Rapiscan Systems Classic Event Highlights
March 28-April 3, 2022
Founded in 2010, the Rapiscan Systems Classic is a non-profit PGA TOUR Champions golf tournament in South Mississippi. Since 2018 Rapiscan Systems has been the title sponsor with an mission to create a tournament week “honoring those who secure, protect, and defend” as the Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to Keesler Air Force Base, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, the Mississippi National Guard, several of the Rapiscan Systems team are former law enforcement, military, or first responders, and our customers are dedicated to these principles.
2021-2022 Birdies for Charities raised $1,626,600 for local charities bringing the total to $3,994,482 raised since it became the Rapiscan Systems Classic in 2018. Participating local charities receive every single penny of the donations collected.
78 PGA TOUR Champions players participated in the 2022 tournament for a purse of $1.6 million. New Zealand’s Steven Alker took home the trophy and stands with past champions Kevin Sutherland, Steve Stricker, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Accelerate Secure Trade, Transport & Events 2022 Summit
Rapiscan Systems developed a summit during the week to engage with peers from Government and Industry where they gathered to discuss the important innovations and technology affecting security today. Speakers included distinguished leaders from US CBP, US TSA, The Mississippi National Guard and The University of Southern Mississippi NCS4.
Highlights of the event included panels on:
- Changes in the Security Inspection Landscape; Dr. Stacey Hall, NCS4 interview with Eileen Williams MBE
- Inspection Data Sharing; Randall Barnby interview with Garret K. Reinhart, US CBP (A) Deputy Director / LPO | NII
- CyberSecurity; Steve McHugh, VP of Sales at Rapiscan Systems with MS National Guard Cyber Expert COL John Nipp
- Lunch with William D. Squires, The Right Stuff, Inc., a 9 Time Super Bowl Security Expert
Our local supporters included the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Mississippi National Guard, the Port of Gulfport, and the Gulf Coast Business Council.
Our Sponsors included technology partners from Pangiam, Global K9 Protection Group, Monarch and Alba Consulting. In our hospitality suite on 18 green & 10 Tee we were able to show and discuss our solutions bringing expedited screening to entries for trade, transport and events.
At this year’s event, S2 Global provided demonstrations of our integration platform CertScan® and the powerful data sharing program between US Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Gulfport and the Santo Tomás de Castilla Trade Port in Guatemala, which was first agreed upon at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in 2019. Under the data sharing program, trade shipped from the port in Guatemala can be fast-tracked by US CBP upon arrival in Gulfport avoiding potential costly delays. We had a chance to tour the Port of Gulfport and learn of it’s strategic status and capabilities.
Honoring Those Who Secure, Protect and Defend
As a security industry leader, we value listening to the users of our solutions. During the Rapiscan Systems Classic we engaged with the Mississippi National Guard, Keesler Air Force Base and the USO by sharing the PGA TOUR Champions experiences with them. We enjoyed visiting Keesler and learning about all their duties and capabilities.