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C Spire sponsoring Champions Tour golf tournament on Coast

cspireA Mississippi telecommunications company has stepped forward to sponsor a professional golf tournament on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ridgeland-based C Spire Wireless has signed a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic golf tournament, part of the Champions Tour that features golfers 50 years and older.

It will mark the fifth year for the tournament when it tees off next March.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re very pleased to step up our involvement in this tournament and to continue to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which has been so important to the success of our company for so many years,” Kevin Hankins, C Spire’s COO, said in a statement.

In addition to being the presenting sponsor, C Spire will continue to sponsor a pro-am tournament for the event, which is played at the Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier just north of Biloxi. Officials said C Spire would contribute millions of dollars, but didn’t give an exact amount.

The three-day tournament has been sponsored by a consortium of casinos and other groups, and officials said 14 other partners will continue to participate in a consortium.

State and local governments had kicked in money, and BP PLC contributed $665,000 in 2013 as part of efforts to improve tourism on the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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