Gulf Resort Classic trophy to be crystal lighthouse

When the winner of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is standing on the 18th green, he will collect a $240,000 check and hoist a replica of the restored and recently re-opened Biloxi Lighthouse as a trophy.

The 14-inch trophy will be formed from crystal by Lenox.

The inaugural Classic will be played April 28-May 2 at Fallen Oak. Fifteen major champions and six members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are committed to this Champions Tour event.

“The Lighthouse has been an enduring symbol of this Gulf Coast and the fortitude of this region’s people,” said Steve Nieman, tournament director. “In this small way, we hope to tie our tournament winners to the history and people of this great Gulf Coast.”

Built in 1848, the 65-foot cast-iron Biloxi Lighthouse on U.S. 90 was recently re-opened for visitors after a 13-month renovation. Originally located at the water’s edge, the Lighthouse now stands 200 feet from the shoreline. The Lighthouse, which is the city’s logo and a featured symbol on the State license plate, is open for weekday morning tours.

Tournament tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster online for $15 each and they can be used any day of the tournament. Children age 15 and under will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Order your tickets online now or call the tournament office at (228) 896-6365.