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Fallen Oak Prepares for the Return of the PGA TOUR Champions Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Tom Fazio-Designed Masterpiece Readies for Legends Of The Game

BILOXI, Miss. (Jan. 1, 2017) When legendary architect Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak, he did so intending to create a must-play golfing sanctuary. Because he was so successful with this mission in the minds of golfers fortunate enough to play the highly regarded track, MGM Resort International’s spectacular gulf coast course continues to reap one of the rarest honors available: playing host to a PGA TOUR Champions event. Now in its eighth consecutive year and one of just 26 Charles Schwab Cup events, the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is scheduled to return to the coast March 30-April 2.
 
“The PGA TOUR Champions players always enjoy coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with its great food, fans and hospitality,” said Chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation Frank Bertucci. “This tournament is a great opportunity for our community to showcase the outstanding assets on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We continue to strive to make this tournament one of the most favorite stops by the PGA TOUR Champions players on the annual schedule.”
 

PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(All events and times are Central and subject to change)

Thursday, March 30
  • C Spire Pro-Am, Fallen Oak (tee times beginning at approximately 7:00 am)
  • Tournament Grounds Open to General Public, 7:00 am
 
Friday, March 31
  • First Round - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, approximately 10:00 am
  • Tournament Grounds Open to General Public, 9:00 am
  • Golf Channel Broadcast, 8:30 – 10:30 pm (tape delayed)
 
Saturday, April 1
  • Second Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, approximately 9:00 am
  • Tournament Grounds Open to General Public, 8:00 am
  • Golf Channel Broadcast, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Live)
  • Junior Clinic, Driving Range, 3:30 pm
 
Sunday, April 2
  • Final Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, 9:00 am
  • Tournament Grounds Open to General Public, 8:00 am
  • Golf Channel Broadcast, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Live)
  • Awards Presentation – Immediately Following Conclusion of Play, 18th green
 
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.2017MGRC.com or by calling the tournament office at (228) 896-6365. Children 16 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult and all active and retired military and their families are admitted free with a military issued identification card.
 
About Fallen Oak
Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for its guests, Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments. Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees for this elite golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.
 
About Fazio Golf Course Designers
Throughout his 40 years in golf course design, Tom Fazio and his staff of talented designers have been recognized for creating award-winning courses throughout the United States. No living designer has more credits on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golfweek’s collection of America’s Best. The Golf Digest poll for Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect was discontinued after Tom claimed the award three consecutive times, and he has also received The Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
 
About The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is uniquely funded by a group of consortium partners, who see this event as an ideal way to promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2017 major contributing partners are: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino/Fallen Oak, Mississippi Power, C Spire, IP Resort & Spa, F.E.B. Distributing, Hard Rock Biloxi, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Hancock Bank, and Coca-Cola. The tournament is administered through the MGRC Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to promote tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
 
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International, 228-386-7134, mspain@mgmresorts.com

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