Tournament officials announced today there is still time to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities and Pro-Am slots for the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship, to be played October 2-8 at The Country Club of Jackson.
A complete listing of private or shared hospitality venues and Pro-Am opportunities can be found HERE. The tournament staff will be looking to finalize additional sponsorships in the upcoming weeks to ensure the success of this year’s tournament.
Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $23 million for statewide charities. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its 13th year as a part of the FedExCup. Wayne-Sanderson Farms, the nation’s third largest poultry producer is headquartered in Oakwood, GA., with regional offices in Laurel, MS, is the tournament’s title sponsor.
“Sponsorships are the cornerstone of a successful tournament,” said executive director Steve Jent. “The recent $1 million gift to Children’s of Mississippi, an additional anonymous donation of $100,000 directly to UMMC, coupled with over $400,000 to nearly 50 deserving Mississippi charities brings the 2022 total charitable impact of Century Club Charities to over $1.5 million statewide. Over the years, the commitment our corporate partners have shown our event is extraordinary and illustrates what a wonderful market Mississippi is for both professional golf and philanthropy.”
“We are excited in 2023 to offer exclusive and shared Hospitality Suite packages, as well as customized sponsor opportunities to afford anyone the ability to entertain special business associates, employees, friends, and family in grand style,” said John Mercer, Director of Sales. “We also have a few Pro-Am team sponsorships left for anyone looking to play with friends or clients alongside a PGA TOUR player.”
The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship will feature a purse of $8.1 million with $1,458,000 going to the winner. The Golf Channel will broadcast primetime coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday. Two Pro-Am tournaments will take place during the week, Monday’s Pro-Am on October 2, and Wednesday’s Pro-Am on October 4.
At a news conference Tuesday, Century Club Charities presented the $1,000,000 check to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH), a fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pediatric health care mission, including the state’s only children’s hospital. The $1 million gift coupled with over $500,000 to other Mississippi charities, including an anonymous donation of $100,000 directly to UMMC, takes the 2022 total charitable impact of Century Club Charities to over $1.5 million statewide.
“Through the efforts of our amazing Tournament Partners and Sponsors, especially our Title Sponsor, Wayne-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 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship allowed us to once again make a substantial gift to Mississippi charities,” stated Phillip Carpenter, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “We were very excited to host a first-class event and all the excitement fans have come to expect, and that support allowed us to reach lofty goals when Children’s of Mississippi and other statewide charities are in great need.”
Since Sanderson Farms, Inc., now known as Wayne-Sanderson Farms, became the Title Sponsor in 2013, the tournament and Century Club Charities has contributed over $15.7 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital and other Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has raised more than $23 million for Mississippi charities.
Children’s of Mississippi, which includes the children’s hospital as well as clinics around the state, cares for nearly 200,000 children a year.
John Scarbrough, board chairman of Friends, said Century Club Charities makes Friends’ mission to support the children’s hospital possible. Funds from the Sanderson Farms Championship help provide the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for Children’s of Mississippi, which is now working toward updating the hospital’s Batson Tower, which opened in 1997.
“Through this successful fundraiser, which is the premier event in the state of Mississippi, Century Club Charities has provided immeasurable support to Children’s of Mississippi. Over the years, their generosity has helped us fulfill our mission to serve Mississippi’s sick and injured children,” Scarbrough said. “On behalf of Mississippi’s youngest patients, thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to improving the health of the state – one child at a time.”
Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at UMMC, thanked Century Club Charities, Friends of Children’s Hospital, and Wayne-Sanderson Farms for continuing to make the annual event possible.
“Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship have proven their commitment to children’s health care yet again,” Woodward said. “The millions of dollars raised through the Sanderson Farms Championship provide invaluable support of world-class health care close to home for Mississippi’s families. We are so grateful for this ongoing contribution.”
Steve Jent, executive director of the tournament, thanked the many volunteers and fans who support the Sanderson Farms Championship each year.
“We are thankful to celebrate the results from another great tournament,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “The continued support of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, our tournament sponsors, Century Club members, and our fan base – along with the hard work of our volunteers and staff – has allowed us to create another special year for our charities.”
