Another one checked off for travelling Missouri golfer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
St. Louis native Mark Schupp was in Cassville on Tuesday as part of his effort to play every golf course in Missouri. Contributed photo

St. Louisan on quest to play every golf course in Missouri

St. Louis native Mark Schupp is a goal-oriented individual.

In 2014, he made a lofty goal, and today, he is be one step closer to completing his task.

Schupp set his sights on playing every golf course in the state of Missouri, and on Tuesday, he crossed one more off his list when he played at the Cassville golf course.

He sold his business in 2014 and immediately got to work on accomplishing something no one else has done, playing every one of the approximately 375 golf courses in the Show Me State.

As opposed to many retirees who are worried about how they will fill their time, Schupp has very little free time.

“This project is all consuming,” Schupp said. “It truly is a labor of love, particularly since I am not charging the courses for any of these services. Creating the website, keeping it up to date, contacting the courses, planning the schedule and coordinating travel keeps me busier than my job ever did. Playing the courses is the easy part. But, regrettably, the actual playing time represents only a small fraction of the total time I spend on the project.”

In his escapades around the state, Schupp noticed an opportunity to provide a valuable service.

“When traveling around the state, I noticed that there was no single resource for good information on each of the courses in Missouri. So, I decided to do it,” Schupp said.

In preparation for this mission, Schupp took a semester-long class and spent the next seven months designing and programming a website to track and review each of the courses he plays. The site, www.MoGolfTour.com, includes a map of every course in the state, colored-coded so visitors can visualize all courses in a particular geography. The website also includes a list of the best public courses, the best private courses and “The Best” in several other categories such as: best club house, most fun and best staff.

The round at Cassville was his first, and one that Schupp was looking forward to.

“I have heard great things about the golf courses in southwest Missouri,” Schupp said. “I haven’t had many opportunities to visit the area. I am really excited to visit Monett and experience all that the city and the southwestern portion of the state has to offer. I am finding that playing every course in Missouri is much more than just playing golf. It is becoming more about meeting and spending time with the great people of Missouri and hearing their stories.”

Besides touring the state playing every golf course, Schupp also finds time to work with select companies and charities to produce powerful commercials and videos. Since retiring, Schupp has created and produced several moving anti-heroin television commercials for the National Council on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism which appeared in the Super Bowl broadcast. These commercials have become internationally recognized for their powerful message and impact.

Schupp also serves on the board of directors of a few charitable organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, the University of Central Missouri Alumni and Foundation Board and Grace Hill in St. Louis.

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