PGA TOUR event honored for “Best Charity Integration” in 2018

The Sanderson Farms Championship (Jackson, Mississippi) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on December 6.

The Sanderson Farms Championship earned an award for “Best Charity Integration” during the 2018 tournament at The Country Club of Jackson.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to congratulate the Sanderson Farms Championship for this special recognition,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The tournament committee should be extremely proud of its hard work and innovation in making the tournament the best among its peers on TOUR.”

The “Best Charity Integration” Award recognizes the tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. Through onsite activation, year-round community initiatives and title sponsor engagement, the Sanderson Farms Championship is united around its charitable impact to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a non-profit benefiting the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, Batson Children’s Hospital.

The Sanderson Farms Championship won the award for Best Charity Integration among all PGA TOUR tournaments last night at the PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Awards Dinner. The other finalists were the Honda Classic and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The award is given to the tournament that best incorporates their charitable goals into the tournament.

“We are very excited and proud to be the recipient of this award,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “Our staff and constituents have worked very hard these last five years to ensure the patients at Batson Children’s Hospital are woven into the fabric of our event. To be recognized as being the Best Charity Integration on the PGA TOUR is very gratifying for Sanderson Farms and Century Club Charities.”

“Without question, this is the best award we could have received. To be mentioned with the Pebble Beach tournament, which raised $13 million, and the Honda Classic whose primary charity is the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is quite an honor in itself, said Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities President. To win is simply fantastic, and a real credit to Steve Jent and his staff, as well as the Century Club and all of our volunteers. I could not be more proud of our tournament.”

Batson Children’s Hospital is highly visible onsite during tournament week with patients, doctors and nurses greeting spectators at the main entrance. Branded elements such as tickets, signage, tee markers and client badges also help deliver the charitable message. Additionally, the televised message in the tournament broadcast typically reserved for the title sponsor CEO is instead presented by a hospital executive.

At the 2018 event, PGA TOUR players made time to visit and interact with sick children at the hospital while highlighting the tournament’s charitable endeavors. Keynote speakers Erin and Ben Napier from HGTV’s “Home Town” also presented awareness of the charitable initiative during Tuesday’s Women’s Day Luncheon, while members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association hosted a party for patients at The Country Club of Jackson.

In 2017, more than $300,000 was donated to local charities across the state, in addition to a record breaking $1.2 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital. Tournament proceeds will fund construction of a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower that will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 10 additional operating rooms, more pediatric intensive care space, a pediatric imaging center, an outpatient clinic and a new lobby. Sanderson Farms Inc. CEO Joe Sanderson, and his wife Kathy, are chairs of the $100 million fundraising campaign and personally pledged $10 million over the next five years.

The award represents the third time the tournament has been recognized at the PGA TOUR Tournament Meetings, but the first since 2010 when it received “Best Special Event.”

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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 Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $13.5 million for statewide charities.

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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

JACKSON, Miss. (October 28, 2018) — In his second start as a PGA TOUR member, rookie Cameron Champ lived up to his name, with at least a share of the lead the entire tournament. Champ, with his dominating long drives, played the front nine in 1 over to fall into a tie, yet came back at the end with five birdies on his last six holes to win the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 23-year-old carried a four-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round, closing out with a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory, securing his win at 21-under 267. Champ, in his 9th career start on the PGA TOUR, earned his PGA TOUR card through the Web.com Tour, thanks in part to winning the 2018 Utah Championship. With today’s Sanderson Farms Championship win, he claims a $792,000 prize and 300 FedExCup points.

Champ, a Texas A&M golfer from Sacramento, joins eleven players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first TOUR win, including each of the last four: Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Chris Kirk (2011), D.J. Trahan (2006), Luke Donald (2002), Cameron Beckman (2001), Willie Wood (1996), Ed Dougherty (1995) and Brian Henninger (1994).

“First off, I’d like to thank my parents, my family, and close friends who have supported me all throughout the year,” said Champ. “I especially want to mention my Papa Champ back home. I wish he could be in Mississippi to celebrate this win with us, but I know he is at home watching. He is the man who made this happen for me.”

“Since this time last year, I graduated from college, went to Q school, then won the Web.com Tour in Utah,” Champ continued. “And now on my second start on the PGA TOUR, I have my first win.”

With a rainy then chilly start to the tournament, the weather improved each day, with picture perfect clear skies and temps in the low 80’s for Sunday’s finale.

“We have enjoyed a spectacular week of championship golf and, are very excited to have this fine young man represent our tournament as our champion,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are thrilled that we have another first time winner as our champion. Cameron put on a superb display of golf this week.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the fifth of 46 events in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the young patients at Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 35+ additional charities arounds the state.

