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.”

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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.

Zach Johnson playing golf

JACKSON, Miss. (August 20, 2019) – Sanderson Farms Championship officials announced today that two-time major winner and five-time Ryder Cup team member Zach Johnson has committed to play in the 52nd Sanderson Farms Championship, September 16-22. This will be Johnson’s first return to the tournament since his only visit in 2005.

Johnson headlines an initial list that includes 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover. They join 2018 champion Cameron Champ and past champions Ryan Armour, Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, and Scott Stallings among the early commits.

Also expected to compete are Chez Reavie (World #29 and FedExCup #25), Chesson Hadley (2017 runner-up), Charlie Hoffman, Aaron Baddeley, Carlos Ortiz (2018 third place), and recent winners Andrew Landry, Jim Herman, Brice Garnett, Nate Lashley, and Aaron Wise.

“We’re really excited about this year’s initial commitments,” said executive director Steve Jent.  “Amazingly, there’s still a lot of golf to be played in these last couple weeks of the season, but we expect several more highly ranked players to commit before the Friday, September 13 deadline.”

The purse for this year’s play is $6.6 million, with $1,188,000 going to the winner. For the first time in the tournament’s history, this year’s champion will also punch their ticket to The Masters.

“I know our fans have been waiting to hear about the players in our field since we announced our new position as a stand-alone event back in January,” said Jent. The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 16-22, 2019 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

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.

Michelob ULTRA® to become the Championship’s Official Beer

JACKSON, Miss. (August 19, 2019)—The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that Jackson-based Southern Beverage Company, distributor of Michelob ULTRA, has joined the 2019 PGA TOUR event as the official sponsor of The ULTRA Club on the 5th Green. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, September 16-22, 2019.

The 5thGreen is a new location for concessions area and open to the public. Michelob ULTRA will be the Official Beer of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

“We are thrilled to have Southern Beverages and Michelob ULTRA sponsor The ULTRA Club now on the 5th Green,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “The ULTRA Club will have beer and non-alcoholic beverages, along with light snacks available for purchase. 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.”

Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for the event, made a charitable impact of $2.235 million in 2018 alone for Mississippi charities. Now in its 52nd year, Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event has raised over $15 million for charity, primarily Friends of Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization created to support Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi.

“Southern Beverage Company is honored to 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 our state.”

About Southern Beverage Company

Southern Beverage Company, Incorporated is a large wholesaler of Anheuser-Busch In Bev products with five distribution centers and over two hundred sixty employees. They cover 45 routes to distribute their drinks to 2,100 customers in 32 counties within Mississippi and are constantly looking to expand their brand base and find better ways to do business.

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.