “After exceeding the $10 million mark in collective tournament proceeds last year, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is off and running toward its next $10 million. The efforts of all the people involved with the Championship, led by Jerald Andrews, are truly impressive.”

Other tournament news announced during the Celebration of Sharing:

  • The dates for the 2014 event were announced. Tournament activities will be held from August 1st – August 11th with the actual tournament being contested August 7th -10th at Highland Springs Country Club.
  • A special emphasis will be placed on the 2014 tournament as it marks our 25th Anniversary. Silver will abound at the event as we celebrate this milestone – silver Corvette, silver Mustang, silver trophies and more.
  • A theme for the 2014 event will be “Make it a Million”. Our goal for charity giving as we close out our 25th year will be to distribute ONE MILLION DOLLARS to area children’s charities. Tournament staff and management are ramping up efforts to make this dream a reality.
  • Denny Peterson was awarded the Judy Weekley Volunteer of the Year Award, an award that is presented each year to a volunteer that exceeds all expectations and goes above and beyond what is asked of them. Denny has been affiliated with the tournament for 21 years. He currently serves as a marshal captain and in the past has handled the inside operations for transportation.
A Sporting Chance—provides sports programs for persons with disabilities. $23,158.00
AIDS Project of the Ozarks—assistance for children and their families affected by AIDS. $6,645.00
Ambassadors for Children—assistance for children in foster families. $14,326.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks—enhancing children’s self-esteem with one on one role models. $17,111.00
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield—services for youth from at-risk circumstances. $18,165.00
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks—providing for non-medical needs for families affected by breast cancer. $20,705.00
Burrell Working Solutions—providing challenging opportunities that are appropriate for a person’s level of skill. $4,385.00
Camp Barnabas—offers childhood experiences for children with disabilities. $11,171.00
Cardinals Care Foundation—benefits area youth through outreach programs and grants. $25,000.00
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks—provides sports competition and training for children and adults with disabilities. $15,447.00
Champions Committed to Kids—partners chronically ill children with area sports teams so that they can feel a part of a team. $7,246.25
Chances of Stone County—to enhance the lives of Stone County residents with developmental disabilities. $9,531.25
Children’s Smile Center—provides primary and preventive dental care and education to low-income children in Stone and Christian Co. $23,135.00
Convoy of Hope—disaster relief and support services to the poor and hurting in communities. $33,088.00
Developmental Center of the Ozarks—provides programs and services for children with special needs. $3,760.00
Fellowship of Christian Athletes—using athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. $59,161.00
Fordland Clinic—Community Health Center—provides access to comprehensive holistic health care. $7,300.00
Habitat for Humanity—working to eliminate sub-standard housing in Greene County. $17,109.41
Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation A—provides golf activities for area youth. $4,850.00
Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation B—provides golf activities for area youth. $6,270.00
H.O.P.E. Foundation—helping overcome pediatric emergencies. $11,815.00
Jordan Valley Health Center—provides medical and dental services to area underprivileged. $4,325.00
K-Life Taney County—provides unconditional friendship for teenagers through activities and events. $6,392.00
Least of These, Inc. Christian County Food Pantry—providing services to the less fortunate in Christian County. $15,934.25
Life’s Journey—helping individuals one on one making a difference in their lives with our team of volunteers and outsourcing partners. $4,400.00
Mercy Kids—providing world class health care to children in southwest Missouri. $88,164.00
Missouri Junior Golf Foundation—provides ongoing opportunities to play and rules and etiquette education for junior golfers. $18,200.00
Missouri State University Foundation—provides tickets to athletic events to area underprivileged youth. $2,550.00
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—programming and services for those suffering from mental illness. $9,090.00
OACAC—provides services and programs to help reduce poverty and promote self-sufficiency in low income families in the area. $13,091.00
Project H.O.P.E.—Interdenominational Christian group providing for the needs of impoverished people. $10,055.00
Rare Breed—Providing a safe environment for at-risk youth while teaching them valuable life skills. $2,000.00
River Street Food Pantry—feeding, equipping, empowering, restoring dreams. $5,625.00
Ronald McDonald House—provides housing, hope and comfort for families of ill and injured children. $45,971.00
Shriners Hospital Dads—provides transportation for families traveling to Shriners hospitals. $32,461.66
Silver Dollar City Foundation—provides funding for Christian programs and services in Stone and Taney Counties $48,900.00
Southwest Center for Independent Living—provides services and social activities for teens with disabilities. $8,005.00
Special Olympics Missouri—SW Area—year round sports training and competition for those with mental disabilities. $17,071.25
Springfield Advocates for Youth—helps at-risk youth get their lives back on track. $14,341.75
Springfield-Greene County Park Board—provides leisure programs and facilities for area youth. $13,538.00
St. Joseph Catholic Academy—providing an educational setting to nurture the essential Gospel values of the Gospel. $15,882.50
St. Jude-Mercy Affiliate—making it possible for children battling cancer to receive exceptional treatment, close to home. $2,000.00
Summit Foundation—inspiring the joy of learning through small class sizes and integrated curriculum. $4,650.00
The Arc of the Ozarks—helping those with disabilities achieve independence. $9,170.00
The First Tee of the Ozarks—providing educational programs to promote character and values through the game of golf. $5,000.00
The Hamels Foundation—dedicated to bringing an end to extreme poverty and hardship endured by lack of educational support. $16,355.00
Webster Electric Foundation—provides funding through grants for community minded projects and programs. $33,300.00
White River Valley Electric Foundation—funds grants to organizations that provide food, clothing, shelter, health & education. $33,228.00
TOTAL $819,079.32