OXFORD, Miss. (June 4, 2018) – This morning, Century Club Charities, host organization for the North Mississippi Classic, presented a $100,000 gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH). The Country Club of Oxford hosted the inaugural Web.com TOUR North Mississippi Classic in April where 156 players competed for a $550,000 purse. The tournament champion, Eric Axley, received $99,000.
“Century Club’s mission is to benefit Mississippi charities through the game of golf,” said Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities president. “With 2018 being our inaugural year, we are pleased to be able to give this donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital, and we are looking for bigger and better things to come in future years.”
This year’s gift will go toward the FOCH’s $20 million pledge to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort of the University of Mississippi Medical Center that is helping fund construction of a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital.
“Friends of Children’s Hospital truly appreciates the support from Century Club Charities and the North Mississippi Classic,” shared Sidney Allen, Chairman of the Board for Friends of Children’s Hospital. “The contribution from the 2018 tournament will enable Friends to help fulfill the goal of the capital campaign.”
“I can’t think of a better ending to what was an amazing first year for the North Mississippi Classic,” added Century Club Charities Executive Director Steve Jent. “Because of the buy in and support from our sponsors, volunteers, and fans, we are honored to make this donation to Friends. We are eager to see what the future holds for this tournament!”
The North Mississippi Classic is the third PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held annually in Mississippi, joining the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship, also hosted by Century Club Charities, and the Rapiscan Systems Classic on PGA TOUR Champions. Mississippi is one of only five states to host an annual tournament on all three tours, with California, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina rounding out the list.
About Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, the Sanderson Farms Championship, helping to raise over $14 million for statewide charities.
About the Web.com Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. This season marks the 29th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 475 PGA TOUR titles, including 23 major championships and seven PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter (@WebDotComTour), Facebook (facebook.com/WebDotComTour) and Instagram (Instagram.com/WebDotComTour).
About Friends of Children’s Hospital
Supporting Mississippi’s only Children’s Hospital, Friends of Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit organization benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. Founded in 1989, Friends works to support and promote Mississippi’s only hospital designed and equipped specifically for the care and treatment of sick or injured children. Their goal is to raise money for state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and services for all pediatric patients by building a statewide base of community support. Voluntarism, fundraising events and awareness efforts make it possible for Friends to help Batson Children’s Hospital meet the EXTRAordinary needs of caring for its patients. Want to become a member of Friends? Interested in volunteering or donating to help the kids? Find out how by visiting FOCH.org for more