“On behalf of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the sponsors, players, volunteers, and fans who made this tournament possible,” said Pic Billingsley, SVP and GM of Retail, Wayne-Sanderson Farms, Inc. “Through their generosity of their time and resources, the Children’s Hospital, along with nearly 70 other charities across Mississippi, will benefit greatly from the Sanderson Farms Championship.
“We are committed to continuing our partnership with UMMC and making a positive impact in our community,” continued Billingsley. “We believe that through the power of partnerships, we can achieve great things and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 2-8 at The Country Club of Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. (October 2, 2022) – Mackenzie Hughes captured the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday, defeating Sepp Straka in a playoff at The Country Club of Jackson. Hughes birdied the second playoff hole to seal his second win on the PGA TOUR, his first six years ago at the 2016 RSM Classic, also in a playoff.
The Dundas, Ontario golfer Hughes and Straka closed out the week at 17-under par through 72 holes, with Hughes shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round. Hughes birdied the second playoff hole from just over eight feet for the win. With the victory, Hughes claimed a $1.422 million prize from a $7.9 million purse and 500 FedExCup points.
With the win, Hughes will be fully exempt on tour through 2025. He also gained a spot in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the PGA Championship, and the Masters next season.
“I can’t stay enough about what a great job the Sanderson Farms Championship staff has done this week, the golf course is unbelievable, the hospitality is amazing, the volunteers are so friendly,” said Hughes. “Of all the tournaments I’ve played in, it’s just the best.”
“We are very excited to have Mackenzie as our 2022 Champion,” said executive director Steve Jent. “I have known him for several years. He is truly a class act and will be a great ambassador for the tournament. We couldn’t have asked for a better tournament experience this week to begin our new era with the Wayne-Sanderson Farms organization. We have the best title sponsor on the PGA TOUR in Wayne-Sanderson Farms.”
“We are a newly formed company – literally as of two months ago – and as a company we have a bright future ahead of us,” said J. Clinton (Clint) Rivers, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Wayne-Sanderson Farms. “For many of us (at Wayne-Sanderson Farms) this is our first experience with this event, and I couldn’t think of a better experience. The children’s hospital is a great charity for us to be involved with, and we are proud to be associated with them.”
“I have been asked several times this week about the future of the championship, continued Rivers. “And I’ve only got one thing to say. See you next year!”The main benefactor of the Sanderson Farms Championship is Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only children’s hospital. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to over 60 additional Mississippi charities.
The total amount raised by the 2022 tournament will be announced later this year. The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held October 2-8, 2023.
The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship qualifier are Quade Cummins, Cole Hammer, Ben Silverman, and Alejandro Tosti.
The Sanderson Farms Championship will feature seven players with ties to the Magnolia state, including:
Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, MS, University of Missouri, two Top 10 PGA TOUR finishes in 2021-2022, including T4 at the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship.
Wilson Furr, Jackson, MS, Jackson Academy, University of Alabama, 2018 Mississippi State Amateur Champion (2018), currently on PGA TOUR Canada.
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, MS, University of Alabama, six Top 10 PGA TOUR career finishes, highlighted by a runner-up at the 2022 Valspar Championship, PGA TOUR.
Chad Ramey, Fulton, MS, Mississippi State University, Winner of 2021-2022 Corales Puntacana Championship, PGA TOUR.
Jackson Suber, University of Mississippi, made 6 cuts out of 8 events in his first year (2022) on PGA TOUR Canada.
Brice Wilkinson, Madison MS, University of Southern Mississippi, 2022 Mississippi State Amateur Champion.
Joseph Hanko, PGA Director of Golf at Elm Lake Golf Club, Columbus, MS, winner of 2022 Gulf States Section Championship.
The additions complete a full field of 144 players including six Major Champions: Keegan Bradley (PGA Championship 2012), Lucas Glover (U.S. Open 2009), Stewart Cink (Open Championship 2009), Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016), Gary Woodland (U.S. Open 2019), and Jason Dufner, (PGA Championship 2013) who will join the 2021 defending champion, Sam Burns, this week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Burns is a four-time PGA TOUR winner, who played for the U.S in the 2022 President’s Cup this past weekend.
The above list of players join past tournament champions Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), and as mentioned, defender Sam Burns (2021).
“We are ecstatic about our amazing field of players at this year’s tournament, including 23 players who have won a PGA TOUR event in the past two years,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “If you can’t be on the course, be a part of the action by tuning in to the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, or SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM 92.”
