Report: Sanderson Farms Champ. changing venues


The Sanderson Farms Championship has already opted to change dates beginning in 2014, and now it appears the tournament will switch venues as well.

According to a report from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the event will shift to the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) when it is played this November as part of the wraparound portion of the 2014-15 season, departing from Annandale Golf Club which has served as host since 1994.

Sanderson Farms signed on for three more years of title sponsorship late last year, and in conjunction with that announcement the tournament dates switched from July - opposite the British Open - to November, when it will be played opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions beginning this fall. The event was previously part of the PGA Tour's Fall Series from 2007-2010.

According to Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson, the venue change is made with charity dollars in mind.

“As the title sponsor, Sanderson Farms supports Century Club Charities’ decision to move the tournament from Annandale Golf Club to the Country Club of Jackson," Sanderson said in a statement. "Our support for this decision is based solely on the fact that this move will allow the tournament to raise more money for Friends of Children’s Hospital, the tournament’s main beneficiary.”

While the move has the support of the event's title sponsor, its former host site appeared to be caught off-guard by the pending shift to a course 20 minutes down the road.

"Annandale and the city of Madison have been a very loyal partner to the PGA Tour and we are obviously very disturbed by the timing and the complete absence of communication associated with the possibility of a site change for the event," Annandale club president Steve Richardson wrote in a newsletter obtained by the Clarion-Ledger.

According to the report, a new contract will be negotiated whereby Annandale will receive a portion of the course rental fee, even if the event is held elsewhere.

Event dates for 2014 have yet to be determined. Woody Austin claimed the title last year, defeating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays in a sudden-death playoff.