Tournament officials at the Sanderson Farms Championship announced the 2020 Women’s Day will be a day of encouragement and hope with keynote speakers Katherine and Jay Wolf. The Wolfs will share their inspirational story of Katherine’s survival and recovery from a catastrophic brainstem stroke shortly after the birth of their first son, as well as their universal insights on resilience and overcoming.

The Women’s Day luncheon, now in its seventh year, will be held at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, September 29. International Paper returns as presenting sponsor for the popular event.

“We want to thank International Paper for once again serving as the luncheon’s presenting sponsor,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Their ongoing support has allowed us to continue to raise the bar on what I believe 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.”

Katherine and Jay Wolf are communicators and advocates. After moving to Los Angeles in their early 20s to pursue promising careers in law and entertainment, their life together seemed idyllic. Their son, James, was born in 2007, and six months later Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Their tragedy resulted in Katherine spending 40 days on life support and two years in full-time brain recovery. The result was a severely disabled body including the removal of 60 percent of her cerebellum. Katherine’s survival and recovery have been nothing short of miraculous, and their story of her recovery continues to this day, including the birth of their miracle baby, John, in 2015. 

“Perhaps now, more than ever, we feel our story and the hard-won lessons we’ve learned about thriving within limitations are needed in the world,” said Katherine Wolf. “In this time of uncertainty and fear, we are humbled to share this transformational message of healing and hope.”

Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of steadfast hope through their two books, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love (2016) and Suffer Strong (February 2020), and at speaking events both live and online before millions. Together, they founded Hope Heals camp, a community for families with disabilities like them. Katherine, Jay and their two sons live in the Atlanta area. To learn more, visit hopeheals.com or @hopeheals.

Through their ministry, Katherine and Jay aspire to encourage people everywhere who are suffering broken bodies, broken brains, and broken hearts, seeking to bridge the gap between those disabled, both externally and internally, with hope of healing for the overwhelming pains we all carry inside.

For more information regarding table purchases, please call the Championship office at 601. 898.4653 or email Erin Kiker at erin@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We create corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 people worldwide and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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

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 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.

The Sanderson Farms Championship


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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PGA TOUR event wins “Best Charity Integration” for second consecutive year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship (Jackson, Mississippi) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on November 20. 

For the second consecutive year, the Sanderson Farms Championship, held at The Country Club of Jackson, earned an award for “Best Charity Integration.” 

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am thrilled to congratulate the Sanderson Farms Championship on being recognized with a “Best Of” award for the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season,” said Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The tournament committee and title sponsor Sanderson Farms should be extremely proud of their collaborative efforts and for being celebrated as top among their 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 the charitable goal – to raise funds and drive awareness for Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization created to support Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi and the only children’s hospital in the state. The event also generates significant funds for other child-focused charities each year.

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 title sponsor’s televised message during the Golf Channel’s broadcast, typically reserved for the sponsor CEO, was instead presented by a hospital executive.

In 2018, four PGA TOUR players made time to visit and interact with sick children at the hospital while highlighting the tournament’s charitable endeavors. Members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association also hosted a party for patients at The Country Club of Jackson, where several PGA TOUR professionals participated and engaged with the children.

The record-breaking charitable donations [$2.235 million through 2018 event] from the Sanderson Farms Championship 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. In 2016, Sanderson Farms, Inc. CEO Joe Sanderson and his wife Kathy, chairs of the $100 million fundraising campaign, personally pledged $10 million to the fund-raising campaign over a five-year period.

“We are honored to once again receive the Best Charity Integration Award,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament Director, Steve Jent. “I am thrilled for our staff and constituents who work so hard all year long to make sure our state’s children who are treated at Batson Children’s Hospital are the focal point of the tournament.”

On behalf of Century Club Charities, we cannot thank enough our title sponsor, Sanderson Farms, and our other sponsors, vendors, volunteers, host, staff, board, and spectators for making this possible,” said Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “The real winners are the patients, their families, and the dedicated nurses at Batson Children’s Hospital who spend their days providing miraculous care to the children of Mississippi.”

ABOUT PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires, and positively impacts our fans, partners, and communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 28 countries and regions (93 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2018, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $190 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.84 billion. 

Fans can follow the PGA TOUR on PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, on the PGA TOUR app, and on social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

ABOUT 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 $15 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.

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.

Colombian Golfer Sebastián Muñoz holding Sanderson Farms Championship trophy.

Colombian Golfer Sebastián Muñoz holding Sanderson Farms Championship trophy.

