JACKSON, Miss. (October 4, 2020) – With eyes closed, Sergio Garcia putted his way to his 11th PGA TOUR win, and his 31st worldwide, at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship. This was Garcia’s first TOUR win since the 2017 Masters. The 40-year-old birdied the final hole to claim a one-shot victory over Peter Malnati, who himself is a former SFC champion, winning the tournament in 2015.

Garcia closed out the week at 5-under 67 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the Championship has been hosted for seven consecutive years. Finishing at 19-under 269, Garcia claimed a $1.188 million prize and 500 FedExCup points, moving him to #4 in the standings for the 2021 FedExCup.

“It’s obviously the perfect ending for an amazing week,” said Garcia. “I watched this tournament last year when my good friend Sebastian Munoz won and I thought, ‘That looks like a really nice course!’ This year, because of everything that happened, my schedule allowed me to play a few tournaments in the fall, so it was great to be here, to play the way I played, to believe in myself the way I did.”

“We couldn’t have scripted a more exciting finish to this year’s tournament,” said executive director Steve Jent. “To have Peter Malnati as a former champion post 18-under, and then have Sergio chase him down, was really fun to watch! And, based on the overall reviews I received from players and caddies this week, I’m really excited about the future!”

“We are delighted to have welcomed some of the best golfers in the world as we had a beautiful week in Mississippi,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. This year has been challenging for many people across the world and though we missed having spectators on the course, we are pleased to have had a wonderful week of championship golf through unconventional circumstances. Sergio put on an extraordinary performance and we are thrilled to welcome him as our new champion. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 and hope to have the wonderful weather again next year.”

Earlier this year, and for the second year in a row, the Sanderson Farms Championship won the “Best Charity Integration” award by the PGA TOUR following the 2019 tournament. The award recognizes the PGA TOUR tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. 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 numerous additional charities arounds the state.

The total amount raised by the 2020 tournament will be announced later this year.

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 $17 million for statewide charities, including $2.1 million in charitable impact in 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 10th 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, Inc.
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 18,000 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 companywide 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.

Allen X Pro-Am - Sanderson Farms Championship

1st place
Cameron Traingale/Stewart Cink (pros)
Dolph Baker, Max Bowman, Jim Poole – 54

2nd place
Henrik Norlander, Beau Hossler (pros)
Wayne Whitley, David Sinclair, Rod Freeman – 56

3rd place
Peter Malnati (pro – 18 holes)
David Gadd, Andrew Martin, Brock Martin – 57

1st place
Brian Harman/Matt Jones (pros)
Shawn Sullivan, Joseph Zuppardo, Manard Lagasse – 57*

2nd place
Byeong Hun An/Emiliano Grillo (pros)
Corey Bordes, Brett Lawson, David Calhoun – 57

3rd place
Denny McCarthy/Scott Brown (pros)
Keith Dallalio, Josh Johns, Jeff Robinson – 58*

*-denotes won on a tiebreaking playoff hole.

(September 30, 2020) – The final field is set for the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi.

The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship qualifier are MJ Daffue, Zack Fischer, Steve Lewton, and Jay McLuen.

Monday’s additions complete a full field of 144 players including Zach Johnson, 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including two majors, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship. Johnson is also the recipient of the 2020 Payne Stewart Award in honor of his character, sportsmanship, and dedication to charitable giving.

Also part of the field is Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters Champion and 2008 PLAYERS Championship winner), Henrik Stenson (2016 Open Championship winner, 2013 FedExCup Champion); Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship winner); Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters Champion); Luke Donald (2002 Sanderson Farms Champion and former #1 in the World); and Lucas Glover (2009 US Open Champion); and FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker (2012 FedExCup Champion).

The 2020 Sanderson Farms Champion, Sebastián Muñoz, is back to defend his title. Muñoz finished #8 in the 2020 FedExCup Championship.

Other past champions who are returning to compete are Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Luke Donald (2002), Bill Haas (2010), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), and D.J. Trahan (2006).

“Our priority remains to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “We’ve worked closely with the City of Jackson and State of Mississippi officials throughout this process, and even without fans present onsite this year, we are going to show off a great field to the world through the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, and PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM Ch. 92.”

Tournament play for the 53rd Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 1-4, 2020 at The Country Club of Jackson. For a full list of committed players, please visit:
sandersonfarmschampionship.com/schedules-events/committed-players.

