The Memphis District Laymen, which is composed of 72 Baptist churches in the City of Memphis, has joined with University of Memphis Tigers Men’s Basketball Coach Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway to host the official golf tournament of the Southern Heritage Classic.
The debut of the Penny Hardaway Memphis District Golf Classic will be at Tunica National Golf & Tennis on Sept. 10, with a tee time of 8 a.m.
The Memphis Laymen took over the golf tournament in 2019 after the Ed “Too Tall” Jones Golf Classic concluded. Jones is a Tennessee State University alumni athlete and retired NFL Dallas Cowboys player.
Charles L. Ewing Sr., president/CEO of Ewing Moving & Storage, Inc. and president of the Memphis District Laymen, shared how the collaboration with Hardaway evolved.
“We always knew we wanted to affiliate our tournament with a successful athlete like the previous one,” said Ewing.
“When one of our committee members, Don Holmes, suggested Penny we all agreed that he was the perfect person. He’s an accomplished athlete and coach and an avid golfer with a deep-rooted love of the Memphis community.
“We appreciate his willingness to attach his name and efforts to ours as we continue to make a positive impact in the lives of youth.”
Each year, approximately 100 hundred players hit the greens to play golf for a great cause. Cigna global health service company returns as the title sponsor for the third year.
“Sports are a great way to stay physically fit while learning valuable life skills,” said CIGNA President Tri-South John Webb.
“We here at CIGNA are proud to be able to say we have been here since the very beginning of this tournament, and we’ve watched it grow each year. Having Coach Hardaway involved makes what the Memphis District Laymen are doing for youth even more special.”
The Memphis District Laymen mission is to “unify men in their purpose of mentoring, evangelizing, and nurturing others to help our communities and strengthen churches.”
The Southern Heritage Classic is a multi-day, annual cultural celebration in Memphis built around an annual HBCU football game at what now is Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.
Proceeds from the golf tournament are used to provide college scholarships and sponsor a one-week summer golf clinic for youth (K-8) at the Links at Whitehaven golf course.
Registration for the golf tournament is at capacity but hole sponsorships are still available.
Additional sponsors include Gossett Motor Cars, Nike, FedEx, MLGW, City of Memphis, Regional One Health, Ewing Moving & Storage, Methodist Lebonheur, Principle Toyota, Paragon Bank, Old Fashion Way Organics, Renasant Bank, The Compass Circle, Paragon Bank, Memphis Rebounders, New York Life, Tate Computer Systems, Memphis Tourism, and the Memphis District Association (MDA).
(For more information, visit memphisdistrictgolfclassic.org or call 901-265-4886.)