John Q. Hammons

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Over 45 organizations throughout southwest Missouri will benefit from this year’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield. Officials have set a goal to generate $1 million.

Students at Missouri State University can’t help but know the name John Q. Hammons, given there are four campus facilities that bear his name. And while it’s hard to rank what contribution of Hammons has had the most significance, it’s easy to say the impact of each was vast; whether at MSU, around Springfield, or beyond with his many hotel developments.

Longtime friends of the late John Q. Hammons offered fond memories Tuesday of the nationwide hotel developer and philanthropist. The memorial took place inside JQH Arena, one of several Springfield facilities he helped build. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

“When Webster defined the term entrepreneur-developer, he must have been dreaming about John Q. Hammons,” Kamfjord said.

In less than two months, golfers from across the nation will converge on Springfield for the 24th Annual Price Cutter Charity Championship. The event is part of the 2013 Tour, in which athletes emerge to earn a spot on the PGA Tour. KSMU’s Scott Harvey attended Monday’s media day and filed this report.

The Springfield community is mourning the loss of James Quentin Hammons. The iconic hotel developer and philanthropist, who referred to himself as John Q., died Sunday at the age of 94. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has this remembrance.

He had a vision for Springfield, says Dave Coonrod, who got to know John Q. Hammons during his time as presiding Greene County commissioner roughly 30 years ago. Coonrod says you can look in just about every corner and see his fingerprints.