Sponsored by Principal, powered by Iowa kids

The Principal Charity Classic comes together to raise money for Iowa children’s charities through the support of Principal and the work of Bruno Event Team. Since 2007, the event has contributed more than $30 million to charities who invest in the future of Iowa kids. This always exciting and family-friendly event greatly contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa while bringing a strong field of professional PGA TOUR Champions players to Des Moines.

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Don’t miss out on Des Moines’ summer kick-off event.

Enjoy time with friends while supporting your community next summer at the 2021 Principal Charity Classic. Sit back, relax, and watch PGA TOUR Champions golfers compete in Iowa’s only PGA TOUR Champions stop, or explore dozens of other activities suited for business professionals and families alike.

Meet the team

Doug Habgood

Tournament Director

Douglas has led numerous golf events across the country, including the 2008 and 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor and the 2014 BMW Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver. He is a Philadelphia native and University of South Carolina graduate. As Tournament Director, Douglas oversees all aspects of the Principal Charity Classic and works closely with key tournament stakeholders. He spends most of his free time traveling, surfing, or cheering on his three daughters at sporting events across the state.

Charlie Smith

Sales Director

Charlie grew up in Michigan, but made his way to Iowa to work on the 2016 Solheim Cup. After that, he joined the Principal Charity Classic team and now leads our sales efforts. He enjoys creating genuine, lasting relationships with all tournament partners year after year. When he’s not in the office, you can find Charlie golfing, researching the stock market, or cheering for Michigan athletics.

Kacey Praschan

Operations Director

Kacey worked for three consecutive U.S. Senior Opens before joining the Principal Charity Classic team in Des Moines. He has the pleasure of working with our more than 50 operational partners to ensure that each tournament runs more efficiently than the last. When he’s not in the office, Kacey enjoys golfing, spending time outside with his dog, and watching his alma mater, NC State.

Brandi Putz

Tournament Manager, Volunteers & Birdies For Charity

Brandi joined the Principal Charity Classic team after graduating from Simpson College with a B.A in Public Relations. While working with our tournament volunteers and Birdies For Charity partners, Brandi ensures the tournament is fulfilling its charitable mission. Outside of work, Brandi enjoys attending fitness classes at Power Life Yoga, golfing, and spending time outdoors.

Board of Directors

Dan Abbott

Wells Fargo

Jim Adrianse

Retired

Matt Carstens

Landus Cooperative

Nick Cecere

Principal, Board President

David Chivers

Mary Coffin

Retired

Greg Edwards

Catch Des Moines

Kevin Grimm

Wexford & James

Lynn Horak

Retired

Dan Houston

Principal

Kristi Knous

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Kathryn Kunert

MidAmerican Energy

Mike McCoy

NCMIC

Jo Christine Miles

Principal Foundation

Suku Radia

Retired

Brian Sather

KCCI

David Stark

UnityPoint Health – DSM

Tiffany Tauscheck

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Rob TeKolste

Sammons Financial Group

Rich Willis

Willis Auto Campus

Tournament history

The tournament began in 2001 with Principal taking over as the title sponsor in 2007. Since 2007, the event has raised over $30 million for Iowa children’s charities--a number we aim to grow year after year. As one of the marquee events in Des Moines, Principal Charity Classic has won many awards over the years. The tournament was named the PGA TOUR Champions 2016 Tournament of the Year and has broken it’s own charitable gifting records year after year. You don’t want to miss out on another historic year at the Principal Charity Classic.

Don’t miss out. We’ll see you at Wakonda Club.

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