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PGA TOUR players, wives visit Batson Children’s Hospital

Sam Saunders (left) and Andres Gonzales visit with a patient at Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Miss. on October 25.

October 27, 2016

Before the first competitive tee shot was sent into Jackson’s blue skies at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, hope, compassion and support was in the air.

On Tuesday, PGA TOUR players Andres Gonzales and Sam Saunders paid a visit to Batson Children’s Hospital to elevate the spirits of young patients.

Batson Children’s Hospital is the only medical facility in the state of Mississippi devoted entirely to the treatment and care of sick kids and teenagers. As a result, the Hospital remains the main beneficiary of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Each year, nearly 80,000 patients are treated in the Hospital’s clinics and emergency rooms.

The mission of Batson Children’s Hospital is to “touch the life of every child in Mississippi and help them reach their full potential.”

While the TOUR players joined in that mission on Tuesday, on Wednesday at the Country Club of Jackson, the PGA TOUR Wives Association furthered that mission. In an effort to add vibrancy to what can be an otherwise colorless time in life for the kids, several members from the Association joined forces with patients to paint tiles which will be placed along the walls and ceilings inside the hospital.

“This is a really nice event to get to be out here with kids from the hospital to paint tiles and help brighten the inside of the hospital,” said Andie Taylor, wife of 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship winner Nick Taylor. “Events like this help bring more awareness to Batson Children’s Hospital. Right now, they have a campaign to make an arts and crafts room and child-life specialty room in the hospital, so painting these tiles to help make it more colorful and fun and exciting and lively. The hope is to help make it a more special place.”

In addition to their hands-on efforts with the painted tiles and time spent with the kids, the PGA TOUR Wives Association presented the Hospital with a check for $5,000 towards the creation of the new activities area for the patients.

“The Sanderson Farms Championship has been fantastic, in terms of support,” Taylor added. “Batson Children’s Hospital has such a special place in the heart of the tournament, so they have been really accommodating with everything we’ve tried to do.”

When round one of the Sanderson Farms Championship got underway today and balls began to fly, thanks to the TOUR players and PGA TOUR Wives Association, a lot of young hearts and spirits in Jackson were soaring as well.


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