Lyle Machinery Co. has increased its support for the Sanderson Farms Championship by sponsoring the tournament’s popular Wednesday Pro-Am. The Lyle Machinery Pro-Am will take place on Wednesday, October 2.

“Lyle Machinery is proud to sponsor the Wednesday Pro-Am for the 2024 Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Dan Lyle, President of Lyle Machinery Co. “When sponsoring the Monday Pro-Am for the 2023 tournament, we saw the positive effect Century Club Charities’ mission has on Mississippi children. We are blessed to be able to step into a larger role at the 2024 Wednesday Pro-Am and increase our support for Children’s of Mississippi and the other Mississippi-based charities supported by Century Club Charities. We believe in Mississippi-based companies supporting Mississippi charities, and this one offers a unique opportunity through the game of golf.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Lyle family and Lyle Machinery Co. for their ongoing commitment to the Sanderson Farms Championship and our mission to ensure the best possible health care and well-being for Mississippi’s children and their families,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “Pro-Ams are a unique aspect of the PGA TOUR sponsor experience, allowing amateurs to play alongside some of the best professional golfers in the world. The continued support from Lyle Machinery enables us to create a first-class experience for everyone involved.”

This year’s Lyle Machinery Pro-Am will be played in a walking, shamble format, with teams comprised of three amateurs and one PGA TOUR professional.Admission to the Wednesday Lyle Machinery Pro-Am is free for spectators, but a digital mobile ticket is required. Beginning July 15, digital tickets for the entire tournament will be available through Ticketmaster. A will-call station will be at Northpark for those needing assistance securing a digital ticket.

Parking and shuttle transportation for spectators will be available at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessible parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.

Only a limited number of the 52 Wednesday Pro-Am teams are still available for purchase. Those interested in purchasing a team and participating in the Pro-Am may contact John Mercer at john@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

The 2024 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held from September 30 to October 6 at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Century Club Charities continues to support Mississippi charities, today announcing a $1 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital from proceeds of the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship.At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, 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, takes the 2023 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 2023 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 Wayne-Sanderson Farms, became the Title Sponsor in 2013, the tournament and Century Club Charities have contributed over $17.2 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital and other Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has raised more than $24.5 million for Mississippi charities.

Children’s of Mississippi, which includes the children’s hospital and clinics around the state, care for nearly 200,000 children a year.

Kristin Allen, Friends of Children’s Hospital board chairman, said Century Club Charities makes Friends’ mission to support the children’s hospital possible. Funds from the Sanderson Farms Championship help provide 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, the premier event in 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,” Allen 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, Sanderson Farms Championship executive director, thanked the many volunteers and fans who support the tournament each year.

“We are thankful to celebrate the results from another great tournament,” said 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 the 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 positively impacting 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 2024 Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 30 – October 6 at The Country Club of Jackson.

Luke List 2023 SFC Champion

Luke List 2023 SFC Champion
In a nail-biting finish, Luke List emerged victorious at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday, clinching the title in a 5-man playoff at The Country Club of Jackson.

The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship saw a leaderboard as tight as they come, but when the dust settled, it was List who stood tall, showcasing his fortitude and skill.

After four rounds of intense competition, five players found themselves tied at the top, marking the most significant playoff on the TOUR since the six-player showdown at the 2021 Wyndham Championship, which Kevin Kisner won.

Luke List, with a final round of 70, sank a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet on the first sudden-death playoff hole, the par-4 18th. This remarkable shot secured his second PGA TOUR victory, reminiscent of his maiden win at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, where he bested Will Zalatoris in a playoff.

Ben Griffin, Henrik Norlander, Scott Stallings, and Ludvig Aberg, who all participated in the playoff, finished tied for second place. Mark Hubbard, Carl Yuan, and Christian Bezuidenhout narrowly missed the playoff, finishing tied for sixth.

“This was a tremendous week for our fans,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “The five-player playoff was a thrilling way to cap it off and we’re excited to add Luke’s name to our list of champions!”

“I can’t say enough about what a great job all of the Sanderson Farms Championship team has done this week, the golf course is unbelievable, the hospitality is amazing, and the people are so friendly,” said List.
Fans and golf enthusiasts can now mark their calendars for the 2024 Sanderson Farms Championship, scheduled from September 30 to October 6, 2024, as announced by J. Clinton (Clint) Rivers, Wayne-Sanderson Farms President and Chief Executive Officer.

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 2023 tournament will be announced in the coming months.

A golfer preparing to hit a golf ball.

The final field is set for the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week, October 2-8, at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi.

The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship Open Qualifier are Chris Baker, Zack Fischer, Chase Parker, and Brett White.

