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Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic brings big name pros to Fallen Oak

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Mississippi is a state where you can play year-round golf on more than 170 courses offering a variety of difficulty levels, pricing options, and course designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio, but March 17-23, the PGA Champions Tour hits the delta in a big way.

Fallen Oak will once again host the PGA Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic this month and the field is world-class. This year, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie have joined the fray and make their first visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as part of a field that includes seven World Golf Hall of Famers, 17 major championship winners and almost all of the top 30 players on the Champions Tour Money List.

“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.”

Following a few days of fun and pro-ams, the three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Friday, March 21. The Golf Channel will be on hand to broadcast all three days.

Defending champ, Michael Allen, who has already won on the Champions Tour in 2014 is excited to come back to Mississippi.

"This course and this tournament has been great to me,"explained Allen. "I finished second the year before and Fred Couples made a putt to beat me on the last hole. This is a fun place to play. Number one you've got the Beau Rivage, that's where I always stay, its treats us just great. To come out here... the facilities are just fantastic."

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

Golf fans have C Spire, a telecommunications and networking company to thank for stepping up as a presenting sponsor for 2014. C Spire got its start on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 25 years ago.

For more on golf in the State of Mississippi, visit www.visitmississippi.org/golf.

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