JACKSON, Miss. (October 22, 2018) — The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that celebrated pro athletes Herschel Walker and Paul Maholm have committed to play in the tournament’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am. The Pro-Am event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, with morning and afternoon tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. and noon, respectively. The 51st Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 22-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.
“We are offering spectators free ticketed admission to come out to the course in support of these legends as they play alongside our pro golfers in Wednesday’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “Tickets for this event are available for pick up at the Will-Call/Spectator Parking area at Northpark.”
Herschel Walker, a Heisman trophy winner, Olympic bobsledder, successful businessman, and author, began his famed college football career at the University of Georgia, earning three consensus All-American honors before going on to play professional football for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. In 1999, Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Walker is honored to also work with various programs on military bases by mentoring and motivating our dedicated men and women of the military.
Walker owns and runs Savannah based Renaissance Man Food Service selling protein and various other items under the H. Walker Foods and Famous 34 brands. A portion of all profits from Herschel’s Famous 34 is donated to charity. In addition to other charitable work, Walker regularly gives motivational speeches at schools and events nationwide.
Hailing from Holly Springs, retired Major League pitcher and standout Diamond Dawg Paul Maholm, is a 2018 inductee into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame. Maholm was an All-SEC and All-American pitcher for the Bulldogs from 2001-03. He finished his three-year college career with 27 wins and 273-career strikeouts. Maholm led the team in wins and strikeouts each of his three seasons. In 2001, he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In 2003, he was the eighth MLB draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent 10 years in the Majors, winning 77 games and compiling 984 strikeouts with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Throughout the years, Maholm has given back to his various communities through charitable contributions and voluntarism. He is heavily involved with Chip n Fore Heroes, an annual golf tournament and auction that helps fund the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship Endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi. The endowment provides support to a USM student who is the child, or grandchild, of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic/EMT.
“On behalf of Sanderson Farms, I want to thank these gentlemen for their participation in the Allen Exploration Pro-Am, which in turn supports the Friends of Children’s Hospital and 65 additional charities through the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are humbled that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to make a difference for the children in our state.”
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 eighth 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 Allen Exploration
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 numerous asset classes including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, direct investments, co-investments and angel investments. Allen Exploration also manages the AEX Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund (“AXGT”).
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 $13.5 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 15,000 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.