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Longtime PGA TOUR Champions event on Coast lands new name, title sponsor

Miguel Jimenez won the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic trophy at Fallen Oak. The tournament has a new name, the Rapiscan Systems Classic
Miguel Jimenez won the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic trophy at Fallen Oak. The tournament has a new name, the Rapiscan Systems Classic Sun Herald file

The annual PGA Champions Tour event played on the Coast has a new name.

The PGA TOUR and Rapiscan Systems, Inc. announced Wednesday the title sponsor of the longstanding PGA TOUR Champions event at Fallen Oak in Biloxi.

The Rapiscan Systems Classic will be held in late March of 2018, with a three-year agreement in place through the 2020 season. Bruno Event Team will manage the event, with the MGRC Foundation continuing to serve as the tournament’s host organization, and tournament proceeds benefitting area charities.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rapiscan Systems to the PGA TOUR family as the new title sponsor of our event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin in a release. “Their commitment to excellence in the field of security meshes well with our desire to create a tremendous tournament product for the great golf fans in Southern Mississippi. We are excited for this partnership and look forward to building on the strength of the tournament’s existing foundation.”

Rapiscan Systems has been a proud and trusted partner of government agencies and private security operations worldwide since 1993 The company owns and operates a manufacturing plant in Ocean Springs.

“This tournament has been an exciting part of the Mississippi sports calendar since 2010, and we are elated to welcome Rapiscan Systems into our community as we look to expand the tournament footprint,” MGRC Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Frank Bertucci said.

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast benefits greatly from this event, and I know the passionate golf fans in the area will continue to support these tremendous legends of the game.”

The MGRC’s defending champion is Miguel Angel Jimenez.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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