Charity directors, sponsors and members of the media this morning gathered at Highland Springs Country Club to kick off the events leading up to the July 22-25 Price Cutter Charity Championship.
The breakfast also signaled a transition at the top for the annual PGA-sanctioned golf tournament: Longtime Executive Director Jerald Andrews plans to leave the post and pass the reins to Byron Shive, an attorney from Bolivar.
“I am stepping away,” Andrews told the group at the country club. “We are in the midst of a transition.”
Andrews said the board of directors adopted a succession plan in November 2020, as interviews were ongoing, and selected Shive to take over as CEO of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the PCCC, effective in August 2022.
Andrews, who turns 69 next month, said he will lead the PCCC this year and next - which would mark his 27th year running the tournament. During its 32 years of play, the tourney has gifted over $17.3 million to charities, officials said this morning. Despite the coronavirus pandemic last year limiting spectators and volunteers, the PCCC raised over $830,000 in 2020.
"I would argue he is the best fundraiser in the entire state of Missouri," Shive said of Andrews. "They are certainly giant shoes to fill. I’m not Jerald and I can’t be him. So, if I’m going to try to be him, it won’t work. I’m learning from the best.”
Shive started working under Andrews on Feb. 1, after being offered the position in mid-January, he said. The career shift from his general legal practice – Byron K. Shive, Attorney-At-Law LLC – connects with what he described as a lifelong passion.
“I’m wrapping up all the legal stuff," Shive said. “I’ve always been a sports fanatic, always wanted to do something in sports. I loved what I was doing helping people in a solo practice. I can still help people, but on a larger scale, and involve sports.”
Shive said he's volunteered as a walking scorer for the PCCC the past decade.
The tournament, which is on the Korn Ferry Tour, involves about 50 events between the end of June and November, when funds are announced and distributed. Andrews said roughly 50 nonprofits are on board again this year.
“We are preparing for as normal of a tournament as possible,” he said.
As to what’s next for him, Andrews said, “I’m not retiring; I’m just moving on to another career.” He said no specific plans were in the works.
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