Golf: Jackson T. Stephens Cup set for October

The inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup for collegiate golf will be held Oct. 17-20 at the Alotian Club, seen below, is near Roland in rural, west Pulaski County.

The Alotian Club, near Roland, will host the Jackson T. Stephens Cup in October. (Photo by Mark P. Finlay Architects, Southport, Conn)

The Cup will be broadcast on the Golf Channel and Golf Digest has the Alotian as the 35th best course in the United States and the only course in Arkansas ranked in the top 100.

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Tournament schedule

  • Sunday, Oct. 17: Practice Rounds and Collegiate-Am Fundraiser

  • Monday, Oct. 18: Stroke Play (27 holes)

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: Stroke Play (27 holes)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: Match Play Final Round by seed

Men’s and Women’s college teams will be participating, along with individual golfers from service academies, Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as players from PGA Works, a program to get diversity into golf.

“We are excited to bring together some of the most dynamic teams in college golf today,” said tournament chairman Warren Stephens in a release. “It is our hope that by assembling great amateur players at some of the greatest venues in golf, we will encourage the next generation and help to grow the game. My father truly believed that golf taught life lessons, and I am thrilled to honor him through this tournament.”

Jack Stephens was, before his death in 2005, Chairman at Augusta National, home of the Master’s and founded the investment firm, Stephens, Inc., with his brother Witt, in Little Rock.

Women’s teams participating include:

  • Arkansas

  • Baylor

  • LSU

  • Ole Miss

  • South Carolina

  • Virginia

All the women’s teams are ranked with South Carolina coming in at No. 4.

Men’s teams participating include:

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Florida State

  • Notre Dame

  • San Diego State

Female individuals competing include:

  • PGA Works Individual Champion Phu Khine, North Carolina-Wilmington

  • PGA Works Women’s Team Champion Nattavadee Khunsri, Delaware State

  • Christyn Carr, North Carolina A&T State

  • Kendall Jackson, Howard

  • Reese Wilson, Howard

  • Tori Smith, Naval Academy

Male individuals competing are:

  • Lorenzo Elbert Jr., Prairie View A&M

  • Joshua McCray, UAPB

  • Xavier Williams, North Carolina A&T State

  • Nicholas Klock, Naval Academy

  • Tom Katsenes, West Point

  • Colter Baca, Air Force Academy

The Alotian is hosting this year’s event with the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida on the schedule for next year and the Trinity Forest Golf Club, in Dallas in 2023.