1st place
William McGirt (pro)
Robert Crowe, Steve Weathersby, Paul Billingsly

2nd place
Michael Gligic (pro)
David Conn, Christopher Brister, Heath Graham

3rd place
Andrew Putnam (pro)
Peter Boehme, Judson Naifeh, Rick James

Published on Monday, September 28, 2020

By: Annie Oeth, aoeth@umc.edu

Jakia Jones of Vicksburg, a Children’s of Mississippi patient, colors a page in the Sanderson Farms Championship activity book included in the tournament backpack given to patients.

Spectators aren’t able to flock to the Country Club of Jackson this year, and gone are the social events that usually surround the Sanderson Farms Championship. The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the state’s only PGA TOUR event, but its mission of supporting Children’s of Mississippi is unchanged, organizers say.

Pat Busby, Century Club Charities president, speaks during the presentation of a tournament donation to benefit Children’s of Mississippi.

“Despite the difficult decisions necessitated by the COVID-19-related precautions, Century Club Charities remains committed to helping the Mississippi charities that depend on the tournament to support their annual operations,” said Pat Busby, president of Century Club Charities, the tournament’s host organization. “We still hope to have a very positive impact on Friends of Children’s Hospital and other Mississippi charities in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In August, tournament officials, in collaboration with the PGA TOUR, announced that the 53rd Sanderson Farms Championship would be played without spectators. Pro-Am play during tournament week starts today. All four rounds of the Sanderson Farms Championship will be broadcast on the Golf Channel Oct. 1-4.

Twice the winner of the PGA TOUR’s “Best Charity Integration” award for how Children’s of Mississippi has been incorporated into all facets of the event, the Sanderson Farms Championship is meeting the challenge of a pandemic with creativity and community support.

Using the hashtag #AllInForChildrens, the tournament has face masks with the logos of the Sanderson Farms Championship and Children’s of Mississippi for sale at sandersonfarmschampionship.com/mask.

Masks showcasing the Children’s of Mississippi and Sanderson Farms Championship logos are part of this year’s #AllInForChildrensfundraising campaign.

“Our hope is that this campaign will create a tangible sense of community engagement throughout the state for the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Sanderson Farms CEO and Chairman of the Board Joe F. Sanderson Jr. “Most importantly, we want to raise the dollars donated to Children’s of Mississippi that the 175,000 children treated in the children’s hospital and clinics annually depend on each year.”

The tournament has raised more than $7.6 million to benefit Children’s of Mississippi through Friends of Children’s Hospital since 2013, the year Sanderson Farms became title sponsor. Friends, a nonprofit that raises funds for the state’s only children’s hospital, pledged $20 million to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, which is chaired by Sanderson and his wife, Kathy.

Kathy and Joe Sanderson tour the Sanderson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi construction site.

The Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort to help fund the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s children’s hospital expansion, has raised more than 83 percent of its $100 million goal. The Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi will open in November.

In previous years, professional golfers in town for the tournament would stop by Children’s of Mississippi to visit hospital patients. Since visitation during the pandemic has been limited to parents, the Sanderson Farms Championship is brightening patients’ day another way.

A flock of chicken backpacks, each stuffed with an activity book, were delivered to Children’s of Mississippi child life specialists to share with patients.

Hospital inpatients, as well as outpatients at the Children’s of Mississippi Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, have enjoyed the bags, said child life specialist Ashley Prendez.

Prendez

“Part of what we do as child life specialists is to provide a sense of normalcy within the hospital setting. These activity packs are doing just that,” she said. “The Sanderson Farms Championship always keeps our patients at the heart of what they do. The gift bags are a hit with our patients, who love to color and draw.”

Bringing more color to the effort is watercolorist Wyatt Waters, who is donating 30 percent of sales from his 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship prints to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi.

Waters

“Every year I do a painting of the tournament for the Sandersons,” Waters said. “This year created a challenge, since there would be no spectators. I work from life.”

Adding a face mask dangling from a golf bag put a 2020 twist on this year’s print.

“Given the unique circumstances of this year’s tournament, coupled with our growing giclee business, we decided to offer this year’s – and past years’ – paintings as prints as a way to benefit Children’s of Mississippi. Children’s of Mississippi, the Sanderson Farms Championship and the Sandersons all do so much for our state,” Waters said. “This is a way to show our appreciation.

The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship print includes nods to the pandemic: There are no spectators except for Reveille the rooster, and a face mask dangles from the golf bag.

 

The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship print includes nods to the pandemic: There are no spectators except for Reveille the rooster, and a face mask dangles from the golf bag.