“This tournament was brought to you on behalf of the 275 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, and of course the best Tournament Director on the PGA TOUR, Steve Jent, and his incredible staff.”

In addition to world-class golf, the tournament staff seamlessly executed a number of events throughout the week, including two Pro-Ams, a sold-out Women’s Day luncheon, clinics for youth and special needs, and a host of other activities for everyone.

“Interest in the Sanderson Farms Championship has increased every year, as evidenced by the increase in sales and spectator attendance,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “New sponsors came on board, Pro-Ams were sold out early, and media participation has increased every year, translating into more contributions to charity.” The total amount raised by the tournament will be announced in early 2019.

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 Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $13.5 million for statewide charities.

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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

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2018 proceeds from the Sanderson Farms Championship will go towards the expansion efforts happening at Batson Children’s Hospital. The new medical tower underway will be a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower, home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, ten additional operating rooms, more pediatric intensive care space, a pediatric imaging center and an outpatient clinic. Joe and Kathy Sanderson are chairs of the $100 million fundraising campaign and personally pledged $10 million over the next five years.

1st place (-18)

Carl Pettersson
David Roberts
Russ Etherton
Brian Schmoekel

2nd Place (-17)

Dylan Frittelli
John Soules, Jr.
Greg Nichols
Jeff Bruce

3rd Place (-14)

Kevin Stadler
Tommy Stansell
William Van Devender
Sidney Allen, Jr.

2017 Sanderson Farms Championship

With one week before the start of the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship, tournament officials are excited to announce player commitments.

The field of 132 players includes Defending Champion, Ryan Armour (2017). Other past champions who have committed to this year’s tournament are Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Bill Haas (2010) Champion and the 2011 FedExCup Champion), Chris Kirk (2011), Chad Campbell (2007), and D.J. Trahan (2006).

Also joining the field of play is two-time US Open Champion Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004); Major Champions Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open Champion), Cameron Davis (2017 Australian Open Champion), Amateur Champions Curtis Luck (2016 US Amateur Champion), and Jackson’s own Wilson Furr (2018 Mississippi State Amateur Champion).

Other notables include Ricky Barnes, Jonathan Randolph (Former Ole Miss standout and Brandon resident), Dylan Frittelli (highest world ranking of the current players in the field at #73) Stuart Appleby, Jonathan Byrd, Hudson Swafford, Harris English, Ben Crane, Trey Mullinax, and Tom Lovelady.

“Our event continues to grow in stature among the PGA TOUR players, and I think this is reflected in the strength of our field to date,” said Executive Director Steve Jent.

The 51st Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 22-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS. For the full field, visit SFC Committed Players.

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.

2017 Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship is proud to honor Mississippi’s first responders by offering them and one guest free admission to the tournament, courtesy of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation. The PGA TOUR event is set for October 22-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson.

 First responders who show their official identification may pick up two (2) free tournament Daily Grounds Tickets at Will Call, located at the general spectator parking area at Northpark.

“Mississippi first responders include fire rescue, EMT/EMS employees, law enforcement officers, and 911 dispatchers. First responders are special individuals who serve to help keep our loved-ones safe,” said foundation board member John Lewis. “This is just a small way that we can salute the crucial and vital role these men and women play in helping our communities.”

For all other spectators, Good-Any-Day grounds tickets to this year’s championship are $30 and are available online through Ticketmaster.com, at Edwin Watts on County Line Road, Nevada Bob’s on I-55 North in the LeFleur Shopping Center, and at Will Call during the week of the tournament. Admission to the Allen Exploration Pro-Am on Wednesday, October 24 is free to the public. Youth, ages 18 and under, receive free admission each day with a ticketed adult.

About Gertrude C. Ford
Gertrude C. Ford was raised in a generations-old tradition of philanthropy, which began more than 150 years ago with a $25 donation from her family to the Andrew Female College Building Fund in Randolph County, Georgia. Mrs. Ford established the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation in Jackson with a very generous gift in 1991. Mrs. Ford died in September 1996. She and her husband, Aaron Lane Ford, an Ackerman attorney and U.S. congressman representing what was then Mississippi’s Fourth District, are buried in Cuthbert, a small town in southwest Georgia.

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.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that Jackson-based Capital City Beverages, distributor of Corona Premier, has joined the 2018 PGA TOUR event as the official sponsor of the Corona Premier Patio on the 18th Fairway. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, October 22-28, 2018.

