The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that Tournament Partner Trustmark has recommitted to be the presenting sponsor of The Outpost during the 2022 tournament.

Sanderson Farms Championship, in it’s 55th year, is scheduled for September 26-October 2, 2022 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military and first responder units from Mississippi gather annually to relax and enjoy the tournament. Guest military include active-duty, reserve, and retired service members, as well as veterans. First Responders include Fire, Police, Emergency Personnel, and 911 Dispatchers.

Members of the military and first responders (and one guest per person) will be admitted free each day to the 2022 tournament. Military and first responders who upload their official identification online may access two (2) free mobile Daily Grounds Tickets through a link on the SFC website ticket page or by creating an account through Spinzo. Please click the hyperlink to be taken directly to the SFC Spinzo page.

“We are honored to offer our military guests and first responders a special, complimentary location to enjoy the tournament,” said Melanie Morgan, Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing. “Trustmark’s sponsorship of The Outpost is a way for us to express our deepest appreciation to veterans, as well as active-duty, reserve, and retired military service members and first responders for their commitment, courage, and bravery.”

“We are excited to host our vital military and first responders at The Outpost,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “It’s really important for us to be able to show our appreciation to these heroes for what they do for the nation and our communities.”

For the ninth year, Trustmark will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the Tournament’s Sponsor Party held during tournament week.

2017 John Soules Pro-Am

Officials for the Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that all available John Soules Foods Pro-Am teams have been sold for this year’s tournament. John Soules Foods is serving as the Pro-Am’s Presenting Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year. The John Soules Foods Pro-Am will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022.

“John Soules Foods is honored to be part of the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship,” said John Soules, Jr., CEO of John Soules Foods. “We can’t think of a better way to help Century Club Charities and Children’s of Mississippi. We hope to be associated with the Championship for years to come.”

“We are extremely grateful to John Soules Foods for continuing to generously support the Sanderson Farms Championship and our charitable endeavors for Mississippi and our children,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms.

“The Pro-Am events are unique to the PGA TOUR, differentiating it from other professional sports,” said executive director Steve Jent. “Having Monday’s John Soules Foods Pro-Am sell out this early is an exciting show of backing from not only our community partners but the many Sanderson Farms vendors who participate.”

Pro-Ams give amateur golfers the opportunity to play alongside professional players and engage with some of the biggest names in the game. This year’s John Soules Foods Pro-Am will be played in a walking, shamble format, comprised of three amateurs and one PGA TOUR professional.

The 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 26-October 2 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Sanderson Farms Championship

JACKSON, Miss. (July 14, 2022) – Online sales are now open for mobile tickets to the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship. The 2022 tournament will take place from September 26-October 2 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the PGA TOUR event has been hosted since 2014. Mobile tickets and ticket packages for the tournament are available through the Ticketmaster website. Spectators may also visit www.sandersonfarmschampionship.com, for pricing and to access tickets. No paper tickets are available.

All military, veterans, first responders, and 911 dispatchers receive two free mobile tickets each day, Thursday – Sunday. To receive tickets, visit the Will Call station at Northpark with proper credentials.

Admission to Wednesday’s Walker’s Cay Pro-Am is free for spectators. Anyone attending the Pro-Am will still need to present a mobile ticket, which may be ordered in advance on Ticketmaster.

Parking and shuttle transportation for spectators will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessible parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.
For more information on ticket sales, please call the Sanderson Farms Championship office at 601.898.4653.

Walker's Cay Logo

A division of Allen Exploration, known as Walker’s Cay, will be the official sponsor of the Wednesday Pro-Am at the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship. The event will be branded as the “Walker’s Cay Pro-Am,” and will be held on Wednesday, September 28. The Sanderson Farms Championship will take place September 26 – October 2, 2022 at The Country Club of Jackson.

“We are excited for the opportunity to present the Walker’s Cay Pro-Am this year,” said Tom Allen on behalf of the Allen Family. “There are few institutions that touch as many lives in such a positive way as Mississippi’s Children’s Hospital, and we’re honored to have a role in helping support their important work.”

“We are extremely grateful to Carl and Gigi Allen and Walker’s Cay for continuing their commitment to the Sanderson Farms Championship and our goal of helping to ensure the best possible health care and wellbeing for Mississippi’s children and their families,” said Joe F. Sanderson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Walker’s Cay, an Allen Exploration property, is a historic fishing destination in the northern Bahamas, where the company also supports family-based charities. Walker’s Cay Pro-Am at the Sanderson Farms Championship event presents the opportunity for business and community leaders to play alongside real professional golfers while raising additional funds for the tournament’s patron charities. Teams consist of three amateurs playing alongside one PGA TOUR professional. The Pro-Am event is sold out for 2022.