Tournament officials for the Sanderson Farms Championship, to be played the week of September 28-October 4, 2020 at The Country Club of Jackson, announced early player commitments this morning.

Early player commitments to the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship include the following PGA TOUR Professionals:

  • Sergio Garcia, 2017 Masters Champion and 2008 Players Championship winner;
  • Henrik Stenson, 2016 Open Championship winner and 2013 FedExCup Champion;
  • Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 Open Championship winner;
  • Charl Schwartzel, 2011 Masters Champion;
  • Luke Donald, 2002 Sanderson Farms Champion and former #1 in the World;
  • Lucas Glover, 2009 US Open Champion;
  • Jason Dufner, 2013 PGA Championship winner;
  • Brandt Snedeker, 2012 FedExCup Champion;
  • Si Woo Kim, 2017 The Players Championship winner;
  • KJ Choi, 2011 The Players Championship winner; and
  • Sebastián Muñoz, Defending Sanderson Farms Championship winner and #8 in 2020 FedExCup Championship.

“So many people have worked so hard, for so long, to improve the strength of our field, the golf course, and the charitable impact from this tournament that it is impossible to thank them all,” said Century Club Charities President Pat Busby. “With the fast greens and recent course improvements, the 2020 tournament should be a great warm up for this year’s Masters Tournament and a fast start for the 2020-21 FedExCup Season!”

“We sincerely appreciate the support of Sanderson Farms, our tournament sponsors, fans, volunteers, Pro-Am participants, tournament staff, vendors, players, caddies, the PGA TOUR, The Country Club of Jackson, and our Century Club Charities members, which allows us to continue making a positive impact on Mississippi charities,” Busby continued.

“Our priority remains to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “We’ve worked closely with the City of Jackson and State of Mississippi officials throughout this process, and even without fans present onsite this year, we are going to show off a great field to the world through the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, and PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM Ch. 92.”

For a full list of committed players, click here.

The Sanderson Farms Championship

Pro-Ams still possible, but fluid based on COVID-19 environment

JACKSON, Mississippi (August 10, 2020) – Sanderson Farms Championship tournament officials, in collaboration with the PGA TOUR, announced today that the 2020 event will be played without spectators. The 53rd Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 28-October 4, 2020 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS. All four rounds of the event will be broadcast live as planned on the Golf Channel, October 1-4.

As the well-being of Metro Jackson remains of utmost importance, Century Club Charities, the tournament’s host organization, will continue to work with the PGA TOUR and local and state government agencies to ensure the health and safety of the volunteers, players, caddies, and essential personnel allowed onsite to operate the tournament.

“As we have said from the start, our No. 1 priority remains the health and safety of everyone in the communities where we are invited guests each week,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Sanderson Farms Corporate staff, the Sanderson Farms Championship staff, the Century Club Charities organization, The Country Club of Jackson, and – of course – the fans of central Mississippi for understanding why collectively we had to make this decision. We remain very excited to present the Sanderson Farms Championship to a global audience as one of the first events of the 2020-21 FedExCup Season.

“While everyone involved is disappointed this is the direction we have to go, our team is still upbeat about the opportunity to host an outstanding tournament for the world’s best golf professionals, while showcasing the Sanderson Farms Championship and the beautiful course at The Country Club of Jackson to the rest of the world through the Golf Channel broadcast,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “This decision to play without spectators is the right call, given the circumstances, for the protection of everyone involved. I am extremely proud of our tournament staff and volunteers, and appreciate the way Sanderson Farms, the PGA TOUR, The Country Club of Jackson, the City of Jackson, and the State of Mississippi have worked with us during these unprecedented times.”

The ability to move forward with the John Soules Foods Pro-Am on Monday, September 28 and the Allen Exploration Pro-Am on Wednesday, September 30 remains undecided as of today.

“We are still hoping to have our Pro-Ams, but it is a fluid situation based on the COVID-19 environment,” said Jent. “If we do get the go-ahead, the Pro-Ams will not be open to the public, and full health and safety precautions will be in place for players and amateurs alike.” Virtually, all other tournament-related events have been postponed until 2021, including all onsite hospitality, luncheons, parties, and fan events.

