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Sanderson Farms Golf Returns

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For the first time, Mississippi's only PGA tour event is being held in the capital city, and this marks the second year for Sanderson Farms as the primary tournament sponsor.

The tournament is being held at the Country Club of Jackson.The pro am was held Monday, and tournament play begins there Thursday. That's the day they're expecting big crowds to converge on the course for Mississippi's only pro sporting event, now at a new location.

"The experience will change a bit for spectators, the golf course is completely different," said Jonah Beck, Director of Operations for the tournament. "Both are great fantastic courses. This ones a little bit tighter so from a spectator point of view, everything is really compact. You can turn around and see a hole right behind you so it's going to be a great venue. A lot of great golf, so it should be fun for all spectators."

Cameron Beckman, who won the tournament in 2001, is back. 

"These greens are as pure as you can get. They're real fast and nice," said Beckman, who was playing in the pro-am. "The golf course is really nice, great shape. It's a nice switch. Sometimes it's nice to switch courses and play something different. Of course I like Annandale, but this is really nice."

Some of the best golf around awaits spectators. There's entertainment and food too, with local chefs taking the stage daily, at the Bank Plus fan pavilion.  Access requires a $15.00 upgrade to a general admission ticket. 

Steve Jent Tournament Director said,

"Each day of the week there will be a different celebrity chef in there from 11-2 and it's a slight upgrade from a daily ticket to be able to sample a special dish from each chef each day," said Tournament Director Steve Jent.

The biggest change for spectators this year is parking. It's free and located in the Northeast corner of Northpark Mall. Shuttles will run throughout the day to the golf course.

"The price of parking is included in the ticket," said Jent. "Just jump on a shuttle, you get out here in about ten minutes. We got a lot of cool things going on this week so Saturday night there's a concert with Jack Ingram, country music star, and that concert price is included in the price of your ticket."

For more information on the tournament, and to buy tickets online go to the Sanderson Farms Championship website.

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