Fallen Oak To Host 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Event returns to MGM Resort International's course for 6th year; new spectaor viewing areas on #17 and #18

Biloxi, Miss. (Dec. 31, 2014) – The 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire will take place March 23-29 at MGM Resort International Resort’s Fallen Oak.. This will be the sixth year that the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Fallen Oak will host the best players on the Champions Tour.

The 2015 tournament expects to attract another world class field. Last year’s event featured nine World Golf Hall of Fame members, 20 PGA TOUR Major winners covering 33 titles, and 22 Champions Tour Major winners covering 37 titles. Past champions include Jeff Maggert, Michael Allen, Fred Couples, Tom Lehman and David Eger.

“We’re extremely proud to host some of the nation’s best golfers at Fallen Oak, a course that’s as challenging as it is beautiful,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts Southern Operations. “We look forward to having the Champion’s Tour players test their skills while immersed in some of the most spectacular natural beauty Mississippi has to offer.”

Unique among Gulf Coast courses, Fallen Oak features dramatic elevation changes, which Fazio incorporated among the more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees that join the ponds, streams and wetlands that frame the course.

Aside from those elevation changes, remarkably true-rolling greens and Fazio’s dynamic design tactics of using the DeSoto National Forest and all its inherent natural elements as a template, the multi-million dollar course features gently rolling terrain and pecan orchards.

 “This is one of the player’s favorite events on the Champions Tour schedule,” said Tournament Director Steve Nieman. “They look forward to playing Fallen Oak just weeks before The Masters, and they genuinely enjoy spending time on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast and experiencing the southern hospitality we’re famous for in Mississippi.”

The 2015 event will feature more opportunities for the public to get up close and personal with the players. Additional skyboxes are being added on the Par-3 17th hole, and a newly designated viewing area will be available on the 18th hole. For the fifth consecutive year, all three tournament rounds will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

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About the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire 
In addition to C Spire as the tournament’s Presenting Sponsor, The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire is uniquely funded by 10-12 other consortium partners, who see this event as an ideal way to promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2015 consortium partners are: Beau Rivage Hotel & Resort -Fallen Oak, Mississippi Power, Mississippi Development Authority, Harrah's Gulf Coast, Habitat for Humanity, F.E.B. Distributing, Hancock Bank, Roy Anderson Corp, Yates Construction, and Coca Cola. The tournament is administered through the MGRC Foundation, Inc. and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

About The Champions Tour 
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour's primary purpose 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. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 determined Kenny Perry as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. 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 the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

About Fallen Oak
The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak epitomizes the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built exclusively for MGM Resorts International guests, Fallen Oak is located 15 minutes outside of Biloxi at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. The 7,487-yard course has earned more than 32 national honors for a masterful design that features dramatic elevation changes rarely seen at a Gulf Coast course and five sets of tees intended to challenge golfers of all abilities. Since 2010, Fallen Oak has played host to the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. For more information on Fallen Oak, please visit www.fallenoak.com
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