“Despite the difficult decisions necessitated by the COVID-19-related precautions, Century Club Charities remains committed to helping the Mississippi charities that depend on the tournament to support their annual operations,” said Pat Busby, Century Club Charities President. “Charitable organizations nationwide are experiencing unprecedented demand on their services as the pandemic takes an economic and emotional toll on individuals and families. Mississippi is no different. We sincerely appreciate the support of Sanderson Farms, tournament sponsors, fans, volunteers, vendors, players, caddies, The Country Club of Jackson, and Century Club members throughout this process. We still hope to have a very positive impact on Friends of Children’s Hospital and other Mississippi charities in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Sanderson Farms Championship is able to provide tremendous charitable impact because of the caring people who support it through giving their time, talent, and resources,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Sanderson Farms CEO and Chairman of the Board. “While there will be no spectators this year, we know our community will continue to rally around this tournament in new ways. Everyone has been impacted by this pandemic; however, Mississippians know about resiliency and how to come together to support one another. While this may be different, it certainly will not define us or the incredible things we can do together.”

An extensive health and safety plan for screening and testing will be in place including a mandatory health questionnaire and temperature readings for everyone onsite each day, as well as COVID-19 testing for players, caddies, and personnel working in specific areas. In addition, the tournament will implement enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting practices in all areas of tournament operations in accordance with state and local guidelines.

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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 $17 million for statewide charities, including $2.1 million in charitable impact in 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 10th 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, Inc.
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 18,000 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 companywide 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.

April 16, 2020 – With additional time needed to ensure PGA TOUR tournaments are staged in the most safe and responsible manner possible given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the PGA TOUR is announcing further schedule modifications for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, as well as plans for the opening portion of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season, the restart of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season and updates regarding the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada schedule.

“The health and safety of all associated with the PGA TOUR and our global community continues to be our No. 1 priority, and our hope is to play a role – responsibly – in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Today’s announcement is another positive step for our fans and players as we look toward the future, but as we’ve stressed on several occasions, we will resume competition only when – working closely with our tournaments, partners and communities – it is considered safe to do so under the guidance of the leading public health authorities.”

The PGA TOUR had previously targeted the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge (May 18-24) as the restart of the TOUR season, which has been suspended since THE PLAYERS Championship was canceled on Thursday, March 12. For health and safety reasons due to COVID-19, today’s announcement delays that timeline three weeks – to June 8, starting with the Charles Schwab Challenge – with additional tournaments being repositioned between then and the season’s conclusion, which is the TOUR Championship, ending on Labor Day (September 7).

At this time, the TOUR plans to resume play with the first four events closed to the general public but will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of local and state authorities in order to determine the most appropriate on-site access in each market. As such, the TOUR will continually review available COVID-19-related protocols that could be implemented at PGA TOUR events to ensure the health and well-being for all involved.

All three events that were previously scheduled between May 18 and June 8 – the Charles Schwab Challenge, Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide – have been moved to later dates in the calendar.

The RBC Heritage, originally slated for this week (April 13-19) but canceled on March 17, has been added back to the PGA TOUR schedule in the week formerly occupied by the U.S. Open, which – as previously announced – has been postponed to September.

The RBC Canadian Open, originally scheduled for the week of June 8, has been canceled. Click here for a statement from the RBC Canadian Open. The Barbasol Championship, originally scheduled for July 13-19 opposite The Open Championship, has been canceled. The Open Championship was canceled on April 6.

Three invitationals on the updated schedule, the Charles Schwab Challenge (120 players), RBC Heritage (132 players) and the Memorial Tournament (120 players), will see their respective field sizes increase to 144 to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA TOUR members.

Summary of PGA TOUR events from 2019-20 schedule affected by date changes or cancellations:

  • RBC Canadian Open, originally scheduled for the week of June 8-14, has been canceled;
  • Charles Schwab Challenge, originally scheduled for May 18-24, rescheduled to June 8-14 (former RBC Canadian Open dates);
  • RBC Heritage, originally scheduled for April 13-19, rescheduled to June 15-21 (former U.S. Open dates);
  • Rocket Mortgage Classic, originally scheduled for May 25-31, rescheduled to July 2-5 (former World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Barracuda Championship dates);
  • the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, originally scheduled for June 1-7, rescheduled to July 13-19 (former The Open Championship/Barbasol Championship dates);
  • World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Barracuda Championship, originally scheduled for June 29-July 5, rescheduled to July 27-August 2 (former Olympic Games men’s golf competition dates);
  • Barbasol Championship, originally scheduled for July 13-19 opposite The Open Championship, has been canceled;
  • Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, originally scheduled for March 23-29 and postponed on March 12, has been rescheduled as part of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season schedule, September 21-27 (opposite the Ryder Cup);
  • The April 6 golf industry announcement outlined changes to the four major championships as well as the Wyndham Championship and the three FedExCup Playoffs events.

