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Deadline near to volunteer for True South Classic

June 14th, 2012 No comments

The True South Classic (formerly the Viking Classic) tees off in just over a month, and is in need of volunteers.

The tournament, which starts July 16 at Annandale, hopes to round up 1,200 folks willing to work for free. A press release says spots are still available, but doesn’t say how many.

What is known is that the deadline to sign up is Monday, June 18, and the fee for doing so is $40. Volunteers will be assigned to at least one of 10 committees, whose job descriptions will range from walking scorers to assisting the Golf Channel. Entrants can choose a preferred committee, but officials make no guarantees about assignments.

The $40 registration fee gets you a pile of stuff organizers claim is worth more than $300 – a cap or visor, golf shirt, five guest tickets good any day of the tournament, meals and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party. A parking pass is part of the deal, too.

Volunteer labor is a big part of the tournament’s fundraising for charity. Last year, according to figures from True South officials, more than $490,000 went to Mississippi Charities.

To sign up, or to see a complete list of volunteer committees, visit www.truesouthclassic.com or call (601) 898-GOLF.

 

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Trustmark, local medical groups to sponsor True South Classic

April 3rd, 2012 No comments

A consortium of four medical groups and Trustmark Bank will serve as sponsors for this year’s True South Classic (formerly the Viking Classic), which will be held at Annandale July 16-22.

NewSouth NeuroSpine, Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Jackson Heart Clinic and GI Associates and Endoscopy Center are the healthcare sponsors. The sponsorship deal is for one year, with a two-year option. Trustmark will be the title sponsor the pro-am, held the Wednesday before the tournament starts.

John Marovich, of the Birmingham-based Bruno Event Team who serves as tournament director, said that option either would or wouldn’t be exercised probably by the end of October, when the PGA Tour likes to have its schedule finalized.

“This is an obvious step for all four of our practices,” said NewsSouth NeuroSpine’s Dr. Jack Moriarty, of the decision to enter into a sponsorship agreement. “Being apart of this community and encouraging our citizens to live healthy lifestyles is a big part of all our missions. We think being involved with the True South Classic is a perfect extension of that.”

During tournament week, the four medical groups will have tents set up adjacent to the 18th Fairway that will offer all manner of free medical screening, including blood pressure tests, body mass index tests and flexibility screenings.

Marovich admitted that were days when it was “touch and go” as to whether this sponsorship deal would come together. “There was a period of time when we really had some doubts,” he said.

Marovich said a total of $4 million had to be rounded up to make the tournament a reality. About half of that, he said, comes from the host community, mostly in the form of sponsorships and ticket sales. The other half comes from the PGA Tour. Marovich would not disclose how much of the community’s half came from the sponsorship consortium.

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