CCJ hosts annual Sanderson Farms Golf Tournament

From Issue 3

The Sanderson Farms Pro-Am Golf tournament was held Wednesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 30 at the Country Club of Jackson on the Cypress Course. The tournament is an annual stop for the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tour. Friends of Children’s Hospital was the primary beneficiary of the tournament. There were close to thirty Junior Golfers and a Pro with every three Junior Golfers.

The golfers played a total of nine holes. The amateurs warmed up before their tee times at the driving range with all the pros. Then, after they warmed up, they played nine holes with their teams. There were five people on each team, including one professional. People from all over Mississippi participated in this golf tournament.

After the tournament there was a buffet style banquet with burgers and chicken. Then they announced the winners and gave out prizes. Austin Cook, a Jackson Prep alumnus, was the professional golfer for the winning team.

The professional tournament started on Thursday, October 27 and continued until Sunday, October 30. On Thursday night, there was a sponsors’ party presented by Trustmark. Saturday was University Day where everyone could wear his or her favorite team colors. On Sunday morning there was a non-denominational church service before the final tee times.

The 2016 champion of the professional tournament was Cody Gribble. The golf tournament was a huge success.

Prep senior Blair Stockett extracts herself from a sand trap on the ninth hole. Photo courtesy of Blair Stockett
The tournament had a nice Southern feel. Photo by Stewart McCullough
Pro golfer Luke List hits the golf ball out of the sand on the 15th hole at the Sanderson Farms Golf Championship. Photo by Stewart McCullough.
Winner Cody Gribble. Photo by Stewart McCullough