In addition to the Pro-Am, Walker’s Cay will bring back their popular concession area, located adjacent to the 18th fairway. The venue will have two large screen televisions, lawn games, a children’s play area, and an array of food and beverage options. It represents a great gathering spot for spectators looking to take a break from walking the course.

Admission to the Wednesday Walker’s Cay Pro-Am is free for spectators but will require a digital mobile ticket for admission. Digital tickets for the entire tournament will be available through Ticketmaster, beginning July 14. There will be a will call station at Northpark for anyone who needs assistance in securing a digital ticket.

Parking and shuttle transportation for spectators will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessibility parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.

Sarah Thomas

Tournament officials at the Sanderson Farms Championship are excited to announce that the 2022 Women’s Day promises be an action-packed day with keynote speaker – and one of the Sports Illustrated 100 most influential NFL figures of all time – Sarah Thomas. A Pascagoula, MS native, Sarah will share her story of how she became the first full-time female official in NFL history and how her history-making event has opened doors for other women to follow in her footsteps.

On April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating roster for the 2015 season, becoming the first full-time female official in NFL history. Her history-making game happened on September 13, 2015 between Kansas City and Houston. Five years later, at the end of the 2020 season, Sarah once again shattered the glass ceiling as she was picked to officiate the Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, making her the first female to ever work a Super Bowl. Her jerseys, hats, whistles, and flags from both of those game-changing events are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Women’s Day luncheon, in its eighth year, will be held at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, September 27. International Paper returns as presenting sponsor for the popular event.

“We want to thank International Paper for once again serving as presenting sponsor for the Women’s Day luncheon,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “International Paper’s ongoing support has allowed us to continue shattering our own glass ceiling on what I am convinced is the best Women’s Day event on the PGA TOUR.”

“At International Paper, diversity and inclusion is about recognizing and appreciating the value of each unique individual and leveraging those differences to increase engagement. The Women in IP Mentoring Board is one way that International Paper brings together women to promote awareness, support development and encourage collaboration,” said Mandi Gilliland, Strategic Pricing and Customer Relationship Manager and Women in IP Mentoring Board Leader. “International Paper is proud to return as presenting sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship Women’s Day luncheon.”

Off the field, Sarah is a marketing specialist for Mid-South Rehab, Inc., a national speaker for Keppler Speakers Bureau, and a consultant for Rodan + Fields. Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Sarah is a University of Mobile graduate, where she earned a full scholarship as a basketball player with Academic All-American honors. Recognized nationally for her many accomplishments throughout her journey, the stand out is being named to Sports Illustrated’s 100 Most Influential NFL Figures of All Time.  However, to Sarah, nothing compares to the highest accolade of being mom to her three children, Bridley, Brady, and Bailey.

Sarah Thomas’ story is captured in the five-part documentary series Earnin’ It, which premiered on Peacock NBC in 2022, with a focus on the women in football who are paving the way for others to follow in the field. Sarah’s story also figures prominently in the wildly popular podcast of the same name, which also launched in 2022.

For more information on how to purchase a Women’s Day luncheon table, please call the Championship office at 601.898.4653 or email Erin Kiker at erin@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

Important Jackson leaders surround a check for the Friend's of Children's Hospital

Century Club Charities continues to support Mississippi charities, today announcing a $1.5 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital from proceeds of the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship.

Important Jackson leaders surround a check for the Friend's of Children's Hospital

At a news conference Tuesday, Century Club Charities presented the $1,500,000 check to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH), a fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the University of Mississippi Medical Center‘s pediatric health care mission, including the state’s only children’s hospital.

“Through the efforts of our amazing Tournament Partners and Sponsors, especially our Title Sponsor, Sanderson Farms, as well as the Century Club Charities members, board, and staff; tournament volunteers, The Country Club of Jackson, and the PGA TOUR, the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship allowed us to reach a once thought unattainable goal for Mississippi charities,” stated Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “We were very excited to host a first-class event with spectators and all the excitement fans have come to expect, and that support allowed us to reach lofty goals in another year when Children’s of Mississippi and other statewide charities are in great need.”

