2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Preparations are underway for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic set to tee off April 1st at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier. As News 25’s Kristen Durand reports, it’s the seventh year South Mississippi has played host to this Champions Tour which showcases the top golfers in the world age 50 and older.
In just a few weeks, dozens of golf legends will tee off at the Fallen Oak Golf Club for the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Defending champion David Frost is ready to defend his title. “You know, it’s just when you get to the place, it’s the vibe that it gives you knowing that you won here last year. It’s a nice feeling,” said Frost.
With seven World Golf Hall of Famers and 17 major championship winners, there’s no telling who will take home the 2016 championship trophy. Frost says he won’t change his strategy as he tries to secure a second win. “I just like to stick to my game plan which it does sound boring and I’m sorry that’s all I can say but you go out there and you play one shot at a time and you don’t think about what happened behind and you don’t think about what’s happening two holes ahead of you.”
In addition to the $15 million economic impact the tournament brings to the Coast each year, thousands of dollars will go back into local charities such as Habitat for Humanity. Tournament Director Steve Nieman said, “What they’re doing is providing affordable housing for folks and we’re glad that the tournament can have some impact on that and we have a “Birdies for Charity” program where we’ve got 30 local charities involved, having some fun, trying to guess the birdies and people making pledges for the number of birdies.”
The Golf Channel will televise the three day event starting April 1st. If you want to watch the golfers, adult tickets start at $15. “We’re trying to expose people to what a great time it is to bring your family out here and just go for a walk in the De Soto National Forest and there happens to be a pretty good golf tournament going on,” said Nieman.
Tickets can be purchased online at 2016mgrc.com or by calling the tournament office at 228-896-6365. Children 16 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.