Free General Admission Tickets for Rapiscan Systems Classic Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31

21 March 2019

BILOXI, Miss. (March 21, 2019) – The biggest names in golf return to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the 10th annual PGA TOUR Champions event at MGM Resorts’ Fallen Oak. All general admission tickets are free Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31. The field for this year’s Rapiscan Systems Classic includes defending champion Steve Stricker as well as Vijay Singh, Tom Lehman, Bernard Langer and previous winners Michael Allen, David Frost and Jeff Maggert.

The purse for the Rapiscan Systems Classic is $1.6 million ($240,000 to winner) with 78 PGA TOUR Champions players competing in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition. Each year, the tournament puts the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the national spotlight with three days of coverage on Golf Channel.

Since its inception in 2010, the tournament has had an economic impact of more than $100 million and has raised more than $2.2 million for local charities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through the Birdies for Charity program. A record $515,544.00 was raised in 2018. Donors may enter in the Guess the Birdies Contest either by guessing on a pledge card or online. The closest to the number or exact guess will be entered into a drawing to win a two-night stay at Beau Rivage, round of golf for two at Fallen Oak, and a $200 food and beverage credit.

Fallen Oak is one of only two courses built by MGM Resorts International for its guests, joining the heralded Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. A legendary Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Fallen Oak was structured around the idea of preserving the natural landscape of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The course has been recognized by Golfweek as one of the country’s best, earning the No. 2 spot on its Best Casino Course list, behind only Shadow Creek, and No. 20 on its list of Top 200 Resort Courses.

“Fallen Oak strives to produce tournament conditions daily, which makes it easier to produce conditions for the PGA TOUR Champions to play on,” said Fallen Oak Grounds Director Matt Hughes. “Fallen Oak is ready and I am looking forward to hosting this 10th annual events.”

Over the past nine years, the annual PGA TOUR Champions tournament at Fallen Oak has been one of the most exciting stops on the schedule, producing champions such as Tom Lehman (2011), World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples (2012), David Frost (2015) and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who successfully defended his 2016 title to shoot -13 in 2017. Last year’s champion was Steve Stricker, who claimed consecutive titles on PGA TOUR Champions with his 11-under par victory at Fallen Oak.

Free general admission tickets are available for download at http://rapiscansystemsclassic.com. The Rapiscan Systems Classic honors members of Homeland Security, First Responders, as well as our active, reserve, and retired U.S. Military by offering exclusive access to the Patriots’ Pavilion. Here our heroes can experience the thrill of the exciting action on course while enjoying complimentary snacks and beverages. Limited to the first 500 guests daily, the Patriots’ Pavilion is open Friday through Sunday, is conveniently located on the 9th green and is handicap accessible. Military tickets may be downloaded here. For more information on PGA TOUR Champions, visit PGATOUR.com.

 

PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, March 28

7:00 a.m. – Gates open
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Pro-Am, First Wave of Tee Times - Fallen Oak
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pro-Am, Second Wave of Tee Times – Fallen Oak
Birdies for the Brave Honorary Caddie Program

 

Friday, March 29

First Responders Day
Patriots Pavilion open to First Responders and Military, 9th Green
10:00 a.m. – Gates open
10:40 a.m. – Opening Ceremony - #1 Tee
11:00 a.m. - First Round, #1 and #10 Tees
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast

 

Saturday, March 30

Family Day
Patriots Pavilion open to First Responders and Military, 9th Green
10:00 a.m. – Gates open
11:00 a.m. – Second Round, #1 and #10 Tees
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast

 

Sunday, March 31

Military Appreciation Day
10:00 a.m. – Gates open
11:00 a.m. – Final Round, #1 and #10 Tees
6:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation – Immediately Following Conclusion of Play, 18th green
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast

 

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission 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 and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the U.S. with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 190 countries, reaching more than 330 million potential households.

 

About Fallen Oak

Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for its guests, Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. 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. Greens fees for this elite golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

 

About Rapiscan Systems

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing advanced threat identification techniques. The company’s products are sold into the following market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection; Cargo and Vehicle Inspection; Hold (checked) Baggage Screening; People Screening; Explosive and Narcotics Trace Detection; and Radiation Detection. The Rapiscan Systems product lines are supported by a global service network. As the world’s leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state-of-the-art products, solutions and services to meet our customers’ most demanding threat detection needs. For more information, visit www.rapiscansystems.com.

 

 

 

 

CONTACTS:

Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International, 228.386.7134, mspain@mgmresorts.com

Stewart Moore, PGA TOUR, 904.540.2765

Stephen Schoettmer, Tournament Director, 228.896.6365, sschoettmer@brunoeventteam.com

Mary Wesche, Birdies for Charity, 228.243.7021, mwesche@brunoeventteam.com