Amateurs & Pros Golf Together Before Tournament

Pros and amateurs teed off Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic’s Pro-AM. Professional golfers on the Champions Tour teamed up with a group of amateurs to show them the ropes.

News 25 went out to Fallen Oak to see if the amateurs were up to par with their professional counterparts. School is in session. Amateurs, including News 25’s own General Manager, Bobby Edwards, hit the fairway to play a round of golf with some of the game’s greatest players. This year’s tour features golf’s most interesting man, Miguel Angel Jimenez. Jimenez doesn’t visit the Coast very often, but when he does, he makes it look easy.

Fallen Oak is a tough course, but pros welcome the opportunity to sharpen their skills. Jimenez says, “Well it’s good. It’s good because I’m going to be very selective. You need to play well, every single shot. More importantly, you need to know the hole. It’s a great, great golf course, very nice to prepare for the masters.”

Pro-AMs are a great way for pro golfers to give back to amateurs that make up a large part of golfers worldwide. Mark McNulty, a Champions Tour player, says, “The pro-AMs are very much an integral part of the Champions Tour, and it’s great that we get to play with them. Amateurs make up a great, high percentage of the game of golf around the planet. It’s only great that we’re able to give back on days like today.”

For some golfers, this isn’t their first visit to the Coast. McNulty also says, “The golf course is even better than it’s been the last four or five years since we’ve been here. They’ve done work on the bunkers and it’s in great condition. The folks down here really look after us well and it’s great to be back.”

Amateurs will be brushing shoulders with pros until Thursday, when school will be back in session for a new group of amateurs.

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