Fallen Oak to host Governor's Cup charity golf tournament

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Fourth Annual Governor's Cup of Mississippi Golf Tournament will take place August 29-30 at Fallen Oak. Co-chairs Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour will raise thousands of dollars for this year's selected Mississippi charities which include the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast; Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, University of Mississippi Medical Center; The Marsha Barbour Resource Center; the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

"Beau Rivage, the players and the golfers who make the Governor's Cup Golf Tournament such a great event have proven to be an unbeatable combination when it comes to raising awareness and money for these fine organizations that provide essential services to people," said Governor Barbour.

"The Governor's Cup is more than a charity golf tournament," said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and COO of MGM Resorts International Mississippi Operations, which includes Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica.

"This is an entire event centered around celebrating Mississippi's post-Katrina progress with the continued focus on the on-going recovery. It's about great food, great golf, great camaraderie and great community partners. Fallen Oak is a special place and we are honored to play a role in bringing Mississippi back better and stronger than ever before. We look forward to hosting this prestigious event again this year."

The three previous Governor's Cup events have raised more than $3.1 million for Mississippi charities. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will once again serve as this year's host by underwriting the entire cost of the event including greens fees, meals, wine pairings, transportation, amenities, invitations and entertainment. In turn, 100 percent of the proceeds raised by the event will go directly to this year's chosen charities.

The Governor's Cup festivities will kick off on Sunday, August 29 when participants are invited to a complimentary practice round at Fallen Oak. Later in the evening, First Lady Marsha Barbour will host a unique wine and golf pairing event honoring players and their guests in Beau Rivage's Camellia Ballroom.

In addition to delectable hors d'oeuvres, during the "First Lady's Wine Tasting and Golf Pairing," guests will have the opportunity to sample dozens of wines and champagnes including Veuve Clicquot, Moet et Chandon, Robert Mondavi, Newton, Sori Paitin, Caymus and many other labels.

On Monday, August 30, guests will tee it up for a day of camaraderie and competition. Transportation will depart the Beau Rivage porte cochere at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Fallen Oak.

An awards ceremony in Fallen Oak clubhouse will take place after the tournament with cocktails and hor d' oeuvres as participants gather to celebrate the winners.

The tournament is limited to 18 teams with 5 players. Entry fee for the Governor's Cup is $2,000 per player which includes two tickets to the wine pairing and a complimentary practice round on Sunday.

To enter the tournament, contact the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation at (228) 897-4841. Beau Rivage is offering a special hotel room rate of $99 per night August 27-August 31. To reserve accommodations or tee times, call (877) 805-4657 and mention Governor's Cup.

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