Life’s Journey, Branson Dental win Junior Pro-Am; Floyd aces No. 6

Life's Journey
Life’s Journey

A three-person team sponsored by Life’s Journey and a Branson Dental team took top honors in their respective divisions of the Betty & Bobby Allison’s Junior Pro-Am on Friday at Rivercut Golf Course, where 13-year-old Adam Floyd also scored an ace on No. 6.

It was all part of a pro-am tied to the PGA Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, in which events such as Friday’s help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Ozarks children’s charities.

Life’s Journey, which fired a 128, featured Jacob Shackelford, Samuel Shackelford and Evan Veinhage. The trio played along with pro Bob Jacobson. Meanwhile, second-place resulted in a tie between a group of pro Ollie Penn, Landon Rothgeb, Peyton Blake, Lucas Ogden and Lane Witt, with the second group consisting of four players from Monett — Tommy Sangston, Shane Pass, Caleb Long and Clayton Kaiser.

“Since we only had three people, it means a lot to us,” said Sam Shackelford, a sophomore at Willard High School. “Our pro shot really well, and Monett and Ozark — I have to give a shout-out to them. They are really good teams. We just came out to be better.”

Life’s Journey kick-started its day with two pars and was four-under through three holes, including thanks to an eagle. The three also avoided bogeys on a picture-perfect day for golf, and Jacob Schackelford appreciated tips from Jacobson, who implored each boy to work on their stances on their drives.

“He helped me so much,” said Jacob Shackelford, a senior at Willard High School. “He was very patient and open with us.”

Said Veinhage, “It was incredible. He talked about how there are multiple parts to golf, in driving, chipping and putting.”

Branson Dental
Branson Dental

Meanwhile, Branson Dental’s team of Reece Ruprecht, Will Burney, Alex Burney, John Carswell and Gaige Lewis won Division II by firing a 131. The group edged by one stroke Tank Components Industries of Adam Floyd, Brayden Emmeret, Max Bowman and Christian Cooper, with pro Kevin Kring.

“It’s cool. This is my second tournament ever,” Lewis said.

“It was a lot of fun,” Carswell said. “Our pro told us to keep the face of the club out and make sure to scoot up toward the ball.”

Said Ruprecht, “We hit some really good shots today.”

Adam Floyd
Adam Floyd

Among Friday’s memorable moments was a hole-in-one by Floyd, a 13-year-old who is an eighth-grader at Pershing Middle School. “They were near the end of their round when they reached No. 6, where Floyd gripped a five-iron,  and sank a 145-foot shot that traveled over the water.

“Right after I hit it, I thought it was going to be pretty good,” a smiling Floyd said. “But I did not expect that at all.”



Honoring Our Heroes Program drawing big support

Honoring Heroes collage

The Honoring Our Heroes Program figured to be a hit for the PGA Tour’s upcoming Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. After all, sponsorships of the program allows a great group — military veterans as well as current military, law enforcement, first responders and their families – to attend for free, plus receive complimentary food and drink as well as a great view from seating in a covered tent on the 18th green.

However, strong response in supporting the Honoring Our Heroes Program has gladly surprised tournament officials and, more importantly, become a key fundraiser for the PCCC, which is benefitting 47 Ozarks children’s charities.

That’s why Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews on Thursday expressed hope that businesses and individuals who haven’t yet supported children’s charities partner with the PCCC through the Honoring Our Heroes Program.

The tournament, to be played Aug. 10-13 at Highland Springs Country Club, has seen NRoute Enterprises LLC and Vehicle Outfitters of Ozark already agree to be the presenting sponsor of the Honoring Our Heroes Program. Plus, the Mountain View-based Whetstone Boys Ranch will oversee the Heroes tent daily during the tournament. A portion of tournament proceeds will go to the Greene County 100 Club, which supports spouses and dependent children of police officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty in Greene County, Missouri.

To support the PCCC, call 417-887-3400.

“The Honoring Our Heroes Program developed in the middle of last summer, and we saw a great response then. This year, it’s been even better and probably even more important,” Andrews said. “We’ve been fortunate over the years that numerous sponsors keep supporting us.”

Andrews added, “With the Honoring Our Heroes Program, we’ve seen families and individuals, not just companies, donate. It’s their way of making a difference for two great groups – our children’s charities as well as the community of military, law enforcement and first responders. With their sponsorships, we’re on track to enjoy another successful tournament.”

The Honoring Our Heroes Program was the impetus to this year’s theme of “United We Stand For Kids * Charity * Community * PGA Tour.”

However, it is not the only way to support the PCCC. For instance:

  • Team sponsorships remain available in upcoming pro-ams: the Integrity Home Care Pro-Am and the Education and Energy Pro-Am on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at LedgeStone Country Club in Branson; and two on Tuesday — the Silver Dollar City Pro-Am on at Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, and the Betty Allison’s Women’s Pro-am at Millwood Golf & Racquet Club in Ozark. Each team receives continental breakfast, lunch, a terrific golfer gift package and more. The SDC Pro-Am includes a Callaway shopping experience, while the winning team of the Integrity Pro-Am qualifies for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ National Scramble Championship on Nov. 17-19 at Pinehurst, N.C.’s Nos. 2 and 8 courses – where the late Payne Stewart won a U.S. Open.
  • The PCCC has numerous $25 tickets in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, in which the grand prizes are a 2017 Ford F-150 or $10,000. You can also win one of 125 daily prizes valued of at least $25.
  • The Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by Copy Products, Inc., and University Plaza Convention Center. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the convention center (and free to attend), but the public can bid from their smartphones from anywhere. Just register at and see all of our auction items.