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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Ricky Barnes
Chris Rhodes
Ross Tucker
Briggs Hopson

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Cameron Davis
Derek Benedetto
Mark Westmoland
Randy Lanclos

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David Hearn
Brian Alexander
Charlie Long
Zach Hawayek

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Tyler Duncan
Craig Ray
Steve Azar
Billy Nowell

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Scott Stallings
Keith Carter
Forrest Roberts
Brandon Trosclair

3rd Place (-16)

Patrick Rodgers
Jason Welford
Henry Hamill
Danny Crozier

JACKSON, Miss. (October 24, 2018) – Tuesday evening, at the Allen Exploration Pro-Am Pairings Party held during the Sanderson Farms Championship, Carl Allen, Allen Exploration CEO, made a surprise repeat $500,000 donation to the Growing campaign for Children’s of Mississippi. Allen, and his wife, Gigi, from Dallas TX, are close personal friends with the Sandersons, and just last year donated a half million dollars to the campaign.

“My wife, Gigi, and I are fully committed to the children in Mississippi and especially those at Batson Children’s Hospital through the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Allen. “We both recognize that you can’t effect change unless you effect it at the level of the children.”

The Allens are heavily involved in other children’s endeavors including the Wichita, Kansas based organization Envision, created to improve the lives of those with vision loss. Their philanthropy reaches outside the U.S. to children in the Bahamas, helping with their educational needs though the gift of technology.

The $100 million dollar Growing campaign will fund the construction of a major expansion of pediatric health care facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, including a new tower and a dramatic renovation of the existing space. The new facilities will support Children’s of Mississippi’s world-class physicians and staff and the already excellent level of care they provide.

Construction plans for the expansion include an outpatient clinic, private neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms for the state’s most fragile patients, an imaging suite designed for children, surgery suites, and a conference center designed to accommodate the many wonderful community partners, dignitaries, and volunteers who visit Children’s of Mississippi.

When complete, this project will give the children of Mississippi a modern, friendly, welcoming place where they can receive best-practice medical care. The heartfelt goal for the Growing campaign is to give all of Mississippi’s children a stronger chance for a full and healthy life.

“Our pediatric expansion and the effect it will have on the future of children’s health care in this state depends on compassionate and generous partners like Carl and Gigi Allen,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “We can’t thank them enough for now two amazing announcements of gifts that will help us grow so Mississippi’s kids have the chance to grow up healthy and strong.”

Joe Sanderson and his wife, Kathy, are chairs of the Growing campaign and helped launch the effort in 2016 with a $10 million personal pledge. With tonight’s announcement from Allen, the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi has raised $66.5 million of the $100 million goal. To get more information about the campaign or make a gift, visit growchildrens.org.

“Kathy, myself and everyone at Sanderson Farms could not be more grateful to Carl Allen and his family for their recent commitment to Mississippi’s children,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and President of the Board of Directors of Sanderson Farms. “This happened because of our friendship with Carl and Gigi, not because we do business together. They came to Jackson and visited the hospital, were touched by what they saw and felt compelled to give back.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, is being hosted at The Country Club of Jackson this week by Century Club Charities. Funds raised through the tournament are donated to Friends of Children’s Hospital, among other Mississippi charities.

Tournament play for the 51st Sanderson Farms Championship begins this Thursday, October 25, and runs through Sunday, October 28.

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About Allen Exploration
Carl Allen formed Allen Exploration, LLC (AEX) in 2016 to research, explore and improve the world’s oceans. AEX searches for sunken history and strives to improve the oceans’ environment. The Allen Family Office invests in numerous asset classes including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, direct investments, co-investments and angel investments.  Allen Exploration also manages the AEX Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund (“AXGT”).

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 eighth year as a part of the FedExCupSanderson 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© 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.

About Children’s of Mississippi
Children’s of Mississippi, part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, encompasses all the pediatric services available at UMMC and at clinical sites throughout Mississippi.  At the heart of these services is Batson Children’s Hospital, the state’s only hospital devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured children. The Children’s of Mississippi network brings specialized clinical care for children to communities across the state, making it easier for families to get the treatment they need closer to home.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jana Bell
Maris, West & Baker
jana.bell@mwb.com
601.842.8748

Annie Oeth
UMMC Division of Public Affairs
aoeth@umc.edu
601.984.1122

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Carl Pettersson
David Roberts
Russ Etherton
Brian Schmoekel

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Dylan Frittelli
John Soules, Jr.
Greg Nichols
Jeff Bruce

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

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JACKSON, Miss. (October 23, 2018) – The final field is set for the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship qualifier are Dawson Armstrong, Garrett Osborn, Chad Ramey, and Tim Wilkinson.

Today’s additions complete a full field of 132 players including Major Champions Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Retief Goosen, and Cameron Davis. The 2017 Sanderson Farms Champion, Ryan Armour, will return to Jackson to defend his title. Other past champions who are returning to compete are Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), Chad Campbell (2007), and D.J. Trahan (2006).

“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety and caliber of players this year,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “We have something to offer everyone who comes out, Major Champions, fan favorites, seasoned vets, PGA TOUR rookies, and even a local State Am winner.”

Tournament play for the 51st Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 25-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson.

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.

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Allen X Pro-Am - Sanderson Farms Championship

JACKSON, Miss. (October 22, 2018) — The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that celebrated pro athletes Herschel Walker and Paul Maholm have committed to play in the tournament’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am. The Pro-Am event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, with morning and afternoon tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. and noon, respectively. The 51st Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 22-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

“We are offering spectators free ticketed admission to come out to the course in support of these legends as they play alongside our pro golfers in Wednesday’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “Tickets for this event are available for pick up at the Will-Call/Spectator Parking area at Northpark.” 

Herschel Walker, a Heisman trophy winner, Olympic bobsledder, successful businessman, and author, began his famed college football career at the University of Georgia, earning three consensus All-American honors before going on to play professional football for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. In 1999, Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Walker is honored to also work with various programs on military bases by mentoring and motivating our dedicated men and women of the military.

Walker owns and runs Savannah based Renaissance Man Food Service selling protein and various other items under the H. Walker Foods and Famous 34 brands. A portion of all profits from Herschel’s Famous 34 is donated to charity. In addition to other charitable work, Walker regularly gives motivational speeches at schools and events nationwide. 

Hailing from Holly Springs, retired Major League pitcher and standout Diamond Dawg Paul Maholm, is a 2018 inductee into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame. Maholm was an All-SEC and All-American pitcher for the Bulldogs from 2001-03. He finished his three-year college career with 27 wins and 273-career strikeouts. Maholm led the team in wins and strikeouts each of his three seasons. In 2001, he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In 2003, he was the eighth MLB draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent 10 years in the Majors, winning 77 games and compiling 984 strikeouts with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Throughout the years, Maholm has given back to his various communities through charitable contributions and voluntarism. He is heavily involved with Chip n Fore Heroes, an annual golf tournament and auction that helps fund the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship Endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi. The endowment provides support to a USM student who is the child, or grandchild, of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic/EMT.    

“On behalf of Sanderson Farms, I want to thank these gentlemen for their participation in the Allen Exploration Pro-Am, which in turn supports the Friends of Children’s Hospital and 65 additional charities through the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are humbled that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to make a difference for the children in our state.”

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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 Allen Exploration  

Carl Allen formed Allen Exploration, LLC (AEX) in 2016 to research, explore and improve the world’s oceans.  AEX searches for sunken history and strives to improve the oceans’ environment. The Allen Family Office invests in numerous asset classes including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, direct investments, co-investments and angel investments.  Allen Exploration also manages the AEX Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund (“AXGT”).

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.

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.