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David Frost set to defend title at 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic; Mississippi-based telecom, tech giant C Spire presenting sponsor

Golf tournament organizers unveil official public schedule of events

Biloxi, Miss. (March 3, 2016) - With four World Golf Hall of Famers and 26 of the Top 30 on this year’s Schwab Cup Money List, the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic field will feature some of the greatest golfers in the world. The current field, led by defending champion David Frost, includes the winners of the first three events of the year, Duffy Waldorf, Esteban Toledo and Bernhard Langer.

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, presented by C Spire, will take place March 28-April 3 at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. Tickets for the PGA TOUR Champions event are $15 and can be purchased online at www.2016MGRC.com or by calling the tournament office at 228.896.6365. Children 16 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Event Schedule
(All events and times are Central and subject to change)

Thursday, March 31

  • C Spire Pro-Am, Fallen Oak (tee times beginning at approximately 7 a.m.)
  • Tournament grounds open to the general public, 7 a.m.

Friday, April 1

  • First Round - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, 10 a.m.
  • Tournament grounds open to the general public, 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 2

  • Second Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, 9 a.m.
  • Family Day brought to you by Chevron
  • Bring a new "early education" book for a free adult admission. Books will be donated to local childhood literacy programs.
  • Tournament grounds open to the general public, 8 a.m.
  • Junior Clinic presented by Bacot/McCarty Foundation and IP Resort & Spa, Driving Range, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

  • Final Round – Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, 9 a.m.
  • Military Appreciation Day brought to you by Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Active and retired military and their families receive complimentary admission with valid military I.D.
  • Tournament grounds open to general public, 8 a.m.
  • Awards Presentation – immediately following conclusion of play, 18th green

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 a group of consortium partners, who see this event as an ideal way to promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2016 consortium partners are: C Spire, Mississippi Power, Beau Rivage Hotel & Resort-Fallen Oak, IP Resort & Spa, F.E.B. Distributing, Habitat for Humanity, Hard Rock Biloxi, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Hancock Bank, Hollywood Gulf Coast/Boomtown, Coca-Cola and Roy Anderson Corp. The tournament is administered through the MGRC Foundation, Inc. and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 898 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.

ABOUT PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PGA TOUR Champions has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 34 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. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play. PGA TOUR Champions 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. PGA TOUR Champions 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 2015 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. 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 PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

ABOUT BRUNO EVENT TEAM
Bruno Event Team is the largest dedicated sports event management company in the country. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event management, employing a year-round staff of 80+ employees in 13 offices around the United States and Canada. Bruno Event Team services each client with expertise in strategic planning, marketing, advertising, public and media relations, ticket and merchandise sales, sponsor relations, hospitality consulting, event operations, event financial planning/accounting and volunteer coordination. For more information, please visit www.brunoeventteam.com.

About C Spire
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