Tournament officials at the Sanderson Farms Championship are excited to announce the 2018 Women’s Day keynote speaker will be, for the first time, a couple. Erin and Ben Napier, stars of HGTV’s Home Town and residents of Laurel, Mississippi will headline the fifth annual Women’s Day luncheon at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, October 23. International Paper returns as presenting sponsor for the popular event.

“We are happy to announce that International Paper is returning as presenting sponsor for our fifth Women’s Day,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “We are truly grateful for their generous support, as we are able to create an outstanding experience for our attendees.”

“At International Paper, women represent an essential component of our business groups, facilities, and communities,” said Quinn Thompson, Director, Diversity and Talent Acquisition. “We thank our female employees for their insight, unique perspective, and contributions. International Paper is proud to return as Presenting Sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship Women’s Day Luncheon.”

Season 2 of Home Town currently airs on Mondays at 8pm on Home and Garden Television. The Napiers are famous for their restoration of homes in small town Mississippi. After the couple renovated their own 1925 Craftsman-style cottage in Laurel’s historic district, they now use that experience to revitalize and preserve the quaint, historic town about which they are very passionate. The premiere of Home Town was the second highest rated series premiere in HGTV history. In February, the network officially confirmed Season 3 for the series.

Erin Napier, an artist who started her career in corporate graphic design and her husband Ben, an experienced woodworker with a degree in history, together embrace this passion of renovating historic homes. In Home Town, families purchase historic homes and benefit from Erin’s visionary sketches combined with Ben’s custom woodwork showcasing local reclaimed materials.

Ben serves in a local organization that strives to improve and grow historic downtown Laurel. Meanwhile, Erin uses her graphic design skills to brand and market the city’s inspiring rebirth. When they aren’t renovating homes for new residents, they and four of their best friends sell heirloom wares and durable goods at their general store, Laurel Mercantile Co. The Napiers welcomed a baby girl, Helen, in January.

For more information regarding table purchases, please call the Championship office at (601)898-4653 or email Erin Johnson at



About International Paper
International Paper is a global leader in the packaging and paper industry and supplies a wide range of products that people rely on every day. The company produces uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging. Through xpedx, its North American distribution business, the company also offers printing, packaging, graphic arts, and maintenance and industrial products.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its eighth year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

About Sanderson Farms
Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 14,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 13 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything they do, not only where products are concerned, but company-wide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity, and innovation that was established when the Sanderson family founded the company in 1947.

JACKSON, Miss. (October 29, 2017) — Ryan Armour stuck to his process all week and played steady golf in the final round to win the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA TOUR victory in his 105th career start. Armour, who has been on the PGA TOUR since 2007 and the TOUR since 2004, closed with a 4-under 68 for a five stroke victory, securing his win at 19-under 269. Armour joins ten other players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first TOUR win.

“This tournament was brought to you on behalf of the 250 members of Century Club Charities,” said Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities president. “The Championship could not run without a very special group of sponsors, and it starts with the absolute best sponsor anyone could ever have, Sanderson Farms led by Joe Sanderson and his amazing team.”

“We are very pleased, as we had a very beautiful week in Mississippi, and the course was spectacular,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “Sales for the tournament were up over a year ago, both Pro Ams were sold out early, and interest in the tournament has increased every year, translating into more contributions to charity. The weather was good although we had some windy, cool moments yesterday, but the rest of the week was exactly what we were looking for when we moved the tournament from July to October. The course was dry and fast, and the greens were excellent. We are thrilled that we have another first time winner as our champion. Ryan Armour put on a wonderful display of golf this week.”

“This was an unbelievable experience. I would love to thank the people of Jackson for hosting us, 50 years to do anything is a long time, and we appreciate you for letting us come to your town and take over your golf course. It’s a truly special place,” said Armour.

“There’s lots of emotions running through my head,” Armour continued. “Part of me wants to fly home immediately and see my wife and kids, and part of me wants to stay here and hang out with the boys. It’s great, it’s job security for a few years, and it’s a validation to win with a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, and a lot of putts.”

Armour is taking home a check in the amount of $774,000 and 300 FedExCup points.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the fifth of 45 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the children who are treated at Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 60+ additional charities arounds the state. The total amount raised by the tournament will be announced in early 2018.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship 

The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its seventh year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am


2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am Morning Wave Winners

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1st Place-15Tyrone Van AswegenWayne Whitley, David Sinclair, Rod Freeman
2nd Place-13Ben CraneAkeem Davis, Adam Saul, Keith Carter
3rd Place-12Smylie KaufmanBrian Carlew, Mike Prince, Tico Hoffman

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am Afternoon Wave Winners

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1st Place-15Chris KirkJudson Naifeh, Brian Schmoekel, Chris Kennedy
2nd Place-14Ben MartinChris Brakebush, Kelly Huber, Jeff Robinson
3rd Place-13Ricky BarnesKevin Pope, Darren Thames, Pic Billingsley

2017 John Soules Pro-Am

2017 John Soules Foods Pro-Am Winners

Monday, October 23, 2017

1st Place-16D.J. TrahanBill Hoge, Scott Bingham, Barry Burks
2nd Place-14Conrad ShindlerRick Conrad, Andy Young, Alan Thorpe
3rd Place-13Abraham AncerPat McCarthy, Brandon Trosclair, Drew Cole

JACKSON, Miss. (October 25, 2017) – Tuesday evening, at the Allen Exploration Wednesday Pro-Am Pairings Party, CEO of Allen Exploration, Carl Allen and his wife, Gigi, made a surprise $500,000 donation to Batson Children’s Hospital.

“My wife and I went to Batson a few weeks ago and were blown away by what we saw. As we walked to the parking lot at the end of the visit, we hugged and thanked God that we are blessed with healthy children and grandchildren,” said Allen. “So tonight, I am making three commitments. First, to spread awareness about the hospital itself. Second, to restate my 10-year sponsorship alongside Sanderson Farms. And finally, to put my money where my mouth is, and donate a half million dollars to Batson Children’s Hospital, which is just the beginning.”

“We are extremely grateful for partners like Allen Exploration and good friends like Carl and Gigi Allen,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and President of the Board of Directors of Sanderson Farms. “Their continued support of the tournament and all that it means to Mississippi, complements our respective obligation to safeguard the health and well-being of our state’s children and their families.”

Tournament play for the 50th Sanderson Farms Championship begins this Thursday, October 26, and runs through Sunday, October 29, at The Country Club of Jackson.

About Allen Exploration

Allen Exploration pursues and funds a wide range of ventures including emerging technologies in life sciences, agriculture, rare mineral mining, virtual reality, and neural engineering. Allen’s goal is to support pioneering individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs engaged in cutting-edge research with the goal of making major discoveries.

The final field is set for the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

Today’s additions complete a full field of 132 players including Major Champions Davis Love III, Angel Cabrera, and Retief Goosen. The 2016 Sanderson Farms Champion, Cody Gribble, will return to Jackson to defend his title.

“We are thrilled about the variety of players this year,” said executive director Steve Jent. “From Major Champions, to fan favorites, and from vets to PGA TOUR rookies, we will offer a perfect experience to everyone who comes out.”

Tournament play for the 50th Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 26-29.