“Today’s $1.5 million gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital for the benefit of Children’s of Mississippi, coupled with over $255,000 to other Mississippi charities, takes the 2021 total charitable impact of Century Club Charities to over $1,755,000 statewide,” continued Busby. “We are truly blessed to be able to do what we do for the children, families, dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff who provide miraculous care to our children, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Since Sanderson Farms, Inc. became the Title Sponsor in 2013, the tournament and Century Club Charities has contributed over $14.7 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital and other Mississippi charities.

“It was great to host our fans again this year after being unable to have spectators onsite in 2020,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “The fan base, combined with the continued support of Sanderson Farms, our sponsors and Century Club members – along with the hard work of our volunteers and staff – allowed us to create another special year for our charities.”

“Through this successful fundraiser, which is the premier event in the state of Mississippi, Century Club Charities has provided immeasurable support to Children’s of Mississippi. Over the years, their generosity has helped us fulfill our mission to serve Mississippi’s sick and injured children,” said John Scarbrough, chairman of Friends of Children’s Hospital. “On behalf of Mississippi’s youngest patients, thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to improving the health of the state – one child at a time.”

The donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital will go toward completing the funding of the seven-story Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi.

The Sanderson Tower more than doubles the square footage devoted to pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The state-of-the art facility includes two floors of private neonatal intensive care rooms where parents can stay with their babies as they grow healthier, a dozen advanced surgical suites, and a floor of private pediatric intensive care rooms. A pediatric imaging center and a multidisciplinary outpatient specialty clinic are also included, as is a parking garage nearby.

The tower opened for patient care November 2, 2020. Since its opening, thousands of children have received care inside the Sanderson Tower. This includes more than 1,000 babies starting life in the Sanderson Tower’s two floors of private neonatal intensive care rooms and more than 1,000 children who have received care in the tower’s private pediatric intensive care rooms. Nearly 9,000 surgeries have been performed in the Sanderson Tower’s 12 operating rooms, and scans performed in the tower’s pediatric imaging center number almost 70,000.

“Being here today signifies the mission of many individuals who work tirelessly year-round towards a common goal of giving back,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman. “Today we are privileged to give back to the young patients, their families, the doctors, nurses, and staff of Children’s of Mississippi.”

“The Sanderson Farms Championship would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, the determination of Century Club Charities and the time and commitment from hundreds of volunteers,” continued Sanderson. “These amazing partners and supporters are why we are able to be here today.”

So far, more than 93 percent of the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi’s $100 million goal has been raised through philanthropic gifts such as today’s presentation from the Sanderson Farms Championship to Friends of Children’s Hospital. In 2016, Friends of Children’s Hospital pledged $20 million to the campaign.

“Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship have proven their commitment to children’s health care yet again,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “The millions of dollars raised through the Sanderson Farms Championship provide invaluable support of world-class health care close to home for Mississippi’s families. We are so grateful for this ongoing contribution.”

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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 12th 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 $21 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 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 that we 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 were 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 of the pediatric services available at UMMC and at clinical sites throughout Mississippi. At the heart of these services is 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.

About Friends of Children’s Hospital
Friends of Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit organization benefiting Children’s of Mississippi at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 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 the Children’s Hospital meet the EXTRAordinary needs of caring for its patients. Please visit friendsofch.org for more information.

Sam Burns clinched his second PGA TOUR win of 2021 — and of his career — after holding off Nick Watney late in the game at the Sanderson Farms Championship. The 25-year-old Louisiana native and LSU graduate played an incredible back nine on Sunday, ending in a one-shot victory over Watney, who closed with a 65 and his best finish in more than three years.

Burns closed out the week at 5-under 67 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the Championship has been hosted for eight consecutive years. Burns claimed a $1.26 million prize from a $7 million purse and 500 FedExCup points, tying him with Max Homa for first place in the 2022 FedExCup.

Burns’ first TOUR win was at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in May. Now with his second win of the year — in his first start of the new season — Burns is projected to move to #18 in the world.

He ended a trend in which six of the last seven winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship captured their first PGA TOUR title. Six players in contention at the start of the final round had recently earned their PGA TOUR cards through the Korn Ferry TOUR.

“We are thrilled to have Sam as an ambassador for the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said executive director Steve Jent. “Sam made his professional debut at our tournament with a sponsor’s exemption here in 2017, now he has come full circle with an exciting win today. This has been a stellar week, and we look forward to doing this again in 2022!”

“This is definitely a full circle moment,” said Burns. “This is one of my favorite events on TOUR. I always enjoy coming here and being close to home, and for Steve (Jent) to give me that opportunity as a kid coming out of college, it meant a lot to me. God willing I’ll be able to play here for the next 20 years, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

The main benefactor of the Sanderson Farms Championship is Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only children’s hospital. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 62 additional Mississippi charities.

