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    • Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Fact Sheet


    April 28-May 2, 2010
    Fallen Oak
    Biloxi, Miss.

    THE PLAYERS - Seventy-eight golfers from the Champions Tour will compete in the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, headed by 2009 leading money-winner Bernhard Langer and last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner Loren Roberts.

    HALL OF FAMERS - Six members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are in the field - Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson and Nick Price.

    MAJOR WINNERS - There are 15 major championship winners in the field (who have won 25 major championships).

    PAR AND YARDAGE - Fallen Oak will be set up at 7,054 yards and will play to a par of 36-36-72. 

    Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
    Par 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36
    Yards 543 455 193 423 433 520 330 186 422 3,505

    Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
    Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 36
    Yards 420 396 382 541 161 565 418 206 460 3,549

    FALLEN OAK - Fallen Oak was designed by Tom Fazio. It was opened in 2006 to rave reviews and already is acclaimed as the 19th best "public" course by Golf Digest. Golfweek ranks it the best golf course "you can play" in the state and 55th among the modern courses built in the last 50 years.

    ARCHITECT TOM FAZIO - No living golf course designer has more golf courses in the Golf Digest top-100 than Tom Fazio, now 64. Since 2005, seven of his designs have awarded a top-100 ranking, including Fallen Oak.

    FORMAT AND SCHEDULE OF PLAY - Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled on each of three days - Friday through Sunday, April 30-May 2. Tee times are schedule to begin at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) each day.

    THE PURSE - The winner will receive $240,000 from a $1.6 million purse.

    WINNER'S TROPHY - The winner's trophy is a replica of the Biloxi lighthouse, which was recently restored and re-dedicated in February 2010 after suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The iron lighthouse dates back to 1847 and stands in the median of Highway 90.

    TICKETS - Daily tickets are $15 each, for any day of the tournament. Children age 15 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the gate (take the general spectator shuttle from the IP Resort and Spa; see below).

    MILITARY APPPRECIATION DAY FRIDAY -- All active or retired United States military personnel with a military ID are invited to enjoy complimentary admission for themselves and their families on Friday, April 30, at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. The tournament will conclude Sunday, May 2, with special military events as part of the closing awards ceremony.

    GENERAL PARKING -- All general parking for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will be staged free of charge at the IP Resort and Spa, off I-110 just three miles south of I-10. From there, continuous and complementary bus shuttles will transport spectators to Fallen Oak and drop them at the main admission gate. Shuttles will run to and from the golf course from 6:30 a.m. until one hour after play has concluded each day, Wednesday through Sunday.

    TELEVISION COVERAGE - The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will receive 17 1/2 hours of tape-delayed coverage (counting re-airs) by the Golf Channel. The schedule is for air times is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sunday (All times CDT). The day's broadcast will re-air once on Friday and Saturday and twice on Sunday.

    GOLF CHANNEL FREE ON CHANNEL 18 THIS WEEK - Cable One basic service subscribers in South Mississippi will be able to follow complete Golf Channel tournament coverage on channel 18 for tournament week as part of a free promotional offer.
    INTERNET COVERAGE - Follow the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at  

    A NEW EVENT - The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic came together because of the common vision of more than a dozen companies in the Gulf Coast area. The event has a three-year commitment from the PGA Tour. It is one of 26 events on the Champions Tour in 2010.

    ECONOMIC IMPACT - The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will have approximately a $15 million economic impact on the Gulf Coast, according to calculations by the State tourism agency. That amount takes into consideration business involvement, visits and hotel stays, and residual value from the Golf Channel broadcast.

    SPONSORSHIP MODEL - Twelve local companies pooled money to bring the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to life. This could be a new model for title sponsorships in communities trying to attract top level sporting events.

    MAJOR WINNERS IN THE FIELD (15 major winners; 25 major titles) --
    Paul Azinger - 1993 PGA Championship
    Ben Crenshaw - 1984, 1995 Masters
    Hale Irwin - 1974, 1979, 1990 U.S. Open
    Tom Kite - 1992 U.S. Open
    Bernhard Langer - 1985, 1993 Masters
    Sandy Lyle - 1985 British Open, 1988 Masters
    Larry Mize - 1987 Masters
    Larry Nelson - 1981, 1987 PGA Championship; 1983 U.S. Open
    Mark O'Meara - 1998 Masters, 1998 British Open
    Jerry Pate - 1976 U.S. Open
    Nick Price - 1992, 1994 PGA Championship; 1994 British Open
    Scott Simpson - 1987 U.S. Open
    Craig Stadler - 1982 Masters
    Hal Sutton - 1983 PGA Championship
    Bob Tway - 1986 PGA Championship

    LEE TREVINO - Six-time major winner Lee Trevino withdrew from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Thursday afternoon (April 22) after injuring a knee on Wednesday. Trevino has been bothered with knee trouble in recent years.

    SHORTEST AND TALLEST - At 5'7", Jeff Sluman is the shortest players in the field. The tallest gofers are Andy Bean, Dan Forsman and Bob Tway, at 6'4".

