SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Sports on location at Highland Springs Country Club where the 29th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship is off and running.
156 golfers teed off Thursday hoping to grab a share of the $675,000 dollar purse.
KOLR 10’s Dan Molloy has been at Highland Springs all day and has your first round report.
Highland Springs is one of the most birdie-friendly courses on the Web.com Tour.
Former Arkansas Razorback Taylor Moore made 7 birdies for a bogey-free round of 65.
He finished 7-under, then got loose to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Springfield Cardinals game – more stressful than playing pro golf.
Taylor Moore: “I played a lot of baseball growing up, until I was 15 or 16. My dad was a high school and college baseball coach, so it kind of runs in the family. If I bounce it, my dad may disown me.”
Back on 18, Garrett Osborn misses a makeable birdie. A frustrating finish but he’s near the top at 7-under after one round.
Garrett Osborn: “I played solid. I just really would have liked that putt on 18. That was a bad stroke. Bad stroke right there on that one. I really got off to a great start, making some putts early. I was pumped about it.”
The early groups were lighting it up on the back nine. Carlos Sainz Jr. struggled on the front nine, but goes 4-under on the back… just missing a hole-out eagle on 18.
Just a few minutes later, Alex Prugh puts his third shot on the par-5 18th on the dance floor… spins it back within two feet! Prugh makes 10 birdies, one bogey for a 9-under 63, a great start as he hopes to secure his PGA Tour card by finishing Top 25 on the money list.
Alex Prugh: “I’m in a good position right now. I think I’m 32 on the money list. I need some good weeks in the next couple weeks, but realistically, good golf just takes care of that. Hopefully we can keep that momentum tomorrow.”
Martin Trainer started his second Charity Championship with a bang. He knocks in this birdie on no. 8. Trainer cards the lowest round of his career, a 10-under 62, one stroke ahead of Prugh and Rafael Campos.
Dan Molloy: “So, lots of low numbers already on the leaderboard today, despite some precipitation that fell most of the afternoon. It’s going to get even soggier this weekend, but the weather is not going to be slowing down the chase for birdies here at Highland Springs. When I talked to Alex Prugh, he said 25-under should be the target for anyone who wants to get that big check on Sunday.
At the Charity Championship, Dan Molloy, KOLR10 Sports, Ozarks First.