Revised 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season schedule:

  • June 8-14: Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
  • June 15-21: RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • June 22-28: Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
  • July 2-July 5: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
  • July 6-12: John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
  • July 13-19: the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
  • July 20-26: 3M Open, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
  • July 27-August 2: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
  • July 27-August 2: Barracuda Championship, Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, California
  • August 3-9: PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
  • August 10-16: Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • August 17-23: THE NORTHERN TRUST, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
  • August 24-30: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois
  • August 31-September 7: TOUR Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

With 22 events having been played through the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, the adjusted season-long schedule – subject to change – now consists of 36 events, including three FedExCup Playoffs events concluding with the TOUR Championship over Labor Day weekend, where the 2020 FedExCup Champion will be crowned.

With the health and safety of all associated with the PGA TOUR tournaments being of utmost importance, the TOUR will be working with its media partners on production plans upon the restart to the season. CBS is scheduled to televise the Charles Schwab Challenge through THE NORTHERN TRUST (11 consecutive events, inclusive of PGA Championship), and NBC is scheduled to televise the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship, culminating on Labor Day Monday.

2020-21 PGA TOUR Season:
Additionally, the TOUR today introduced the season-opening weeks of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season, which now has 13 FedExCup events, including – as announced on April 6 by the USGA and Augusta National Golf Club, respectively – the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament.

“This portion of our 2020-21 schedule is possible only because of the many partners who have worked tirelessly to grow their events and impact the lives of those in need in their respective communities, and our players, who have embraced the expanded fall schedule in recent years,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “We’d like to express our appreciation to the leadership of the Safeway Open, Houston Open and Mayakoba Golf Classic – which will conclude our calendar year schedule in Riviera Maya, Mexico – for their flexibility, which allowed for the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament to be played in the fall. The accommodations will help the global golf community maximize the 2020 calendar, which will be incredibly impactful for our fans and put us in a strong position heading into 2021.”

2020-21 PGA TOUR Season Schedule (fall portion):

  • September 7-13: Safeway Open, Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
  • September 14-20: U.S. Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York
  • September 21-27: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin
  • September 21-27: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • September 28-October 4: Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
  • October 5-11: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • October 12-18: THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
  • October 19-25: ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • October 26-November 1: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
  • October 26-November 1: Bermuda Championship, Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda
  • November 2-8: Houston Open, Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
  • November 9-15: Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
  • November 16-22: The RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside and Plantation), Sea Island, Georgia
  • November 23-29: Open week (Thanksgiving)
  • November 30-December 6: Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleón Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • # November 30-December 6: Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, Bahamas
  • # December 7-13: QBE Shootout, Tiburón GC, Naples, Florida
  • # December 14-20: PNC Father-Son Challenge, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida

# indicates unofficial event

Korn Ferry Tour Schedule
In addition to the PGA TOUR’s schedule modifications, the Korn Ferry Tour announced the postponement of the Evans Scholars Invitational (May 18-24), as well as the cancellation of the REX Hospital Open (May 25-31), BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation (June 1-7) and Live + Work in Maine Open (June 8-14). The Tour will return to competition with a new tournament to be contested in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the week of June 8-14. The $600,000 event will be held at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course) and operated by the Korn Ferry Tour without fans in attendance. The Dye’s Valley Course served as host of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship from 2013 through 2015.

Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is postponing the first six scheduled events of its 2020 season. The tournaments affected are the Canada Life Open in Vancouver (May 28-31); the DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist in Victoria (June 4-7); the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna (June 11-14); the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open in Lethbridge (June 25-28); the Prince Edward Island Pro-Am in Cardigan (July 2-5); and the Osprey Valley Open outside Toronto, in Caledon (July 9-12). The Mackenzie Tour expects to make more announcements in the next couple weeks with additional information about the 2020 schedule, as well as Qualifying Tournament sites and dates.

PGA TOUR Champions, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China
Information regarding PGA TOUR Champions and the PGA TOUR’s other two International Tours, in Latin America and China, will be announced in the coming weeks.


JACKSON, Miss. (January 9, 2020) – For the sixth year in a row, Century Club Charities has set a record in philanthropy, announcing a $1.3 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital from the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship.

At a news conference Thursday, the tournament host presented a check to Friends, the fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pediatric health care mission, including the state’s only children’s hospital.

