A new four-day collegiate golf tournament has been established in honor of the late Jackson T. Stephens.
His son, Stephens Inc. CEO and chairman Warren Stephens, announced the creation of the Jackson T. Stephens Cup, an annual collegiate golf tournament that will launch in 2021. According to Stephens, the goal of the Stephens Cup is to field the future stars of golf at some of the top golf courses in the country.
“Our goal is to create a distinctive and highly-competitive collegiate tournament that is comprised of tomorrow’s PGA TOUR and LPGA stars playing some of the country’s premier golf courses,” tournament chairman Warren Stephens said in a statement. “Dad truly believed that golf instilled life lessons and built character, especially when started young. Therefore, he would be very humbled and proud that this tournament is named in his honor.”
This tournament will invite seven of the top NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams in the United States, along with an eighth team for both the men’s and women’s categories that will be invited by the host club. During the tournament, the participants will play 54 holes of stroke play with a final day of match play of 18 holes.
Tournament week will start with a practice round and collegiate-am fundraising, followed by 27 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The final day will be 18 holes of seeded match play.
The first Stephens Cup is scheduled to be held Oct. 17-20 at the Alotian Club in Roland. The 2022 tournament is set for the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., and the 2023 tournament is slated to be held at the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.