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Rapiscan Systems Classic

2/7/2018 | Chris Dearman

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The annual PGA Champions Tour event is returning to the Coast, and it’s bringing a new name along with it.

Rapiscan Systems Classic, formerly the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, will return to the Fallen Oak Gulf Club this March for a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition with $1.6 million up for grabs.

The tournament debuted eight years ago, and draws large crowds of all ages to watch PGA TOUR Champion players compete for the $240,000 winner’s share. The past two years it has been won by Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who successfully defended his 2016 title in a playoff last year over Gene Sauers.

The newly named tournament is sponsored by Rapiscan Sys- tems, who has been a proud and trusted partner of government agencies and private security operations around the world since 1993, and has local ties with operation of a manufacturing plant in Ocean Springs. They have a new three-year agreement to sponsor the tournament in place through the 2020 season.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Rapiscan Systems to the PGA TOUR family as the new title sponsor of our event on the Mis- sissippi Gulf Coast,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. "Their commitment to excellence in the field of secu- rity meshes well with our desire to create a tremendous tourna- ment product for the great golf fans in Southern Mississippi. We are excited for this partnership and look forward to building on the strength of the tournament’s existing foundation.”

Bruno Event Team will manage the event, and the MGRC Founda- tion will continue to serve as the tournament’s host organization, with tournament proceeds benefitting area charities. Television coverage of the three-day event will be broadcast on The Golf Channel, and puts the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the national spot- light.

"The Mississippi Gulf Coast benefits greatly from this event,” said MRGC Foundation Board of Directors Chair- man, Frank Bertucci."I know the passionate golf fans in the area will continue to support these tremendous leg- ends of the game.”

The Rapiscan Systems Classic will be the third PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held annually in Mississip- pi, joining the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Champion- ship, and the Web.com Tour’s North Mississippi Classic. Mississippi is one of just five states to host an annual tournament on all three Tours, with California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina being the other four.

Over the past eight years, the Rapiscan Systems Clas- sic has been one of the most exciting stops on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, producing champions such as Tom Lehman in 2011, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples in 2012.

Fallen Oak is located 15 miles north of the Beau Rivage Resort, and opened in 2006. The par-72, 7,054 yard course was designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio, and is characterized by a lush, rolling landscape covered in oak and pine ridges, magnolias, pecan groves, large lakes, winding streams, and wetlands.

Active and retired military members and their families receive complimentary admission every day with a valid military I.D., and children 17 and under are admitted free. Bleacher seating will be available on course at the 1st tee and at the 18th green. These seats will be non-reserved and will be first come, first serve.

For more information please visit: www.rapiscansystemsclassic.com. Rapiscan Systems Classic
March 23- 25, 2018
Fallen Oak Golf Club
24400 Highway 15 North Saucier, MS www.rapiscansystemsclassic.com
Chris Dearman