Nationwide Tour: South Georgia Classic signs presenting sponsor

March 09, 2008
PGA TOUR staff

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The South Georgia Classic and the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Ga., and South Georgia Medical Center are pleased to announce that First State Bank & Trust Company has signed on as the presenting sponsor.

Defending Champion John Kimbell and 155 of the top professional golfers on the PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour will be teeing it up at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, April 28-May 4. The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia, dba South Georgia Medical Center, a 501(c) 3 organization, will continue to serve as the host and charitable recipient of the event.

"First State Bank & Trust is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the South Georgia Classic tournament on the Nationwide TOUR," said David Durland, president and CEO of First State Bank & Trust. "This event is wonderful for the South Georgia community and provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our community across the country."

Additionally, the tournament is pleased to announce that the event will be televised on the GOLF CHANNEL. All four days of the competition will be televised live and will include nightly re-airs of each days' round. The GOLF CHANNEL reaches more than 75 million households in the U.S. and more than 110 countries internationally. The South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank & Trust is one of 16 Nationwide Tour events that is covered by the GOLF CHANNEL.

"We are excited to have the support of First State Bank & Trust," said James McGahee, CEO, South Georgia Medical Center. "It shows their commitment to the South Georgia community. The opportunity to be televised live on the Golf Channel will allow us to expose South Georgia to millions of people across the world. This is a tremendous opportunity to promote tourism, economic development and quality of life that our area has to offer."

"We welcome First State Bank & Trust to the Nationwide Tour," said Bill Calfee, president of the Nationwide Tour. "The South Georgia Classic was a very successful first-year tournament last year. The addition of First State Bank & Trust and the Golf Channel television package will enhance the profile and reach of the South Georgia Classic considerably."

For sponsorship or volunteer information on the South Georgia Classic, call (229) 242-8455 or visit the tournament's website at