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Price Cutter Charity Championship playing as scheduled in July

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Organizers of the Price Cutter Charity Championship said this morning the annual golf tournament is planning to go on as scheduled this summer at Highland Springs Country Club.

“Springfield is going to be the first event played with spectators back,” PCCC Executive Director Jerald Andrews told media members at a kick-off breakfast for the planned tournament.

The PGA-sanctioned Korn Ferry Tour event is scheduled to stop in Springfield on July 23-26. Officials say the national tour resumed play the weekend of June 11 in Florida, but spectators were not allowed.

Andrews said tour organizers are adding safety protocols for play at Highland Springs, but those are moving targets right now.

“It changes daily,” he said.

The PCCC typically draws tens of thousands of fans during the four days of tourney play, said event spokesperson Kary Booher.

The local event expects to have temperature screenings for fans entering Highland Springs, and Sanford Health has signed on to perform COVID-19 testing of tour players before they enter the property.

One known change is that tournament players will stay in local hotels rather than private housing in Springfield.

The full slate of PCCC events runs July 17-27, with pro-ams, clinics and a charity auction on the docket.

Now in its 31st year, the PCCC has raised a cumulative $16.5 million for local children’s charities. Roughly 50 charities receive proceeds from the event each year.

Organizers this morning also unveiled the event’s marketing materials, produced by Schilling Sellmeyer & Associates.

“This year’s theme is pretty simple: ‘Play your part.’ We want everyone to play their part and make this a success,” said Matt Sellmeyer, president of the advertising agency.

Andrews said funds raised this year might be more critical for the charities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic forced many of our charities to either cancel their other fundraisers or push them back,” Andres said in a news release. “Many are telling us that the Price Cutter tournament is their one shot to stay on track.”

However, with businesses shut down from COVID-19 restrictions, Andrews said he and other organizers are behind on securing sponsorships. He said he hasn’t made a sponsorship call in seven weeks.

“For the first time in 25 years doing this work, I’ve got sponsors calling me – ‘why haven’t you called me yet?’” said Andrews, who's also executive director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Organizers previously announced former NFL quarterback Tony Romo would join the field of play, with hopes of qualifying for the PGA Tour.

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