“Children’s of Mississippi treats 150 to 175 thousand children per year from every city and county in the state of Mississippi. Today’s $1.3 million contribution is a Mississippi statewide event,” stated Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “The real winner is not the Sanderson Farms Championship winner, but the patients, their families, and the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s of Mississippi who provide miraculous care to the children of Mississippi, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As Sanderson Farms has done so extremely well, we encourage all Mississippi businesses to recognize the statewide effect and get involved to support the mission of Century Club Charities.”

This dedication was honored for a second consecutive year by the PGA TOUR with its “Best Charity Integration” award, which recognizes the tournament that best incorporates its charity and theme into all facets of the event.

Children’s of Mississippi, UMMC’s pediatric arm, is highly visible during the Sanderson Farms Championship, with patients, doctors, and nurses greeting tournament spectators. Likewise, PGA TOUR players and members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association stop in to visit patients and families at Children’s of Mississippi during tournament week.

“It’s really rewarding for the tournament to set another record for our annual donation to Friends and Children’s of Mississippi,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent.  “I’m really excited for our staff, volunteers, sponsors and, more importantly, the patients at Children’s that our first year as a stand-alone event was so successful.”

The record-breaking donation from the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship follows $1.25 million raised in 2018, $1.2 million raised in 2017, $1.125 million raised in 2016, $1.109 million raised in 2015 and the $1.102 million raised in 2014. The 2013 tournament, the first year Sanderson Farms was the title sponsor, raised more than $500,000 for Friends.

The donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital will go toward bringing a seven-story children’s hospital expansion to completion. In 2016, Friends made a $20 million pledge to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, the philanthropic effort to raise $100 million to fund the project, which will more than double the square footage devoted to pediatrics at UMMC.

Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman Joe Sanderson Jr., who chairs the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi with his wife, Kathy, said the tournament will have a stand-alone date on the PGA TOUR schedule again this year, attracting a stronger field of competitors.

“The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship will be bigger, better, and hopefully cooler,” he said. The tournament will be held at The Country Club of Jackson Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

While the Sandersons enjoy tournament week, the day when Century Club Charities presents its donation to Friends is their favorite. “It’s almost like Christmas,” he said. “It’s when we give back to the children and families, and the doctors, nurses, and staff of the children’s hospital.”

The Sandersons launched the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi in 2016 with a $10 million personal donation.

“The work of so many to help children get a healthy start in life through Children’s of Mississippi is humbling,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

“We are so thankful for our partners and their generosity,” Woodward said. “Their dedication to pediatric health will benefit children now and into the future. We are honored and grateful to have, as supporters, people who have such a heart for children and families.”

The new pediatric tower will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 12 additional operating rooms, 32 pediatric intensive care rooms, an imaging center designed for children, a specialty clinic and a new lobby. The Children’s Heart Center, representing the Medical Center’s pediatric cardiovascular program, will also call the new building home.

Under construction since early 2018, the Children’s of Mississippi expansion will open in fall 2020.

To join in the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, visit growchildrens.org.

“There are so many people that make a day like today happen. Golf is an individual sport, one guy wins, but he has a huge team behind him just as we have a huge team who puts this tournament together,” added Jent“It is because of our team – the people, volunteers, and community support that an event of this magnitude has become such a success. It’s exciting to see the impact we are making in our community.”

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 tenth 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(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 $16 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 17,000 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 in 1947.

About Friends of Children’s Hospital

Supporting Mississippi’s only Children’s Hospital, Friends of Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit organization benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. Founded in 1989, Friends works to support and promote Mississippi’s only hospital designed and equipped specifically for the care and treatment of sick or injured children. Their goal is to raise money for state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and services for all pediatric patients by building a statewide base of community support. Voluntarism, fundraising events and awareness efforts make it possible for Friends to help Batson Children’s Hospital meet the EXTRAordinary needs of caring for its patients.

About Children’s of Mississippi

Children’s of Mississippi, part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, encompasses all of 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.

About the University of Mississippi Medical Center

UMMC is the state’s only academic medical center. Its education, research and health care missions share the objectives of improving the health of the state’s population and eliminating health disparities. Located in Jackson, UMMC encompasses seven health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry, pharmacy, graduate studies and population health. The Medical Center’s health care enterprise includes the state’s only Level I trauma center, only children’s hospital, and only organ and bone marrow transplant program. The Medical Center also is home to a Telehealth Center of Excellence, one of two in the nation.

 

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