The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship will feature four players with Mississippi ties:

  • Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, MS, University of Alabama, winner of the 2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, eight Top 10 PGA TOUR career finishes, and five Top 5 PGA TOUR career finishes.
  • Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, MS, University of Missouri, four Top 10 PGA TOUR finishes in 2022-2023, highlighted by his first-ever runner-up at the 2023 Sony Open in Hawaii, PGA TOUR.
  • Chad Ramey, Fulton, MS, Mississippi State University, Winner of 2021-2022 Corales Puntacana Championship, PGA TOUR; three Top 10 PGA TOUR career finishes, and two Top 5 PGA TOUR career finishes.
  • Ford Clegg, Birmingham, AL, Mississippi State University, 2022 and 2023 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The additions complete a full field of 144 players including major champions Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016, six-time PGA TOUR winner), and Jason Dufner (PGA Championship 2013, five-time PGA TOUR winner), who will join 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship defender and two-time PGA TOUR winner, Mackenzie Hughes, this week in Jackson, MS.

Also joining the Sanderson Farms Championship field is European player Ludvig Åberg, Sweden (2023 Omega European Masters Winner, 2023 Ryder Cup team member, 79th world ranking). Åberg was the number 1 player on the PGA TOUR University 2022-23 rankings.

The above list of players joins former tournament champions Cameron Champ (2018), Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Scott Stallings (2012), D. J. Trahan (2006) and as mentioned, defender Mackenzie Hughes (2022).

“We are ecstatic about our amazing field of players at this year’s tournament, including 27 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 2023, 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 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.

General Admission spectator parking and shuttle transportation will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessibility parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road in Jackson.

The purse for this year’s tournament is $8.2 million, with $1,476,000 going to the winner. For the full field list, visit SFC Committed Players.

Logos for Michelob Ultra and Southern Beverage Company

The Sanderson Farms Championship is thrilled to announce that Southern Beverage Company, based in Ridgeland and the distributor of Michelob Ultra®, has once again committed to being the Official Sponsor of The Ultra® Club for the 2023 PGA TOUR event. The Ultra® Club, conveniently situated on the 13th Green, will provide an exceptional experience for attendees.

Enjoy free access to The Ultra Club®, where you can indulge in the refreshing taste of Michelob Ultra®, the Official Beer of the Championship, and a selection of other fine beverages from Southern Beverage Company. Various wines, non-alcoholic drinks, and light snacks are also available for purchase.

Back for 2023 is the Ultra Club® fan promotion.

  • 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 excited to again partner with Southern Beverage Company and Michelob Ultra® as the official sponsor of The Ultra® Club, located on the convenient 13th Green,” exclaimed Steve Jent, Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director. “Besides serving the refreshing Michelob Ultra®, we are excited to offer a selection of other exceptional beers from Southern Beverage Company at all concessions and during the week’s parties and events. Our deepest gratitude goes to the Costas family for joining us in our shared commitment to charitable giving.”

“We are delighted that Southern Beverage Company is returning as the proud sponsor of The Ultra® Club and the official beer provider for the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Theo P. Costas Jr., CEO of Southern Beverage Company. “As a company deeply committed to our community, we take great pride in supporting this incredible event and its primary beneficiary, Children’s of Mississippi, as well as various other charitable organizations across Mississippi.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, October 2 – October 8, 2023.

Trustmark is proud to announce its return as the presenting sponsor of The Outpost at the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship. The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th green, offering tournament guests a unique view of professional golf. Trustmark will honor our military and first responders this year by offering them, and three guests per attendee, complimentary admission each tournament day.

Guest military includes active duty, reserve, and retired service members and veterans. First Responders include Fire, Police, Emergency Personnel, and 911 Dispatchers.

Melanie Morgan, Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing remarked on the return of The Outpost as the presenting sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship: “We are truly honored to provide a place of respite and recognition for those who have served our nation or are currently serving in the military or as first responders.”

The Outpost will feature comfortable seating with televisions so attendees can watch all the action on the course while enjoying food and beverages from local vendors.

Military and first responders who upload their official identification online may access four (4) free mobile Daily Grounds Tickets through a link on the SFC website ticket page or by creating an account through Spinzo. Click the hyperlink to be taken directly to the SFC Spinzo page.

“We are truly humbled to be able to provide a special gathering place for our nation’s military and first responders at The Outpost,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “At The Outpost, we strive to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and support among military members, first responders, and guests alike. 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.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the only PGA TOUR event in Mississippi. It has become an annual tradition that brings people across Mississippi and visitors worldwide. Trustmark looks forward to continuing this tradition by providing an unforgettable experience at The Outpost during this year’s championship. Also, for the tenth year, Trustmark will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Sponsor Party held during tournament week.

The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship is October 2-8 at The Country Club of Jackson.

PGA Tour Charity Challenge Logo

Century Club Charities, the host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, announced today that First Tee – Central Mississippi is the recipient of a $50,000 award from the PGA TOUR. The nonprofit organization will receive the funds following the Sanderson Farms Championship’s 3rd place finish in the 2023 PGA TOUR Charity Challenge, a fantasy-style competition benefiting local charities.

First Tee – Central Mississippi is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.

“It was fun for our staff to watch our status throughout the season, knowing that we could impact First Tee significantly,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “Coming in 3rd place was more than we could have ever imagined!”

“First Tee is very thankful to Century Club Charities for selecting us as their charity for the Challenge Grant,” said First Tee – Central MS Executive Director Margo Coleman. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of this award, and it will go a long way in supporting our DE&I initiatives and furthering our mission in changing the lives of young people in Central Mississippi. First Tee is also very thankful for the long-standing relationship with Century Club Charities and their support of our First Tee Chapter.”

