Rainy morning brings ‘flood’ of Magnolia golf memories

It's raining out here at the Country Club of Jackson for what should be the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The course is saturated, this after a summer-long drought in mid-Mississippi. This is the 48th version of this tournament, which has been played at the Hattiesburg Country Club, Annandale and now CCJ. It has been called the Magnolia Classic, the Deposit Guaranty Classic, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, the Viking Classic and now, for the third year, the Sanderson Farms Championship It has been played in spring, summer...

What’s in a name? Plenty for tour winner Smylie Kaufman

This is the tale of two guys named Smylie, one a 23-year-old PGA Tour rookie sensation who shot 61 in the final round of a recent Las Vegas golf tournament to win fame, fortune ($1.15 million) and a spot in The Masters next April. He's Smylie Kaufman, and, he tries to make it two straight in the Sanderson Farms Championship. The other is the late Smylie Gebhart, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer, a Meridian native and Georgia Tech football All-American, who inspired more folks in his 51 years than...

Not even Bo knows what he’ll do spectacularly Wednesday

Wednesday, for a day, the Sanderson Farms Championship pro-am will be played at the Country Club of Bo Jackson. That's right. Anywhere Bo plays with a ball — any ball — it becomes his place. Herewith, with no apologies to Letterman, are the top 10 feats I ever saw Bo Jackson perform, which does not include when he won a long drive contest earlier this year by hitting one 335 yards. Drum roll please: No. 10: Break a baseball bat over his helmet. Yep, just snapped it in two as...

Jason Day’s humble goal was to keep his PGA card

Mississippi's Sanderson Farms Championship has often served as a springboard to success for some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Former Clarion-Ledger sports editor Rusty Hampton, now a board member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, was on the Annandlae practice range in 2008 when he encountered a 20-year-old named Jason Day. Now, $27.5 million later, Day is golf's No. 1 ranked player in the world. What follows is Hampton's resulting column. • MADISON - Mississippi's PGA Tour tournament has existed for 41 years as an alternative...