Spectators may visit Sanderson Farms Championship to purchase through Ticketmaster.com. Reminder for 2022, all tickets are mobile. No printed tickets are available. Kids 17 & under are FREE with a ticketed adult (daily and weekly grounds only).
Admission to Wednesday’s Walker’s Cay Pro-Am is free for spectators. Anyone attending this event will still need to present a mobile Daily Grounds ticket, which are available at Sanderson Farms Championship or Ticketmaster.com. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. for the Wednesday Pro-Am.
Spectator parking and shuttle transportation will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessible parking spaces and Will Call will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.
The purse for this year’s tournament is $7.9 million, with $1,422,000 and 500 FedExCup points going to the winner. For the full field, visit SFC Committed Players.
Century Club Charities officials announced today that Sam Burns will defend his title at the 55th Sanderson Farms Championship. Burns is currently ranked #12 in the Official World Golf Rankings, will be on the United States team in the President’s Cup next week, and has four PGA TOUR victories in the last 16 months. He will be joined in the field by major championship winners Gary Woodland (US Open 2019), Jason Dufner (PGA Championship 2013), Stewart Cink (The Open Championship 2009), and Lucas Glover (US Open 2009).
Past tournament champions Sebastian Munoz (2019), Cameron Champ (2018), Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), and Chris Kirk (2011) are among the early commits.
In total, the current field has 128 victories on the PGA TOUR, with 24 players having won PGA TOUR tournaments in the past two seasons, including Chad Ramey from Fulton, MS who won the Corales Punta Cana Championship in March. Other players with Mississippi ties include Davis Riley (Hattiesburg), Hayden Buckley (Tupelo), PGA Section Champion Joseph Hanko (Columbus), and Mississippi State Amateur Champion Brice Wilkinson (Madison).
“We’re thrilled at the strength of our field in our fourth year as a stand-alone event,” said executive director Steve Jent. “With our position as the second event of the new FedExCup season, the fact that this season’s playoffs will now include only 70 players, the golf course’s reputation –especially the greens – and the hospitality the players experience, there’s now a buzz that this is an event players need to play as part of their fall schedule.”
The purse for this year’s tournament is $7.9 million, with $1,422,000 and 500 FedExCup points going to the winner. Additional commitments and the 144-player field will be finalized on Friday, Sept 23. Current commitments and all tournament information can be found at www.sandersonfarmschampionship.com.
The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 26 – October 2, 2022 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.
The Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that BankPlus will once again sponsor the BankPlus Fan Pavilion and the BankPlus Junior Pro-Am. The 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship is scheduled for September 26 – October 2 at The Country Club of Jackson.
The BankPlus Fan Pavilion is a shared hospitality venue on the 12th green with a tiered viewing deck that also overlooks Hole #13. Accessible to all spectators with an upgraded ticket, the open-air setting offers premium concessions and a cash bar, as well as large-screen TVs.
BankPlus Fan Pavilion opportunities include Daily Grounds tickets, Good Any One Day Grounds tickets, and a weekly ticket package (Thursday-Sunday). All tickets are mobile and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com or through the ticket link at sandersonfarmschampionship.com.
“We are honored to once again partner with the Sanderson Farms Championship as part of Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event,” said Bill Ray, CEO of BankPlus. “We feel the BankPlus Fan Pavilion is the perfect venue for spectators to get as close to the action as possible.”
“We are deeply appreciative to BankPlus for their ongoing support of the Championship,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “The BankPlus Junior Pro-Am, recognizing Mississippi’s most outstanding junior golfers during the Mississippi Golf Association’s summer league, is the only Pro-Am of its kind on the PGA TOUR. The BankPlus Fan Pavilion provides a lively gathering place for everyone to watch the best professional golfers in the world.”
Junior amateurs will have the opportunity to play alongside a PGA TOUR professional during the BankPlus Junior Pro-Am, a 9-hole event set for Wednesday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m. on The Country Club of Jackson’s Cypress course.
The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Jackson-based Southern Beverage Company, distributor of Michelob Ultra®, has recommitted to the 2022 PGA TOUR event as the Official Sponsor of The Ultra® Club, conveniently located on the 13th Green.