The total amount raised by the 2021 tournament will be announced later this year. The 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship will fall on the same week next year, September 26 -October 2, 2022.

The Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship

The final field is set for the 2021 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 Quade Cummins, Grant Hirschman, Kyle Reifers, and Sam Saunders.

The additions complete a full field of 144 players including Major winners Gary Woodland (U.S. Open 2019, first-timer at Sanderson Farms Championship), 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR Zach Johnson (Masters 2007, The Open Championship 2015), Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open 2009) will join 2021 defending champion, and 2017 Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia this week at the 54th Sanderson Farms Championship.

The above list of players join past tournament champions Sebastián Muñoz (2019) Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011) and Bill Haas (2010, FedExCup 2011).

Also in the final field are 2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2017 Players Champion Si Woo Kim, and South Korean golfer Sungjae Im, (T2) 2020 Masters.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety and caliber of players in just our third year as a stand-alone event,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “We are ready to show off this amazing field to the world through the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, and PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM Ch. 92.”

Spectators may visit the Sanderson Farms Championship TICKETS page to purchase through Ticketmaster. Reminder for 2021, all tickets are mobile. No printed tickets are available. Kids 17 & under are FREE with a ticketed adult (daily and weekly grounds only).

Admission to Wednesday’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am is free for spectators. Anyone attending this event will still need to present a mobile Daily Grounds ticket, which are available on the Sanderson Farms Championship TICKETS page. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. for the Pro-Am.

Will Call, parking, and shuttle transportation for spectators will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessible parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.

The 54th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi. For the full field, visit SFC Committed Players.

Logos for Michelob Ultra and Southern Beverage Company

The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Jackson-based Southern Beverage Company, distributor of Michelob Ultra®, has recommitted to the 2021 PGA TOUR event as the Official Sponsor of The Ultra® Club, now conveniently located near the course’s putting green.

The Ultra Club® is open to the public and will feature Michelob Ultra, the Championship’s Official Beer, as well as other Southern Beverage Company beers. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will also be available for purchase.
Live, acoustic, musical acts will perform live at The Ultra Club® Thursday – Sunday afternoons.

“We are thrilled to have Southern Beverage Company and Michelob Ultra® once again sponsor The Ultra® Club which we have moved to the area alongside the putting green,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Along with Michelob Ultra®, we’ll be serving other Southern Beverage Company beers in all concessions and at parties/events during the week. We greatly appreciate the Costas family joining us in our charitable giving endeavors.”

“Southern Beverage Company is honored to once again team up with the Sanderson Farms Championship as The Ultra® Club sponsor and as the provider of the event’s Official Beer,” said Theo P. Costas Jr., CEO of Southern Beverage Company. “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 Mississippi.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, September 27 – October 3, 2021.

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

Sanderson Farms Championship officials announced today that Major winners Webb Simpson (U.S. Open 2012), Gary Woodland (U.S. Open 2019), Zach Johnson (Masters 2007, The Open Championship 2015), Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open 2009) will join defending champion and 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia at the 54th Sanderson Farms Championship, September 27 – October 3, 2021. This will be Woodland’s first visit to the tournament and Simpson’s first since 2010.

The above list of players join past tournament champions Sebastián Muñoz (2019) Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011) and Bill Haas (2010, FedExCup 2011) among the early commits.

Also expected to compete are 2011 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2017 Players Champion Si Woo Kim, and 2021 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris. Zalatoris, 25, finished the season with eight Top 10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Masters. Garcia (2008) and Simpson (2018) are also Players Champions. In total, the current field has 159 victories on the PGA TOUR.

Joining with a special tournament exemption is 2019 U.S. Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree. Andy, who hails from Union, MS, graduated Georgia Tech in 2020, was low amateur at the 2020 Masters, and was a member of the victorious 2019 Walker Cup Team.

“We’re amazed at the strength of our field in just our third year as a stand-alone event,” said executive director Steve Jent. “When you combine our position as the second event of the new FedExCup season, along with the golf course’s reputation, especially the greens, and the hospitality the players experience, there’s now a buzz that this is an event players need to add to their schedule.”

Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. added, “The Sanderson Farms Championship continues to grow in popularity with the purse for this year’s play at $7 million, with $1,260,000 going to the winner along with 500 FedExCup points and a Masters invitation. We will announce additional player commitments and the final field next week.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.