2020 Sanderson Farms Championship moves to October 1-4

In an exciting playoff on the 18th hole, Sebastián Muñoz claimed his first PGA TOUR victory today at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Muñoz, a 26-year-old from Colombia, forced a playoff with a 15-foot birdie putt, and then beat Sungjae Im with a par on the first extra hole.

Muñoz closed out with a 2-under 70, making it back-to-back wins for South American golfers, following Joaquin Niemann’s victory last week at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Muñoz, who played on the college team at North Texas, made the birdie putt to join Im at 18-under 270. With today’s Sanderson Farms Championship win, Muñoz claimed a $1.188 million prize, a 2020 Masters Tournament invitation, and 500 FedExCup points, giving him a jump on the season-long race for the FedExCup. Muñoz leads the FedExCup point race with 585.

Muñoz joins twelve players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first PGA TOUR win, including each of the last five: Cameron Champ (2018), 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).

“I’d like to thank the Sanderson family, and everyone who made this event possible,” said Muñoz. “I’m so thrilled to be here and to be the champion. I will always have a special connection to Jackson, Mississippi because this the first event I ever played as a PGA TOUR member back in 2016. Jackson is one of those places I will cherish, and I will always be grateful to this city.”

“We are thrilled to have another first time winner on the PGA TOUR,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “We know Sebastian will be a great ambassador for our tournament and we are very excited about his career.”

The total amount raised by the 2019 tournament will be announced in the next few months.

2019 marked the 52nd year of Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event with over 32 hours of global primetime coverage on The Golf Channel and PGA TOUR Live reaching a potential 80 million viewers. The standalone event was the second of 49 events in the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season with a record total purse of $6.6 million. For the sixth consecutive year, The Country Club of Jackson has hosted the event, providing the golfers with a top-notch and challenging course.

“It was a great week here in Jackson for the tournament. We have enjoyed an incredible week of championship golf and are very excited to have Sebastian represent our tournament as the champion,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “The condition of the course was excellent, as good as we have ever had, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the field we had this year.”

Earlier today, the PGA TOUR announced that the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship will be played October 1-4. “We are grateful to the PGA TOUR for giving us the early October dates for next year,” continued Sanderson. “October in Mississippi normally has more favorable and cooler weather conditions. The cooler weather tends to be better for the patrons, fans, golfers, and caddies.”

Earlier this year, the Sanderson Farms Championship won the “Best Charity Integration” award by the PGA TOUR after the 2018 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. In addition to world-class golf, the tournament staff executed a number of events throughout the week, including two Pro-Ams, a popular Women’s Day Luncheon, All-Star and Youth Clinics, a Military Outpost, Kids’ Zone, and other events and activities throughout the week.

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 $15 million for statewide charities. The charitable impact of the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship was over $2.25 million; including a record $1.25 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital for the benefit of Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi.
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.

JACKSON, Miss. (September 18, 2019) – Tuesday evening, at the Allen Exploration Pro-Am Pairings Party held during the Sanderson Farms Championship, Carl Allen, Allen Exploration CEO, made a third consecutive $500,000 donation to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi. Allen, and his wife, Gigi, from Dallas, are close friends with the Sandersons, and with last evening’s contribution have donated $1.5 million to the campaign.

“My wife 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 realize that you can’t affect change unless you affect it at the level of the children.”

The Allens’ reach goes beyond Mississippi and the U.S. with other children’s philanthropic endeavors including the Wichita, Kansas-based Envision, and Dallas-based Envision Lighthouse for the Blind, both created to improve the lives of partially sighted and blind children through the gift of research technology. The Allens in the past year extended their gift of technology to grade school students in the Bahamas by donating approximately 600 tablets, to date. The Allens have currently shifted their focus to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.

“The recent devastation faced across the northern Bahamas is heartbreaking,” said Allen. “Our hearts are with all those who lost family and friends, homes, and businesses to Hurricane Dorian. Gigi and I remain committed to do everything we can to help them on this road to recovery.” Allen Exploration ismatching dollar for dollar any contribution up to a total of $1 million. More information can be found at allenexploration.com or walkerscay.com.

The $100 million Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, also known as the GrowingCampaign, is helping fund the completion of a seven-story pediatric expansion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The addition will more than double the square footage of the state’s only children’s hospital.

Plans include an outpatient specialty clinic, private neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms for the state’s most fragile patients, an imaging suite designed for children and surgical suites.
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.

The expansion is on schedule to open in fall 2020.

“We are so grateful for the friendship and support of Carl and Gigi Allen,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “Three times in three years the Allens have demonstrated the value they place on the health of Mississippi’s children.”

Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman Joe Sanderson Jr. and his wife, Kathy, who chair the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, helped launch the effort in 2016 with a $10 million personal pledge. With last night’s announcement from Allen, the GrowingCampaign has raised more than 76 percent of the $100 million goal. To get more information about the campaign or make a gift, visit growchildrens.org.

“Kathy and I along with everyone at Sanderson Farms are incredibly grateful to Carl and Gigi Allen for their ongoing commitment to Mississippi’s children,”said Joe Sanderson.“Carl and Gigi came to Jackson three years ago and visited the hospital, where they were touched by the children they saw, and felt compelled to make a difference here.”

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 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship begins this Thursday, September 19, and runs through Sunday, September 22.

About Allen Exploration and the Allen Family
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 multiple asset classes.Carl Allen is a renowned Texas businessman and philanthropist, known for building his family run business from 130 jobs up to nearly 1,000. He, his wife Gigi and their family strongly believe that creating good jobs and helping communities go hand and hand, so they invest in educational institutions and environmental causes that make the world around them a better place. Along with Gigi, Allen has been an active participant in helping further education opportunities in both the U.S. and the Bahamas.

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 ninth 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 $15 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.

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.

JACKSON, Miss. (September 14, 2019) – The final field is set for the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

Today’s additions complete a full field of 156 players including two-time major winner and five-time Ryder Cup team member Zach Johnson. This is Johnson’s first return to the tournament since his only visit in 2005.

A last minute addition to the field is South Korean golfer KJ Choi, who since turning pro in 1994 has won more than 20 professional golf tournaments worldwide, including the 2011 Players Championship making him Asia’s most successful golfer.

Headlining along with Johnson and Choi are 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover, 2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2011 FedExCup Champion Bill Haas and 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship winner Cameron Champ. Other past champions returning are Haas, Ryan Armour, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings, DJ Trahan and Chad Campbell.

Also competing are Corey Conners (2018 runner-up), Chesson Hadley (2017 runner-up), Charlie Hoffman, Carlos Ortiz (2018 third place), and recent winners Dylan Frittelli, Andrew Landry, Adam Long, Jim Herman, and Aaron Wise.

Tournament play for the 52nd Sanderson Farms Championship runs September 19-22, 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, a non-profit organization created to support Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its ninth 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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With the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship less than two weeks out, the tournament is excited to announce that Mississippi’s own Braden Thornberry will be joining the field of 156 players. Thornberry will receive one of the tournament’s coveted exemptions.

Thornberry, an Ole Miss graduate and native of Olive Branch, is the 2017 NCAA Champion and the 2017 Haskins Award Winner with eleven collegiate tournament victories, the most in Ole Miss history. A former #1 ranked amateur in the world, he is a two-time All-American and played on the 2017 Walker Cup and 2018 Palmer Cup teams.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the Sanderson Farms Championship this season,” said Thornberry. “It is always fun to play in front of the fans in my home state of Mississippi. I have learned so much in my first year as a professional and my game feels solid. I am excited and ready to play in Jackson.”

“We are excited to extend an exemption into the Sanderson Farms Championship to Braden,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “He’s certainly earned this privilege through his collegiate accomplishments, and we know our fans will enjoy having the opportunity to watch him compete here in his home state.”

The 156-player tournament field will be finalized Friday, September 13. For a list of committed players, as well and information about sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, and tickets, visit the tournament’s web site at sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

Military and First Responders admitted free to the tournament in 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (September 3, 2019) The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation has committed as a sponsor of The Outpost during the 2019 tournament, providing hospitality services to military and first responders in attendance. The PGA TOUR event is set for September 16-22, 2019 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military units and First Responders from Mississippi come together every year annually to relax and enjoy the tournament.

The Sanderson Farms Championship will honor all members of the military including active-duty, reserve, retired service members, and veterans with free admission to the 2019 tournament. Mississippi’s first responders and one guest, including Fire, Police, Emergency Personnel, and 911 Dispatchers will also receive free admission to the tournament. Military and First Responders are asked to bring proper ID for admission.

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.

“Our military and First Responders are special individuals who serve to help keep our loved-ones safe,” said foundation board member John Lewis. “We are honored to participate in saluting the crucial and vital role these men and women play in helping our communities.”

Trustmark and McNeely Plastics will also serve as sponsors for The Outpost.

For all other spectators, Good-Any-Day grounds tickets to this year’s championship are $35 and are available online through the tournament’s website, sandersonfarmschampionship.com, Ticketmaster.com (search Sanderson Farms Championship), 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. Youth, ages 18 and under, receive free admission each day with a ticketed adult. Admission to the Wednesday, September 18 Allen Exploration Pro-Am is free to the public.

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, a non-profit organization created to support Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its ninth 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.