Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 40

Palmer Closes with 69 to Claim the 43rd Trustmark Invitational Title Top: (from left to right) Austin Lane of Trustmark, Damon Palmer, and Tim Basel; Bottom: (from left to right) Austin Lane of Trustmark, Marshall Saxon, and Tim Basel Oxford, Miss. — (July 17, 2016) – Damon Palmer of Tupelo won the 2016 Trustmark Invitational with a three-day total of 12-under par 204 at the Country Club of Oxford. This was the first time the club hosted this event. The tournament, which showcases a field of the state’s top PGA professionals and amateurs, paid a total purse of $20,500. Palmer deserves to be proud for many reasons this weekend, including breaking the course record with his second round score of 7-under par 65. His Round 1 score of 2-under par 70 and Round 3 score of 3-under par 69 were also noteworthy. Palmer won by seven shots over Cameron Clarke of Pittsboro. Reflecting on his incredible rounds, Palmer said, “It was one of the greatest experiences as far as golf goes. It was the best performance I have ever had. It was very stressful starting today with the lead. I had a goal in mind to shoot even par or under, and whatever happened would happen. With [today’s round of] 3-under par, I am tickled pink. What a fine golf course. What a fine weekend of golf. It was a fun golf course to play. I am glad to be the Trustmark Invitational Champion and the course record holder.” Marshall Saxon of Biloxi was awarded the William E. Sonny Lawson Cup, which is given to the Round One Low Professional. Saxon also claimed the PGA Professional Champion title with rounds of 70-72-73 for a three-day total of 1-under par 215. Additional flight winners were: 1st Flight – Isaiah Jackson of Golden 2nd Flight – Tucker Jenkins of Guntown 3rd Flight – Rhett Walters of Louin 4th Flight – Trenton Myers of Brandon Thank you to Managing Partner Larry Britt, PGA General Manager Ricky Hamilton, Head Golf Course Superintendent Jeremy Castle, Executive Chef Jonathan Oliver as well as the rest of the staff at the Country Club of Oxford for all of their hard work in making this a fantastic event. The Mississippi PGA is comprised of 130 PGA professionals who are recognized experts in the game and business of golf and are employed at 65 of Mississippi’s finest golf facilities. Mississippi Chapter President Tim Basel, PGA, comments, “It is great to have the Trustmark Invitational in Oxford for the first time. The Country Club of Oxford has been a great host, and this event was a huge success.” For results visit or https://gulfpga. gulfpga1616/contest/10/leaderboard.htm 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship Volunteer Information 40 The 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship will be here before we know it. Please help out our friends at the Sanderson Farms Championship by volunteering to help with this year’s tournament. Click Here for the volunteer registration page for the 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship. F