Tournament officials at the Sanderson Farms Championship announced the 2021 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.

The Women’s Day luncheon, now in its eighth year, will be held at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, September 28. 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. It’s exciting to have our events back on track after having them postponed last year.”

“At International Paper, persity and inclusion is about recognizing and appreciating the value of each unique inpidual 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.

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.

Online volunteer registration for the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship officially opens Tuesday, June 1. Inpiduals interested in volunteering for the tournament may register here. The tournament will be held September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi.

The Sanderson Farms Championship offers a unique volunteer experience for all ages. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a Gallery Ambassador, with Competitions Support as a Laser Operator or Ball Spotter, to walking the course as a Pro-Am caddie or standard bearer.

“Mississippi’s reputation as “The Hospitality State” is well deserved, and proven time and again by the lifeblood of The Sanderson Farms Championship – our volunteers – who proudly continue to keep our tournament running smoothly by returning year after year,” said Pat Busby, Century Club Charities president. “I am always impressed by the willingness of our volunteers to take time away from their busy lives, and come from around the state, all to help the beneficiaries of our charities, including Friends of Children’s Hospital supporting Children’s of Mississippi.”

Executive Director Steve Jent added, “We are grateful that we have many groups and inpiduals who volunteer in order to make our PGA TOUR event a first-class operation. Their efforts are the key to a successful tournament.”

Each volunteer will receive a volunteer package including a Sanderson Farms Championship logoed golf shirt and hat, a volunteer credential, 4 Good-Any-Day tickets, the opportunity to play a round at The Country Club of Jackson during Volunteer Play Day (minimum 20 hours worked), food and beverage during volunteer shifts, and an invitation to the Volunteer Party (date TBD). The volunteer package is valued over $300, but the volunteer fee is only $50.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up early to reserve their preferred area of service and, in addition, will receive an outerwear gift from Sanderson Farms. For specific questions about volunteer opportunities, call the Sanderson Farms Championship office at 601.898.4653, or email kacie@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

Continuing for 2021 is the Golden Rooster Club, recognizing volunteers who go above and beyond in dedicating their efforts to the Sanderson Farms Championship. Volunteers who commit 20 or more hours of service during the 2021 Championship will receive:

  • Exclusive “Golden Rooster” hat with pin for each year of being in the GR Club
  • Invitation to 2022 Champions Day event
  • 20% off coupon for the merchandise tent (single use).
  • Recognition in Volunteer Center during the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship.
  • Recognition in 2022 Volunteer Handbook
  • One round of golf at The Country Club of Jackson during Volunteer Play Day

Volunteers who qualified for the 2019 or 2020 will automatically be a member of the 2021 Golden Rooster Club. This is an annual membership based upon working 20 hours or more the previous year. Members must re-qualify each year to remain active in the club.

Century Club Charities announced today the Sanderson Farms Championship will be hosting spectators at the 2021 tournament, scheduled to be played September 27–October 3.
Sponsor hospitality venues will be open, general spectators will be allowed onsite for the first time since the 2019 tournament.
“We’re excited to welcome back our fans to the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director. “Last year we really missed the energy our spectators create, and I’m certain this year’s field will once again be one of the best we’ve hosted. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 very closely, and our planning is guided with the health and safety of everyone involved in the tournament as our highest priority.”
All efforts are focused on giving the fans an incredible and meaningful experience in a safe environment. Last year’s tournament was closed to the public due to the pandemic.
“We are back and look forward to your being part of what is sure to be an exciting week with 144 of the PGA’s TOUR best professional golfers competing in the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities. “The total stand-alone event purse has increased to $7 million in 2021; and coupled with a Masters Tournament invitation and 500 FedExCup points, the schedule provides a fantastic opportunity for players to get off to a fast start in the 2021-22 FedExCup. Despite the difficult decision to play the 2020 tournament without spectators due to COVID-19-related precautions, Century Club Charities remains committed to helping Mississippi charities that depend on the tournament to support their annual operations in 2021.”
 
All tickets will once again be digital this year and all on-site transactions will be contactless.
Century Club Charities donated more than $1.7 million from the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship, raising the all-time charitable proceeds from the tournament to over $19 million. Net proceeds from the tournament benefit Children’s of Mississippi through an annual gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital, as well as over 50 other Mississippi charities.

For seven years straight, Century Club Charities has broken its own record in charitable giving, announcing a $1.45 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital from proceeds of the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship.

At a news conference Tuesday, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship presented the $1.45M check to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH), 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.

“Through the efforts of our amazing Tournament Partners, 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 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship results far exceeded our wildest dreams for what could be done for Mississippi charities in 2020,” stated Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “Thanks to a generous donation from Sanderson Farms, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship are making record contributions in a year when Children’s of Mississippi and other statewide charities are in greater need.”

“Today’s $1.45M gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital for the benefit of Children’s of Mississippi, coupled with over $250,000 to other Mississippi charities, makes the 2020 total giving impact of Century Club Charities amount to over $1.7 million 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 150-175,000 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 $11.5 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital  and other Mississippi charities.

“I am very proud of how our sponsors, volunteers, Century Club members, and staff responded to the challenges COVID-19 presented our team in 2020,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “To be able to follow the opening of the new Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower with another incredible charitable result speaks volumes about how committed our tournament constituents are to providing Mississippi’s children with world-class healthcare, no matter what obstacles are put in our path.”

“At this very moment, there are children upstairs in this remarkable Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower receiving life-saving treatment. That would never have been possible without the unwavering commitment that Century Club Charities has shown year after year, since 2016, to supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital in our quest to raise the dollars necessary to help make it happen,” said Melanie Morgan, Chair for Friends of Children’s Hospital. “Every business and individual who supports the Sanderson Farms Championship and Century Club Charities can be proud of the impact their investment has made for current and future generations of children to be cared for in this magnificent facility.”

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. In 2016, Friends made a $20 million pledge to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, the philanthropic effort to help fund the project. So far, more than 85 percent of the campaign’s $100 million goal has been raised.

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.

“While we weren’t able to gather in person for this year’s event, we are grateful for the opportunity to support Friends of Children’s Hospital and the thousands of children treated at Batson each year. The Sanderson Farms Championship is about much more than golf, and although we are faced with unusual circumstances, our focus remains the same,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman.

“This year, we witnessed with great pride, our community, state leaders, sports icons, and celebrities rally around the Championship like never before,” continued Sanderson. “I look forward to the day when we can stand side-by-side again in celebration of this hospital and the amazing work done here.”

“Despite a pandemic, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship have come through yet again for children’s health care and the state’s only children’s hospital,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “We are so grateful for their continued support.”

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.