    CELEBRITY PRO-AM GROUP - Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will play in a Pro-Am foursome at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Fallen Oak with professional golfer Jerry Pate, Roy Anderson III, Bobby Mandal and Bo Mandal.

    LOCATION - Fallen Oak is located 15 minutes north of Biloxi, Miss., on Highway 15.

    VOLUNTEERS - More than 970 volunteers were recruited to serve on more than 20 committees to help stage this event.

    SPECIAL VOLUNTEER -- Ken Gestring, 45, who recently returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, is a volunteer on the caddie services committee. Gestring is a 24-year veteran and an emergency medical technician, was injured in combat in January 2010 but bravely attended to himself and nine others after a grenade explosion. He will receive the Purple Heart and Air Force Combat Action medal shortly. He already has received the Army Combat Field Medal.

    DISALLOWED ITEMS - Cameras are only allowed on practice rounds (Wednesday-Thursday), and cell phones are discouraged.

    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the benefiting charity for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Since 2007, Habitat for Humanity of the Gulf Coast has completed more than 300 homes for the people in the immediate area who are working hard to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

    "BIRDIES FOR CHARITY" - Local non-profit organizations have had the chance to fundraise while joining the excitement of the new Champions Tour event. For more information, visit the tournament homepage at

    CONTEST WINNER -- Howard Seggelko, 45, of Kennesaw, Ga., won the "Ultimate Getaway Weekend" grand prize offered by IP Resort and Spa in conjunction with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. His winning package for this week offered airfare and a four-night stay for four, plus event tickets, concert tickets, dinners, spa treatments and limo service.

    THE GULFPORT OPEN (1944-45) - The Gulfport Open was a two-year stop for the players on the PGA Tour following World War II. It was played at the Great Southern Golf Club of Gulfport, the state's oldest golf course, with the 1945 tournament leaving a lasting memory.
    Year Winner
    1944 - Harold "Jug" McSpaden recorded one of his 17 PGA Tour victories. It was one of his five victories that year.
    1945 - Sam Snead defeated Byron Nelson in a 19-hole playoff after the two were tied at the end of regulation. Nelson rallied from that loss to win 18 tournaments that year, including a record-setting 11 in a row.

    MORE GULF COAST EVENTS - It is now known as the Nationwide Tour, but when it was begun in 1990, it was known as the Ben Hogan Tour. The Gulf Coast Classic was played at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss., from 1990-92. From 1993-97, the Tour changed sponsorship to become the Nike Tour and the event was entitled the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic. In 1997, the event moved to the Mississippi National Golf Course. And in 1999, after a year hiatus, it relocated to Oaks Golf Club and was entitled the Mississippi Gulf Coast Open. In 2000, the Tour changed title sponsors to the Tour.
    Year Winner
    The Gulf Coast Classic at Windance Country Club (Ben Hogan Tour)
    1990 Dick Mast (-7) beat Rick Pearson in a playoff (36 holes)
    1991 Tom Lehman (-7) beat Tim Straub and John Wilson in a playoff (36 holes)
    1992 Glen Hnatiuk (-9) won by a stroke over Bruce Zabriskie, Mike Donald, John Flannery (54 holes)
    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic at Windance Country Club (Nike Tour)
    1993 Jim Furyk (-10) beat Bob Friend in a playoff (54 holes)
    1994 John Elliott (-12) beat Chris Perry in a playoff (72 holes)
    1995 Allen Doyle (-15) defeated Franklin Langham in a playoff (72 holes)
    1996 Joe Durant (-15) won by a stroke Brett Quigley (72 holes)
    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic at Mississippi National Golf Club
    1997 Jeff Brehaut (-13) won by 6 strokes over Tom Scherrer (72 holes)
    1998 No event
    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Open at Oaks Golf Club
    1999 Joel Edwards (-8) won by a stroke over John Riegger (72 holes)
    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Open at Oaks Golf Club ( Tour)
    2000 Tripp Isenhour (-9) won by 2 strokes over John Elliott (72 holes)

    2010 CHAMPIONS TOUR WINNERS - The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is the eighth stop on the Champions Tour for 2010. Here are this year's winners to date:
    Tom Watson (-22) -- Jan. 24, Mitsubishi Electric Championship
    Fred Couples (-17) -- Feb. 14, The ACE Group Classic
    Bernhard Langer (-17) - Feb. 21, Allianz Championship
    Fred Couples (-18) -- March 7, Toshiba Classic
    Fred Couples (-21) -- March 28, Cap Cana Championship
    Bernhard Langer (-9, 36 holes) -- April 18, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
    April 25 - Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf -
    May 2 - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic -

    MEDIA CONTACT - The media contact for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is Craig Smith, director of media and promotions for the Bruno Event Team, at (228) 236-7709 (cell) or Champions Tour media official Phil Stambaugh also will handle media affairs during tournament week. The general Media Center phone number is (228) 233-3990.