Hole in One contest: $50,000 prize up for grabs — for anybody


A cool grand is one thing. But how does winning $50,000 strike you? Indeed, local golfers, weekend hacks and even non-golfers could pocket some serious coin in an event tied to the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The trick? Land a hole in one on a 175-yard attempt in the finals of the Missouri Golf Association’s Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Contest. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at Highland Springs Country Club after the pros complete play, or roughly 4 p.m.

The PCCC announced the $50,000 prize on Friday, just weeks before the PGA’s Web.com Tour stops in Springfield on Aug. 13-16. Additionally, fans also have a chance to walk away with a 2015 Ford Mustang or $10,000 simply by purchasing a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket – which is good for a four-day pass, with the full $25 ticket money going to the charity of your choice.

To participate in the MGA’s Closest to the Pin & Hole in One contest, you can purchase an unlimited number of chances — one shot is $5, and three shots for $10. The winners in age and gender divisions will receive trophies and will advance to the finals, where they’ll have an opportunity to sink a hole in one. If there’s a hole-in-one winner, the winner earns $50,000. To win the money, you must be at least 18 years of age.

The MGA Closest to the Pin Contest is an annual tradition in the PCCC, a PGA Web.com Tour stop that has generated $12 million for local children’s charities in the past 25 years. A record $1 million-plus was awarded a year ago. To reserve your spot, call the PCCC at 887-3400.

Additionally, the tournament continues to accept business sponsorships for a variety of events or on the course, such as banners and vendor tents. A number of spots remain, too, for pro-ams, including the Betty & Bobby Allison’s Junior Pro-Am on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Rivercut Golf Course.


For all details about the tournament, check out our mobile-friendly website.

Attendance record set at Kids Fun Day & Junior Golf Clinic



The annual Kids Fun Day and Junior Golf Clinic presented by Jared Enterprises set an attendance record on Friday, as more than 200 turned out at Highland Springs Country Club. That is roughly double the number from a year ago.

The event, with Jared Enterprises as a new title sponsor, marked the first of the summer for the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Web.com Tour stop from Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs.

Friday’s event – long a part of the PCCC — was free to the public, and the crowd included a large number of children from the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield. The event began at 10 a.m. and, with so many kids, lasted three hours. Children took part in playing on inflatables from Amberg Entertainment, face-painting and learning safety from the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department. Lunch was provided. Photos can be found on the PCCC Facebook page.


“I’m just thrilled to see so many kids enjoying all the games and learning about home safety; partaking in the food; and, in many cases, being introduced to golf,” said Jerald Andrews, Tournament Director.

Brian Maloney, the Director of Golf at Highland Springs, and other area teaching pros led children in learning ways to hit tee shots. Among the neat strategies was a 20-foot-high inflatable dragon, in which kids could try to hit into any one of three holes.


Maloney emphasized to everybody that it’s never too early to start playing golf and certainly never too late.

“I saw a couple out here the other day that were in their 80s,” Maloney said during a TV interview. “You don’t see any basketball players, football players or baseball players playing at age 80. This is a sport for a lifetime.”

Friday’s event comes as the PCCC fields calls about business sponsorships as well as ticket requests. The tournament has raised $12 million for local children’s charities in the past 25 years, including a record $1 million-plus a year ago. To support the PCCC, call 887-3400.