The Patio on the 18th Fairway is the tournament’s main concessions area and it includes a 9’ x 16’ large screen television for football and golf viewing. Corona Premier will be the Official Beer of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

“We are excited to have Capital City Beverages and Corona Premier sponsor the Corona Premier Patio on the 18th Fairway,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Also, we’ll be serving Corona Premier, Miller Lite, Coors Light, and other Capital City Beverages beers in all concessions and at parties/events during the week. We greatly appreciate the Drennan and Bertucci families coming alongside us as we continue to grow our charitable giving.”

Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for the event, raising approximately $1.46 million in 2017 for Mississippi charities. Now in its 51st year, Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event has raised over $13.5 million for charity, primarily Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization created to support Children’s of Mississippi.

“Capital City Beverages is thrilled to join forces with the Sanderson Farms Championship as the sponsor of the Corona Premier Patio and as the official beer provider,” said Brian Drennan, Vice President and General Manager of Capital City Beverages. “We are proud to support the event and its primary charitable recipient, Friends of Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi, as well as other charities throughout our state.”

About Capital City Beverages
Established in Jackson, Mississippi in 1941, Capital City Beverages is one of the South’s leading domestic and imported beverage distributors, and is poised to continue its journey of growth and success. Family owned and operated for four generations, they distribute to over 1500 customers in 18 Mississippi counties.

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.

Mountain Dew - Dr Pepper - sponsor of Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Mountain Dew and Dr Pepper brands, distributed by Brown Bottling Group of Ridgeland, will return for the sixth consecutive year as the official Volunteer Sponsor for the PGA TOUR event. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, October 22-28, 2018.

Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for the event, raising approximately $1.46 million in 2017 for Mississippi charities. Now in its 51st year, Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event has raised over $13.5 million for charity, primarily Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization created to support Children’s of Mississippi.

“Brown Bottling Group is elated to again partner with the Sanderson Farms Championship as the official Volunteer Sponsor,” said Shelley Brown Floyd, Executive Vice President at Brown Bottling Group. “We are two Mississippi entities united with a common goal of supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi, as well as other charities statewide.”

Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship, said, “We are thrilled that Mountain Dew and Dr Pepper are back as the official Volunteer Sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The commitment of Brown Bottling, combined with the dedication of our volunteers, is key to making this event possible. It is extremely important to us that our volunteers are well taken care of and have a wonderful experience.”

The tournament needs 1,000+ volunteers each year to serve in a variety of positions. Many statewide companies provide a large number of the tournament’s volunteers by sponsoring their employees as volunteer groups. Individual volunteer opportunities are available for those 15 and older. In order to reserve a spot on their preferred committee, those interested are encouraged to sign up early.

For details of each position please click here: Volunteer Opportunities. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Championship office at 601.898.4653 or email kacie@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

About Brown Bottling Group
Established in Mississippi since 1971, Brown Bottling Group is a franchise distributor for Pepsi-Cola and Dr Pepper beverages representing the top-selling products in virtually every category of the beverage industry covering soft drinks, juices, sport drinks, water, coffee and tea. As a total beverage company, their commitment to providing the best product by the best-trained employees at a fair price guarantees their success.

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.

Blue Cross Bue Shield of MS - sponsor of Sanderson Farms Championship

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has recommitted as Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship Youth Events. The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 22-28 at The Country Club of Jackson.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will sponsor Monday’s Youth Clinic for Jackson Public Middle School students and the Kids’ Zone venue, open Thursday-Sunday.

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is proud to continue our support of the Sanderson Farms Championship events that highlight the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for our youth,” said Bryan Lagg, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Sales. “These events introduce future generations of Mississippians to a sport that can be a lifelong part of living healthy.”

About Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is the state’s health and wellness leader providing members with benefits, tools and resources to be healthy through staying active, eating healthy and having an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider. We partner with Network Providers, employers and communities to create healthy places to live and work in our state, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi employees are helping to enrich communities through the Team Blue employee volunteer program. With Team Blue, employees are actively engaged in giving back to the community through thousands of hours of community service each year. Learn more at www.bcbsms.com.

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.

Trustmark - Sponsor Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Trustmark has recommitted to being a presenting sponsor of the Military Outpost during the 2018 tournament. The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 22-28 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Military Outpost will be a hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military units from around the state of Mississippi will be entertained during the tournament. Guest groups will include active-duty, reserve, and retired military, as well as veterans. Trustmark is also the presenting sponsor of the Sponsor Party on Thursday night of tournament week.

“We are honored to offer our Military a special, complimentary hospitality experience to enjoy while watching the tournament,” Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing Melanie Morgan stated. “The sponsorship of this pavilion is our way of expressing gratitude and appreciation to our veterans, as well as active-duty, reserve and retired military service members for their commitment, courage, and bravery to keeping America free.”

About Trustmark
Trustmark (NASDAQ:TRMK) is a diversified financial services company providing banking and financial solutions through approximately 200 offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

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.