Former Payne Stewart Award winners converge at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Payne Stewart Award

March 24, 2014 - Mississippi recently played host to six former recipients of the PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award, presented by Southern Company and given annually to the player who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship.

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the award, and six former winners took part in this year’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic played at Fallen Oak in Biloxi.

The tournament, sponsored by Mississippi Power, benefitted the Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"At Southern Company, we look for things like the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to get involved in as a company that will give back to local communities and help grow their economies," said Billy Thornton, Mississippi Power vice president of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and a Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic board member. "That is really the philosophy of Southern Company and Mississippi Power, giving back to the community."

Tournament Director Steve Nieman said the participation of Mississippi Power and Southern Company is invaluable to the tournament.

"These companies back up everything they say and their actions show that they care about their customers and the communities they serve," he said. "It’s wonderful and refreshing. The passion they show for their communities is great."

Having so many past winners of the Payne Stewart Award at this year’s tournament is a great accomplishment that honors Stewart’s "legacy of leadership and compassion not only for golf, but for off the course causes as well," Thornton added.

Southern Company – the official energy company of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour – has supported and presented the award since its inception following the sudden death of Stewart in 1999. The 2014 Payne Stewart Award recipient will be announced later this year.

Charging Station

This year’s tournament also featured two solar cellphone charging stations provided by Mississippi Power and Southern Company to promote and encourage energy efficiency.

The stations feature American made solar panels, and will be used at several golf tournaments throughout the region.

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