During the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season, as part of the PGA TOUR Charity Challenge, host organizations across the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, and PGA TOUR Champions had the opportunity to select a local charitable beneficiary with specific programs and services that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in underserved or underrepresented communities.

Every week, the amount of FedExCup points each tournament’s eight-player fantasy-style roster earned was totaled, and the team with the highest total each week won a $5,000 contribution to its charitable beneficiary.

Each team’s FedExCup points were counted throughout the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season, and the team with the highest accumulation of points after the BMW Championship was crowned the season-long winner, earning the top prize of $100,000 for its charitable partner.

Twenty-two host organizations earned additional dollars through weekly wins, and ten larger donations were made for the top finishers in the season-long standings.

Farm Bureau Logo

Farm Bureau LogoThe Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company is back for the fourth consecutive year as a Tournament Partner and Official Volunteer Sponsor for the upcoming PGA TOUR event. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, October 2-8, 2023.

“Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company is thrilled to continue our Tournament Partnership with the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Will Waldrop, Senior VP Marketing, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. “As the Championship’s Official Volunteer Sponsor, our employees will welcome the hands-on opportunity to make a difference for Mississippi charities and our children in need.”

Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for the event that in 2022 alone, created a charitable impact of over $1.5 million for Mississippi charities. In its 56th year, Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event has raised over $23 million for Mississippi charities.

The Sanderson Farms Championship needs 1,000+ volunteers each year to serve in various positions. Many statewide companies provide many of the tournament’s volunteers by sponsoring their employees as volunteer groups. Individual volunteer opportunities are available for those 15 and older. Those interested are encouraged to sign up early to reserve a spot on their preferred committee.

For details of each position, please click here: Volunteer Opportunities. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Championship office at 601.898.4653 or email kacie@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

2023 tickets available now!

Experience the excitement of the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson, October 2-8.

Purchase your mobile tickets now through Ticketmaster.com, or through the ticket link at Sandersonfarmschampionship.com, and enjoy all that this tournament has to offer.

New for 2023: With any Mastercard purchase, receive $10 off Grounds Daily tickets or $10 off Grounds Good Any Day tickets.

Members of the military and first responders will be admitted free each day to the 2023 tournament. Military and first responders who upload their official identification online may access four (4) free mobile Daily Grounds Tickets through Sandersonfarmschampionship.com or by creating an account through Spinzo.

The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green for various military and first responder units from Mississippi to congregate 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.

Wednesday’s Pro-Am is open to the public free of charge with a mobile ticket in hand. Convenient parking and shuttle transportation will be available at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland as well as accessible parking spaces located behind Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.

For more information or assistance with purchasing mobile tickets, call the Sanderson Farms Championship office at 601-898-4653.

Erin Brockovich

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich, a modern-day hero renowned for her tenacious battle against powerful corporations, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship’s Women’s Day luncheon.

Scheduled to take place at The Country Club of Jackson, MS on Tuesday, October 3, Brockovich will share her experiences seeking justice for victims of environmental wrongdoing. International Paper returns as presenting sponsor for the popular event, now in its ninth year.

“We are extremely grateful to International Paper for their ongoing commitment to the Women’s Day Luncheon,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Their generous support has enabled us to make this event more extraordinary each year, establishing it as one of the premier women-centric events on the PGA TOUR. We thank them for their continued commitment as a Tournament Partner.”

“At International Paper, we believe an inclusive and collaborative workplace where all employees are included, valued, and treated with dignity and respect is fundamental to our future success. 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, Regional General Manager and Women in IP Sponsor. “International Paper is proud to return as presenting sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship Women’s Day luncheon.”

Brockovich first rose to international fame in 2000 when Julia Roberts starred in the lead role of the Oscar-winning drama “Erin Brockovich,” depicting her tireless efforts that led to the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. It was while working as a legal researcher at Masry & Vititoe Law Firm in California, that she discovered medical records indicating that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) had been contaminating the town of Hinkley’s water supply with Chromium 6 for over 30 years. Through sheer determination and grit, Brockovich was instrumental in bringing PG&E down and forcing them to pay out a staggering $333 million dollars in settlements to more than 600 Hinkley residents who had been affected by their toxic pollution.

Such is the power of Erin Brockovich’s story that it has inspired people around the world to believe in themselves and make a difference. In addition to being featured on television shows and creating an autobiographical book, New York Times Bestseller “Take It From Me: Life’s A Struggle But You Can Win,” she has gone on to write two fiction novels, “Rock Bottom” and “Hot Water.” Her latest release, “Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It,” drew wide media attention before its publication. Her inspiring stories are examples of what can be accomplished when individuals take action and fight back against powerful entities that are harming people or communities.

As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, Brockovich is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the U.S., Australia, and other international hotspots. She is currently working on cases in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri.

For more information on how to purchase a Women’s Day luncheon table, please call the Sanderson Farms Championship office at 601.898.4653 or email Erin Kiker at erin@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.