A- A+

Kicking Off - or Teeing Off - Summer with the 2022 Principal Charity Classic

2022 Principal Charity Classic

Header image of the Heroes Outpost for active reserve and retired military members from the Principal Charity Classic Facebook page.

The annual Principal Charity Classic is a crown jewel event in DSM. This is one of my favorite events of the year, and as a member of the Board of Directors I see firsthand the impact the Principal Charity Classic has on our community. Since 2007, the tournament has raised $37 million, setting a record in 2021 of $7.3 million to support programming and services to its Tournament Charity Partners, including Blank Children’s Hospital, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa.

In 2022, the PGA TOUR Champions will return to Greater Des Moines (DSM) — specifically, Wakonda Club overlooking Downtown — to tee off beginning Friday, June 3. The weekend-long tournament offers a variety of ticket options, including a single ticket, group ticket package, a Fareway Club ticket with VIP experience, a military/veterans ticket with exclusive access to the grounds and more, and a VIP parking pass. A limited number of tickets are available for the free military/veterans tickets, and don’t forget that kids under 15 are free with a ticketed adult. You don’t even have to be a golf fan to enjoy the event. It's a fun way to spend time in an outdoor setting with friends and family while supporting charity.

2022 Notable Players

Wondering which notable golfers you’ll see at the Classic this year? Here are the players expected on the green:

  • Steven Alker
  • Michael Allen
  • Robert Alleby
  • Stephen Ames
  • Billy Andrade
  • Stuart Appleby
  • Woody Austin
  • Doug Barron
  • Cameron Beckman
  • Shane Bertsch
  • David Branshaw
  • Mark Brooks
  • Mark Calcavecchia
  • Alex Cejka
  • Darren Clarke
  • Fred Couples
  • Marco Dawson
  • Glen Day
  • Chris DiMarco
  • Stephen Dodd
  • Ken Duke
  • Joe Durant
  • Ernie Els
  • Bob Estes
  • Steve Flesch
  • David Frost
  • Fred Funk
  • Tom Gillis
  • Retief Goosen
  • Paul Goydos
  • Jay Haas
  • Tim Herron
  • Jaidee Thongchai
  • Lee Janzen
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez
  • Brandt Job
  • Steve Jones
  • Jerry Kelly
  • Rob Labritz
  • Bernhard Langer
  • Tom Lehman
  • Jeff Maggert
  • Billy Mayfair
  • Scott McCarron
  • Rocco Mediate
  • Colin Montgomerie
  • José María Olazábal
  • Rod Pampling
  • Scott Parel
  • Corey Pavin
  • Tom Pernice Jr.
  • Tim Petrovic
  • Dicky Pride
  • Brett Quigley
  • Gene Sauers
  • John Senden
  • Wes Short Jr.
  • Vijay Singh
  • Kevin Sutherland
  • Tommy Tolles
  • David Toms
  • Kirk Triplett
  • Scott Verplank
  • Mark Walker
  • Y.E. Yang

See the complete list of players here.

2022 Schedule of Events

The tournament Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m. with the first round of tournament play taking place 20 minutes later. Friday is also Polk County Day and will feature a live performance at the 17th Green from Damon Dotson at 4:30 p.m., a volunteer party (invite only) and television coverage on the Golf Channel from 5 – 7 p.m. This live streaming effort is a part of The Partnership’s efforts to showcase our region to a national audience.

Live television coverage on the Golf Channel is also from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. On Saturday — Blank Children’s Hospital Youth Day — the second round of tournament play begins at 9:45 a.m. The last day of tournament play will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday and end with a championship trophy presentation at 4:30 p.m. Sunday is also Military Appreciation Day. Visit the Heroes Outpost on the 13th Green with the free access pass any day of the tournament for complimentary hospitality.

Find more information about the Principal Charity Classic at principalcharityclassic.com.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Tiffany Tauscheck, CCE, CDME, IOM

Tiffany Tauscheck is the President & CEO at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She is a Drake University alum and addicted to DSM USA.