The 52nd Sanderson Farms Championship will be played this week at the Country Club of Jackson.

The tournament has been a mainstay in Mississippi since 1968. It began as the Magnolia Classic in 1968 in Hattiesburg. Sanderson has been the lead sponsor since 2013. Since Sanderson Farms took over sponsorship of the tournament, it has donated $8.1 million to charities. Of that, $1.375 million has gone to the Batson Children’s Hospital.

The 2018 champion will be back in Cameron Champ. It is Champ’s only PGA Tour win since turning pro in 2017. Ryan Armour, who won the 2017 Sanderson Farms tournament, has earned $6.6 million in his career that began on the PGA Tour in 2007. Other past Sanderson Farms champions who will be at the tournament this week are Nick Taylor, Peter Malnati, Cody Gribble, Scott Stallings, D.J. Trahan and Chad Campbell. This year’s tournament winner will secure an invitation to the 2020 Masters Golf Tournament. The champion will be presented a check for $1.1 million, and the total purse is $6.6 million. The Golf Channel will televise the event live Thursday-Sunday afternoon. 

College Football 

Southern Miss (2-1) was impressive in their high scoring 47-42 win at Troy on Saturday evening. The teams combined for over 1,000 yards passing in the contest. Quarterback Jack Abraham threw for 463 yards and two touchdowns while receiver Jaylond Adams finished with 322 all-purpose yards as he caught 11 passes for 180 and 141 return yards. That included a 100-yard kickoff return. Next up for USM is Alabama.

The Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke should have said this after his team’s 40-29 lackluster performance against SE Louisiana last Saturday: “It’s always good to get an ugly win rather that a pretty loss.”

The Rebels (2-1) did some good things as they ran the ball 50 times and controlled the clock. They did not control the pace of the game. Southeastern was able to hang around until late in the contest. The defense was exposed in the secondary, and the offense was inconsistent up front. Freshman running back Jerrion Ealy accounted for 273 total yards, which included a 94-kickoff return. Next up is a Top 25 team in California this Saturday morning. 

Mississippi State (2-1) enters SEC play this Saturday afternoon against Kentucky with several question marks.

Most MSU football fans did not expect the loss to Kansas State. Several things could have contributed to the end result, including injuries to several key playmakers and the ongoing suspension process that began at the start of the season. 

Jackson State downed Tennessee State, 49-44, in Memphis. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in the Southern Heritage Classic. More importantly, they won the Band Contest. In other college games, Millsaps and Mississippi College won while Alcorn, Belhaven and Delta State lost. Mississippi Valley was off this weekend. 

O¬≠dds & ends 

Gardner Minshew almost led the Jacksonville Jaguars to an upset of the Houston Texans. The Jaguars scored in the final seconds and, trailing by one point (13-12), went for the two-point conversion, which fell inches short. The rookie quarterback from Brandon was 23-of-33 for 213 yards with two touchdowns. He was also his team’s leading rusher with 56 yards. This Thursday night, Minshew and the Jags will battle Tennessee on the NFL Network. 

Dak Prescott was impressive as he completed 26-of-30 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 31-21 win over the Redskins.

The New Orleans Saints fell to the LA Rams, 27-9 Sunday. The Saints’ All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees injured his thumb on his throwing hand early in the game, and the Saints offensive unit was not effective after his departure. 

Jake Mangum helped lead his Brooklyn team to the New York-Penn league championship. The former MSU star batted .247 in 53 games. 

The Jackson (TN.) Generals won the Southern League C\championship over the Biloxi Shuckers in a five-game series. 


Dale McKee has been writing sports in Mississippi since 1973. Contact him at