For Brandt Jobe, the Principal Charity Classic feels personal.

As the defending champion of the Principal Charity Classic, Brandt Jobe returned to Des Moines for a pre-tournament media day on April 23.

His stops included a visit to Blank Children’s Hospital, one of the event’s six tournament charity partners. It was a visit that hit home for Jobe.

He was in eighth grade, just into his teenage years, when he spent a month at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.

He was suffering from Reye’s Syndrome, an allergic reaction to aspirin.

“One out of three live,” Jobe said. “At first they didn’t know what I had. They thought it was the plague or something. I was in a tented room. My mom and dad came in masks. My dad was a doctor. He was going crazy.”

Reye’s Syndrome was the eventual diagnosis.

“You can’t keep anything down and you start whittling away,” Jobe said. “Your body fights it or it doesn’t, and you die.”

Jobe’s stomach was pumped constantly, and he had IVs in his arm.

“I remember a big day was getting up, walking down the hall and walking back,” Jobe said.

Brandt spent time hanging out with an older boy who had the same diagnosis.

“All of a sudden he’s gone,” Jobe said. “He didn’t make it. I didn’t know.”

Jobe recalls ministers from his family church coming in one day to see him, and started thinking the worse.

“I said to my mom and dad, ‘What are they doing here?’” Jobe said. “I guess I got a little closer than I thought.”

All those memories come back when Brandt, a father of two, makes stops to places like Blank Children’s Hospital. He visited with several kids during his April visit. Jobe gave kids his bobblehead. He putted with several of them on a makeshift green, played video games with others. Kids who first kept their distance ended up sitting on his lap.

“If you can just change their day a little bit,” Jobe said. “They were able to have a little fun. That’s a big deal in their life. I’m glad this tournament is so involved with (Blank Children’s Hospital) here. That’s what it’s all about.”

By Rick Brown, Principal Charity Classic Senior Reporter


Principal Charity Classic Shatters Charitable Giving Record.

Great golf and even greater giving.

The Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, today announced the 2017 tournament raised a record $3,581,427 for Iowa children’s charities, surpassing the annual event’s previous record of just over $2 million donated in 2016.

The Principal Charity Classic, which was named the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year, has now donated approximately $13.5 million to benefit Iowa kids since 2007 (watch video here).

“This level of giving is a direct reflection of the community’s support for the Principal Charity Classic and the incredible commitment of our 375 tournament sponsors,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal®. “This event continues to grow and exceed expectations. In particular, our Birdies For Charity program has seen rapid growth and benefits children’s charities throughout the entire state of Iowa.”

Birdies For Charity organizations solicit donations on their own behalf and receive 100% of every donation they collect, plus a 10% match on every donation thanks to generous funding from Sammons Financial Group and Wells Fargo. Participating organizations must have 501 (c)(3) status and programming for Iowa children, or be a K-12 school in the state.

Funds raised through the tournament also support six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area: Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa.

Principal extends title sponsorship

Principal also announced today it has extended its Principal Charity Classic title sponsorship through 2023. Principal has served as title sponsor since 2007, along with Wells Fargo as presenting sponsor. Wells Fargo extended its presenting sponsor role for an additional three years in 2016.

Today’s extension announcement also includes the tournament’s host venue, with Wakonda Club set to host the Principal Charity Classic through 2023.

“Principal is proud to extend its title sponsorship of this world-class golf event and to do so with the support of many dedicated corporate and community partners, and of course the Wakonda Club,” Houston said. “Our goal is for the tournament to flourish for many years to come, and to continue giving back to Greater Des Moines and the state of Iowa.”

The Principal Charity Classic, which drew more than 81,000 fans to historic Wakonda Club in 2017, annually brings some of the biggest names in golf to Des Moines. This year’s tournament featured 27 of the top 30-ranked PGA TOUR Champions players, with Brandt Jobe holding off defending champion Scott McCarron and Kevin Sutherland to win by one shot for his first career PGA TOUR Champions victory.

Additional 2017 competitors included Bernhard Langer, the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year and defending Charles Schwab Cup champion; past Principal Charity Classic champions McCarron, Mark Calcavecchia, Russ Cochran, Jay Haas, Bob Gilder and Tom Pernice, Jr.; and perennial fan favorites such as Billy Andrade, Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Jesper Parnevik and Fuzzy Zoeller.

The 2018 Principal Charity Classic will take place June 5-10, 2018, at Wakonda Club. For more information or to donate and help the tournament support kids year-round, visit principalcharityclassic.com.