Michael Allen Set To Defend Title As 28 of Top 30 On Champions Tour Money List Commit To Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Nick Faldo And Colin Montgomerie To Make First Appearances In MS Gulf Resort Classic

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BILOXI, Miss - February 27, 2014 - The fifth annual Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire will take place March 21-23 at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. With seven World Golf Hall of Famers and 17 major championship winners, the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire field will feature the greatest golfers in the world. The field, led by defending champion Michael Allen, includes six Masters Champions and, as of today, 28 of the Top 30 on the Champions Tour Money List are scheduled to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
            The field is highlighted by 2013 Champions Tour Player of the Year Kenny Perry, 2013 Money Winner Bernhard Langer and 2013 Rookie of the Year Rocco Mediate. In addition, World Golf Hall of Fame members Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie will play for the first time, joined by fellow Hall of Famers Langer, Tom Kite, Sandy Lyle, Larry Nelson and Nick Price.
“We are proud to host this spectacular tournament again and look forward to welcoming the Champions Tour professionals back to Fallen Oak,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., MGM Resorts International’s President and Chief Operating Officer of Regional Operations. “The MGRC has quickly become one of the region’s signature sporting events and provides a tremendous boost to the Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism industry.”
         Once again, many of the game’s most decorated players will find a course not only in pristine condition, but a course among the most decorated they play all year. Fallen Oak has earned numerous awards since it opened in November 2006. It earned a top 40 spot on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/14 while Golfweek named Fallen Oak no. 16 on its list of Best Resort Courses for 2014.
            Tickets are for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic are $15 and on sale now. They can be purchased online at www.2014MGRC.com or by calling the tournament office at (228) 896-6365. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.
Make Beau Rivage your home for the weekend. Book hotel reservations now by calling 1-888- 567-6667 or online at beaurivage.com. Beau Rivage also offers Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic discounts throughout the tournament Show your MGRC ticket to receive the discount amount below on Fallen Oak merchandise only from March 18th - 24

  • 25% off any cash purchase of $50 or more at the Fallen Oak Pro Shop
  • 25% off any cash purchase of $50 or more of Fallen Oak logo items in the Beau Rivage Promenade Shops
  • 25% Off in Stalla or Coast restaurants at Beau Rivage –  Mention code BEAU25
  • Free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée in Jia   –   Mention code JIA 875
* Discounts available for cash or credit purchases only. Discounts exclude all express comp purchases
Wednesday, March 19
•           Junior Clinic Presented by Bacot/McCarty Foundation, Shell Landing, 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 20
•           C Spire Pro-Am, Fallen Oak (tee times beginning at approximately 7:30 am)
•           Gates Open at 7:00 am
Friday, March 21
•           First Round - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire, Fallen Oak
•           Gates Open at 9:00 am
Saturday, March 22
•           Second Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire, Fallen Oak (Family Day)
•           Gates Open at 7:00 am
 Sunday, March 23
•           Final Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire, Fallen Oak (Military Appreciation Day)
o          Brought to you by Hollywood Resort – Bay St. Louis
•           Gates Open at 7:00 am
•           Awards Presentation – Immediately Following Conclusion of Play, 18th green
All events and times are Central and subject to change.
Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.
Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. For more information or to make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

About the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire
In addition to C Spire as the tournament’s Presenting Sponsor, The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire is uniquely funded by 14 other consortium partners, who see this event as an ideal way to promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2014 consortium partners are: Mississippi Power, Mississippi Development Authority, Hard Rock Resort, Beau Rivage Hotel & Resort-Fallen Oak, Grand Biloxi Hotel & Spa, Habitat for Humanity, F.E.B. Distributing, Hancock Bank, IP Resort & Spa, Roy Anderson Corp, Yates Construction, Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and Coca Cola. The tournament is administered through the MGRC Foundation, Inc. and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
About Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Casual elegance awaits at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, MGM Resort's International’s destination resort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  French for "beautiful shore," Beau Rivage blends the charm and character of the Mediterranean with graceful touches of Southern hospitality. From the 31 majestic oak trees that line the front entry drive to the 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, the resort offers AAA Four-Diamond accommodations unparalleled anywhere in the Southeast. Ten restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, an 85,000 square-foot casino, a world-class spa and salon, an upscale shopping promenade, a state-of-the-art convention center, a 1,550-seat showroom featuring headline entertainment and a wide array of production shows and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course, make a visit to Beau Rivage one of the finest destination resort experiences in the South. For more information or to make reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit www.beaurivage.com.
About The Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 determined Kenny Perry as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
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