Entry into The Ultra Club® is free to the public and will feature Michelob Ultra®, the Championship’s Official Beer, as well as other Southern Beverage Company beers. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will also be available for purchase.
New for 2022 is the Ultra Club® promotion for fans.
Purchase a Michelob Ultra® tumbler for $25.
If any player hits their tee shot on #13 within 96 inches (Michelob Ultra® has 96 calories), fans can fill their tumblers with Michelob Ultra® for $1.
$1 refills are available until the player who hit to within 96 inches finishes that hole.
Tumbler quantities are limited while supplies last.
Please drink responsibly.
“We are thrilled to have Southern Beverage Company and Michelob Ultra® once again sponsor The Ultra® Club which we have moved to the 13th Green,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Along with Michelob Ultra®, we’ll be serving other Southern Beverage Company beers in all concessions and at parties/events during the week. We greatly appreciate the Costas family joining us in our charitable giving endeavors.”
“Southern Beverage Company is honored to once again team up with the Sanderson Farms Championship as The Ultra® Club sponsor and as the provider of the event’s Official Beer,” said Theo P. Costas Jr., CEO of Southern Beverage Company. “We are proud to support the event and its primary charitable recipient, Children’s of Mississippi, as well as other charities throughout Mississippi.”
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will sponsor the First Tee of Central Mississippi Youth Clinic on Monday, September 26, and the All-Star Kids’ Clinic for special needs students, ages 8-21, to be held Tuesday, September 27, at 4:15 p.m. on Cypress No. 9. These events give the younger generation the opportunity to see what golf is all about, while enjoying a fun practice time on the greens.
“We are proud to continue our support of the Sanderson Farms Championship events that highlight the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for our youth,” said Bryan Lagg, Senior Vice President, Consumer Markets and Sales, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “These events introduce future generations of Mississippians to a sport they can play for a lifetime of healthy living.”
Sanderson Farms Championship, in it’s 55th year, is scheduled for September 26-October 2, 2022 at The Country Club of Jackson.
The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military and first responder units from Mississippi gather annually to relax and enjoy the tournament. Guest military include active-duty, reserve, and retired service members, as well as veterans. First Responders include Fire, Police, Emergency Personnel, and 911 Dispatchers.
Members of the military and first responders (and one guest per person) will be admitted free each day to the 2022 tournament. Military and first responders who upload their official identification online may access two (2) free mobile Daily Grounds Tickets through a link on the SFC website ticket page or by creating an account through Spinzo. Please click the hyperlink to be taken directly to the SFC Spinzo page.
“We are honored to offer our military guests and first responders a special, complimentary location to enjoy the tournament,” said Melanie Morgan, Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing. “Trustmark’s sponsorship of The Outpost is a way for us to express our deepest appreciation to veterans, as well as active-duty, reserve, and retired military service members and first responders for their commitment, courage, and bravery.”
“We are excited to host our vital military and first responders at The Outpost,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “It’s really important for us to be able to show our appreciation to these heroes for what they do for the nation and our communities.”
For the ninth year, Trustmark will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the Tournament’s Sponsor Party held during tournament week.
Officials for the Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that all available John Soules Foods Pro-Am teams have been sold for this year’s tournament. John Soules Foods is serving as the Pro-Am’s Presenting Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year. The John Soules Foods Pro-Am will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022.
“John Soules Foods is honored to be part of the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship,” said John Soules, Jr., CEO of John Soules Foods. “We can’t think of a better way to help Century Club Charities and Children’s of Mississippi. We hope to be associated with the Championship for years to come.”
“We are extremely grateful to John Soules Foods for continuing to generously support the Sanderson Farms Championship and our charitable endeavors for Mississippi and our children,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms.
“The Pro-Am events are unique to the PGA TOUR, differentiating it from other professional sports,” said executive director Steve Jent. “Having Monday’s John Soules Foods Pro-Am sell out this early is an exciting show of backing from not only our community partners but the many Sanderson Farms vendors who participate.”
Pro-Ams give amateur golfers the opportunity to play alongside professional players and engage with some of the biggest names in the game. This year’s John Soules Foods Pro-Am will be played in a walking, shamble format, comprised of three amateurs and one PGA TOUR professional.
The 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 26-October 2 at The Country Club of Jackson.