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Faldo, Montgomerie headline Champions Tour stop on Mississippi Coast

Sixth hole at Fallen Oak Golf Course

Sixth hole at Fallen Oak Golf Course

SAUCIER, Mississippi — Some of the biggest names in golf visit Mississippi next week for the PGA Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak Golf Course in Saucier.

Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie make their first visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as part of a world-class field that includes seven World Golf Hall of Famers, 17 major championship winners and 28 of the top 30 players on the Champions Tour Money List.

Activities begin Monday and conclude with the final round on March 23.

Other notable players in $1.6-million tournament include 2013 Champions Tour Player of the Year Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Rocco Mediate, Tom Kite, Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Price, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Larry Nelson, 2011 champion Tom Lehman and defending champion Michael Allen.

“We’re excited so many of golf’s most prominent names will once again be in Mississippi to compete on one of the very best courses in the country,” says Mississippi Tourism Director Malcolm White. “We covet the opportunity to showcase not only our great collection of golf courses to a world-wide audience, but also our casino resorts, authentic cuisine, entertainment, outdoor activities and, of course, southern hospitality.”

The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Friday, March 21 and will be broadcast live on Golf Channel. Tickets are available at http://www.2014mgrc.com/ and start at $15. Children ages 15 and under earn free entry when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Since the inaugural tournament in 2010, The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has generated over $55 million for the regional economy and more than $750,000 in assistance for local non-profit community charities.

The presenting sponsor for the event is C Spire, a telecommunications, networking and technology services company that got its start on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 25 years ago.

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