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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Community gears up for Price Cutter Charity Golf Tourney

  • 24th annual event set for Aug. 8-11 at Highland Springs.
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  • Highland Springs Country Club, along with the entire city of Springfield, Mo., is gearing up to host the 24th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship golf tournament next month.
    The Price Cutter Charity Championship, hosted by the John Q. Hammons Foundation, is one of the 25 stops this year on the Web.com Tour.
    Web.com is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour and features some of the top young pro golfers in the world. At season's end the Web.com Tour will issue 50 PGA Tour Cards for the 2013-14 season.
    Of all the players on the PGA Tour in 2013, 68.7 percent of them are Web.com Tour alumni.
    Activities surrounding the Springfield event will be from Aug. 2-12. The actual 72-hole tournament will be held Aug. 8-11 at Highland Springs.
    Web.com is one of the most successful website development companies in the world and is in its first full year of sponsorship of this tour. In the past 24 years since Springfield has been a tournament stop, the tour has undergone several name changes as different organizations have taken over sponsorship. It was originally named the Ben Hogan Tour and later renamed the Nike Tour, the Buy.com Tour, the Nationwide Tour and now the Web.com Tour.
    Price Cutter Charity Championship tournament director Jerald Andrews said during a press conference last month that due to the timing of the Springfield event, all of the players in the running for the 50 PGA Tour Cards will likely be on hand. The Springfield event will be the 19th stop on the tour this year and critical in the tour card points standings. The tour will culminate with a four-tournament playoff ending with the Web.com Tour Championships at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
    The tournament's largest purse ever, $675,000, will be contested for next month, with $121,500 going to the Price Cutter Charity Championships champion.
    A number of PGA Tournament champions, including 17 major winners entering 2013, have come through the Web.com Tour.
    Price Cutter Supermarkets returns as the tournament's title sponsor for the 11th straight year and Dr. Pepper will serve as the presenting sponsor.
    The first of two unrestricted sponsor exemptions for the Price Cutter event is David Coutchie, a former Seymour High School all-state golfer who later starred in both golf and basketball at Southwest Baptist University.
    Proceeds from the 2013 event will benefit more than 40 children's charities in the Ozarks region. In 2012 the John Q. Hammons Foundation distributed more than $800,000 to 46 children's charities in the Ozarks, bringing the 23-year total to over $10 million.
    The tournament is still looking for volunteers to help run the event. For persons interested in volunteering or looking to obtain tickets, contact (417) 887-3400 or visit the tournament website at www.PriceCutterCC.org
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