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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 18, 2017

College of the Ozarks to serve at Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge Golf Tournament

College of the Ozarks Student Volunteer

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks students, staff, and faculty will once again serve as volunteers for the PGA TOUR Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge Golf Tournament, April 19-23, 2017.
College of the Ozarks is an official charitable beneficiary of the tournament. Funds from this year’s tournament went to The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial on the campus of College of the Ozarks, which will be dedicated on April 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. near the College entrance at Patriots Park. The public is invited. 
The black granite monument will feature two sides. One side will bear the following inscription: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, and Relatives who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom. The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: HomelandFamily,Patriot, and Sacrifice. At the center of this tribute is the most distinct feature of the Monument, the cut out which represents the loved one who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. College of the Ozarks seniors Katherine Yung, art education major, and Emma Carter, studio art/graphic design major, helped design the four panels.
Past gifts received from tournament proceeds also helped make the dream of The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial a reality on the campus of College of the Ozarks. The memorial was designed by a student and built by staff and students. It was dedicated in April 2015. Guests are welcome to visit daily, year-round.
Funds also went toward the “Lest We Forget” 9-11 Memorial, which was built by staff and students on the College of the Ozarks campus. The memorial features a steel column from the World Trade Center towers, a reminder of the tragedy and the heroism of those who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.
“The College is pleased to play a role in focusing attention on those honored in Patriots Park,” said Jerry C. Davis, president of College of the Ozarks. “Not only is it consistent with the College’s patriotic goal, it is the right thing to do in honoring the patriots.”
2017 Golf Tournament 
This is the fourth consecutive year for C of O to be a part of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge Golf Tournament. The College contributed more than 180 volunteers last year – representing students, staff, and faculty – to assist with the event. 
“We look forward to being able to serve again this year,” said Dr. Chris Larsen, dean of sports, recreation, and events and volunteer general chairman for the tournament. “We are all called to serve, and this tournament allows us to do just that. C of O benefits from this event as the charity, and it is important that we take an interest in making sure that it is the best tournament it can possibly be. We are able to show people from all over the world what C of O and the Ozarks are all about.” 
Student volunteers work in a wide variety of roles during the tournament, including serving as caddies, standard bearers, and Golf Channel assistants. 
“This is great exposure for our students,” Larsen said. “They are able to meet people they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to meet and rub elbows with some very influential people.”
Tickets on sale now 
Tickets for this year’s Legends of Golf tournament are on sale now. Fans have many options to purchase advance tickets: 
? Visit 
? Call toll-free at 1-888-347-4426.
? Visit Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, Missouri. 
? Visit Bass Pro Shops Outpost in Branson, Missouri.
? Visit Big Cedar Lodge’s registration building.
? Stop at the gate at either golf course. (Tickets available for purchase 1 hour before tee times begin) 
? Visit the Will Call center at College of the Ozarks Alumni Center in Point Lookout, Missouri. (Tickets only sold here April 17 – 23.) On Wednesday, April 19, Will Call will be open 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information about College of the Ozarks involvement in this event, contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212. 
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. The Keeter Center — the College’s four-star lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 students employed in every facet of the operation, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
About Big Cedar® Lodge Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cedar Lodge has offered guests rustic elegance in the heart of the Ozark Mountains since 1988. Johnny and Jeanie Morris, inspired by their love of the area, created the popular vacation spot as a special place where conservation, preservation, and family traditions meld. The luxury resort—complete with nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park—has a full-service marina, horseback riding, world-class fishing, and trails suited for walking, biking, and hiking. The resort includes Johnny Morris' Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve, home to championship golf, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, three world-class restaurants, an all-American inspired wine cellar, and a wedding chapel set on the hillside with spectacular sunset views of Table Rock Lake. Top of the Rock is Johnny Morris’ most passionate and inspiring venture to date. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook at 
Media Contacts: 
Valorie Coleman, College of the Ozarks
Shelby Stephenson, Big Cedar Lodge 
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