Twelve of the nation's top college golf teams have been invited to compete in a new tournament named for the late Jackson T. Stephens, organizers announced Wednesday.
Play in the Jackson T. Stephens Cup is set to begin Oct. 17 at the Alotian Club, the private golf club west of Little Rock owned by Stephens' son Warren, the CEO of Stephens Inc. in Little Rock.
The final round of play is set for Oct. 20.
The University of South Carolina men's and women's golf teams, both ranked No. 4 in the nation, lead the field of invitees. The women's field also includes No. 5 Louisiana State University and No. 6 University of Mississippi.
The University of Arkansas men's and women's teams, ranked No. 15 and No. 20, respectively, have also been invited.
Warren Stephens is tournament chairman.
“We are excited to bring together some of the most dynamic teams in college golf today," he said in a news 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.”
The Alotian Club will host the tournament every four or five years, the release says. Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, will host the tournament next year. Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas will host in 2023.