Lincoln Land Charity Championship announced a new sponsor last week, followed this week by an announcement of two golfers joining the event.

The charity golf event in Springfield is part of the Tour of the PGA.

On May 26, Lincoln Land Charity Championship announced Springfield-based agricultural chemical company Brandt Consolidated, Inc. as a sponsor. Among other applications, Brandt products are used in golf course maintenance.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our turf product technologies right in our hometown,” said Bill Engel, vice president for Brandt.

The event is to be held at Panther Creek Country Club on June 19-25.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase a local company doing cutting edge research and development on turf products,” said Greg Willman, grounds
superintendent at Panther Creek.

Lincoln Land Charity Championship also announced on May 31 sponsor exemptions for two golfers.

Jeremy Paul | Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA Tour.

Jeremy Paul of Frankfurt, Germany, left Colorado University in April to turn pro and previously represented Germany at the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship for the first time and exploring Central Illinois as I’ve heard great things about the area,” Paul said.

William Kropp | Photo by Eduardo Sanchez/PGA Tour.

William Kropp of Edmond, Oklahoma, has played professional golf since 2013, including in the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship on the Tour in a few weeks,” Kropp said. “I have heard great things about Panther Creek and the people of Springfield in their support of this event.”

Kate Peters, executive director of the Lincoln Land Charity Championship, expressed excitement about the two golfers joining the event.

“Our galleries will enjoy watching these two dynamic golfers,” she said, “and we are delighted that they will be here in the Land of Lincoln.”

A total of 156 players are expected to compete for a $550,000 purse at the event.

On May 16, the Springfield City Council approved $30,000 in city funding to help promote the event.