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Morning Sports Report - August 6, 2014

The Price Cutter Charity Championship marks its 25th anniversary in Springfield - kicking off with a skins game Tuesday. And the St. Louis Cards get some revenge on the BoSox.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The 25th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship will tee off Thursday morning at Highland Springs Country Club.

There are 25 stops on this Web.com tour, six of those outside the United States.

But only four will celebrate a silver anniversary this year.

The Price Cutter Charity Championship has been around for a quarter of a century.

"It's really exciting and obviously being only one of four events on the web.com tour that's been around since 1990. I think it speaks volumes," said Tournament Director Jerald Andrews.

And after all these years the tournaments done a lot more than just affect the Ozarks.

Andrews: "The event has given away nearly 11 million dollars over the last 24 years. Which has touched thousands and thousands of childrens lives and their families lives."

25 years ago, the event benefited four chairities...this year there's 46.

"This year our goal is to give away a million dollars in one year. That's unbelievable. When this tour started it was very small by comparison and today it is quiet an ordeal," said Director of Golf, Brian Maloney.

While many people have contributed to make this silver anniversary happen, you have to credit the host.

Maloney: "Only two clubs have hosted it all 25 years, so it is pretty special to be one of those very select few."

And helping get Highland Springs to where it is now, golf course superintendent Ken Smith, he's been there from the start and is set to retire this year.

"When I first walked around the golf course all I saw was rock and clay. I can't take all the credit, I just put the finishing touches on it," said Ken Smith.  "There is nothing more satisfying then going out in the morning and seeing the beauty of the land. Just a tremendous place to work."

The first 25 years have brought endless memories, and the future hopes to bring many more.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--This is the second PGA sponsored golf tournament in the Ozarks in two months.

The Champions tour Legends of Golf was at Top of the Rock in June.

Tuesday the winners of that team event, Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk along with Jim Thorpe and Chip Beck played a foursome of Web.com pros and area businessmen in the skins game.

And the team of Funk and Sebastian Cappelen earned one skin, and Sluman and Harold Varner earned another for a draw.

Before the event, the Champions Tour players told the young guns how lucky they were to be able to play on the Web.com tour.

"I watch alot of golf and I watch their tour.  I tell you what, the way you drive the ball is just ridiculous man.  The scores you shoot are unbelievable man.  I thought you guys played with a bigger hole than we did," joked Champions tour pro Jim Thorpe.

"You guys are fortunate.  You get to play competition, see how good you are.  And I think that everybody comes out ready to go and hungry.  That's why you shoot so many good scores," said Champions tour pro Chip Beck.  

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In Major League Baseball Tuesday:

The St. Louis Cardinals continued their six game homestand last night at Busch Stadium.
In town - the Boston Red Sox.
Last October, the Xox beat the Cardinals for the world championship.

St. Louis started play, a game behind the Brewers in the NL Central.   
And the Cardinals flashing the leather early, top of the first, Dustin Pedroia with the shot to third, nice diving play by Matt Carpenter and over to first for the out.
Boston was ust as strong in the third, when Xavier Bogarts at short getting to the ball, and robbing Jon Jay of a base hit.

St. Louis would get on the board in the fourth, Matt Adams singles to center, Matt Holliday scores;  it's 1-0.
But the Redsox tie it up in the fifth, Christian Vazquez with a fly ball to right, deep enough to score Daniel Nava and it's 1-1.

It was 2-1 Boston in the seventh when Kolten Wong singles to center, Shane Robinson rounds third and heads for home, he's safe, it's 2-2.
Then in the eighth, Jon Jay bloops a single to left, AJ Pierzinski scores; it's 3-2 St. Louis.
And the Cards win 3-2.  

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The Springfield Cardinals started a six game road trip in Frisco, and the Rough Riders owned a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning.
But the game was held up a while with a rain delay.  Final score is 9-1, Rough Riders win.

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And the Kansas City Royals continued their road trip in Arizona.
The Royals got homers from Salvador Perez, Billy Butler and a grand slam from Nori Aoki.
Royals go on to beat the Diamondbacks, 12-2.


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