Bold moves pay off for Sanderson Farms golf

  JACKSON — Forty-seven years ago, a few Hattiesburg businessmen got together and hosted an experimental PGA Tour satellite tournament. They called it the Magnolia Classic. The total purse was $20,000. Those Hattiesburg folks never could have imagined what happened here the past few days. Here on a cool, breezy, sun-splashed Sunday at Country Club of Jackson, the $4 million Sanderson Farms Championship, a full-fledged, PGA Tour event, experienced perhaps its showcase day in the event's 47-year history. With an international TV audience viewing on The Golf Channel, 26-year-old Canadian...

22 years later, Bohn remembers THE shot

Tour veteran Jason Bohn had just polished off a smooth-running 66 to move into a tie for third place, three shots out of the lead, in the sun-splashed Sanderson Farms Championship Saturday. Asked his thoughts about the day, he responded with a smile, “Roll Tide. I can't wait to watch the game tonight.” He was talking about LSU-Alabama. Yes, Bohn attended the University of Alabama. No, he never hit a golf shot for the Crimson Tide. Bohn, from Lewisburg, Pa., walked onto the Alabama golf program, was red-shirted his freshman...

Advice to Backel: Keep it simple, enjoy, learn

What 17-year-old Madison Central senior Camden Backel accomplished Monday — shooting 7-under-par 65 at Lake Caroline and then beating seven pros in eight-man playoff — is truly amazing. Backel will now tee off in Thursday's first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. Amazing, yes. Unprecented, no. Hattiesburg native and Diamondhead resident Gary Martin was 17 years, two months old when he qualified and played in the 1979 Magnolia Classic (now the Sanderson Farms Championship) at the Hattiesburg Country. Backel will turn 18 later this month. Says Martin, now the CEO...