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Golf has been described as a good walk spoiled, but the sport has meant much, much more to Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only children’s hospital. 

The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only tournament on the PGA Tour, Tuesday presented a $1 million check to Friends of Children’s Hospital from proceeds from the 2022 tournament last fall. Tuesday’s donation brings to $15.7 million the total the golf event has raised for the hospital since Sanderson Farms, now Wayne-Sanderson Farms, became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2013. Century Club Charities, the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA tournament, has raised more than $23 million for statewide charities since 1994.

Children’s of Mississippi, which also includes clinics around the state, treats more than 200,000 children annually. The donation was announced at a news conference at the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held Oct. 2-8 at Country Club of Jackson.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.