After opening day, Chase Wright leads PCCC


Indiana native and Hoosiers graduate Chase Wright, 43rd on the money list of the PGA Tour’s Tour, has early bragging rights in the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Wright fired a 10-under-par 62 on opening day Thursday at Highland Springs Country Club, using an afternoon round to leapfrog early leader Wes Roach, who is tied for second with Dawie Van Der Walt with a 63.


  • Rest of the leaderboard can be found here by clicking this link.
  • Kring’s day: Kevin Kring, a 2008 Missouri high school state champion who is playing on an exemption, carded a three-over-par 75 on his home course. Kring will look to capitalize on an encouraging finish in which he saved par on 18 to end his morning round. He three-putted for bogey on his opening hole but was at 1-under through 13. “It was cool to look around and see people you know,” Kring told KY3 TV sports. “When I hit bad shots, I told my caddy, ‘Well, I’ve been there before. I know what to expect.’ Kring added, “To be settled in and then make mistakes is frustrating on a score-able.”
  • Patton down the hatches: Patton Kizzire, an Auburn University grad who leads the money list with more than $391,000 this year, sits in a three-way tie for fourth with Kyle Thompson and Peter Malnati at 8-under-par 65. That’s notable because Kizzire has finished 10th in 25 events.
  • Piller of the community: Sitting in 17th is Martin Piller, who been on fire of late with a 58-under-par in his past three starts and $250,000 in winnings. He won the Boise Open in mid-July, tied for 57th at the Utah Championship and won the Kansas City event last weekend.
  • Free tickets: Available today through OakStar Bank.
  • Free concert Saturday night: Join us for a two-hour free country music concert on Saturday night in the parking lot of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive, or one mile east of the 60-65 interchange in southeast Springfield. Performing are Nashville up-and-coming stars SmithField and Georgia native Alex Hall. It all starts at 8 p.m., and beer and concessions will be available for purchase.
  • Win $50,000: Enter to win the Missouri Golf Association Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Contest, set for roughly 4 p.m. Saturday, or after play ends. Age division winners advance to the finals, where a hole in one will earn the winner – if the winner sinks a hole in one – a sum of $50,000.
  • Meet Coach Steckel: New Missouri State University football coach Dave Steckel on Saturday. Coach Steck will be available in the Cascade Financial tent near the 18th green from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


White River Valley Electric wins Price Cutter Pro-Am

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A White River Electric team that included recent Senior Long Drive champion John Cyrus can walk with an extra bounce in its collective step this weekend during the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The foursome, paired with pro Zach Fischer, won the annual Price Cutter Pro-Am by firing a 43 in field of 28 teams at Highland Springs Country Club. The team included Don Phillips, Lyle Rowland, Steve Wendler and Cyrus, a Mount Vernon native who regularly turns out for Missouri Sports Hall of Fame celebrity golf events.

The scramble format included the top 54 money leaders on the PGA Tour’s annual Tour, which plays Thursday through Sunday at Highland Springs. The pros were required to walk the course.

The Hayden Machinery team of Justin Hayden, Nate Seriotac, Taylor Robertson and Matt Kelly placed second with a 43, doing so as they played with pro Todd Baek.

A Price Cutter team of George Mires, Jeffrey Centerino and Mike Seever captured third place by scoring a 46. Their pro was Alex Aragon.

The Price Cutter Pro-Am was among the nearly 20 fundraising events in the build-up to the PCCC, which has generated almost $12 million for local children’s charities in its 25-year history. That figure includes a record $1 million-plus last year.

For tickets, call 417-887-3400, or stop by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive, which is about a mile east of the 60-65 interchange and sits next to Highland Springs.