JACKSON, Miss. — Cody Gribble won the 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA TOUR title. Gribble, playing in his second PGA Tour event, closed with a 7-under 65 for a four stroke victory under a week of perfect playing conditions.
With two birdies on the front nine, then birdies on 11, 13, 15, 16, and 17, Gribble secured his win at 20-under 268. “This has been a wonderful week for the tournament. We’ve had a splendid golf course in pristine condition, and then we had marvelous weather all week long,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “In his second event, under that kind of pressure, to go out and shoot a 65 today is very impressive. I’m very pleased and proud that Cody is our champion this year. He is a fine young man.”
“We love having a young first-time winner, and Cody has always had a great reputation at Texas,” said Peter Marks, Century Club Charities president. “This tournament just keeps getting better because of Sanderson Farms’ leadership. Mr. Sanderson just doesn’t cut a check, he actually is very involved with the tournament, helping us with our ultimate goal of raising money for the kids. We expect to have a nice check to give to Batson’s Children’s Hospital, and we are very excited to have Cody as our champion.”
“This was an unbelievable experience, said Gribble. “From the hospitality, to the golf course, to the fans, I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to win. I can’t thank everybody enough for coming out. The southern hospitality, great food, great people all remind me of home.”
The Sanderson Farms Championship is the fourth of 43 events in the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the children who are treated at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to approximately 65 additional charities arounds the state. The total amount raised by the tournament will be announced in the coming weeks.