Jackson T. Stephens Cup Announces Field for Second Annual Tournament; Golf Channel returns with live coverage
SMALL ROCK, Arch.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a successful debut in 2021, the Jackson T. Stephens Cup (Stephens Cup) today announced its field for the second year competition to be held at the Seminole Golf Club, Juno Beach, Fla., from 9-12 october. The Stephens Cup is a collegiate national golf tournament, named for the late Jackson (Jack) T. Stephens, the former president of Augusta National Golf Club.
This year’s competition will once again feature one of the finest fields in college golf. The venerable Seminole Golf Club, located on the Atlantic coast just north of West Palm Beach, is widely considered by many to be one of the finest examples of golf course layouts of all time and was designed by the legendary Donald Ross.
“Our goal is to create a distinctive and highly competitive collegiate tournament comprised of the stars of tomorrow from the PGA TOUR and LPGA playing on some of the best golf courses in the country,” said tournament chairman Warren Stephens. “Dad (Jack Stephens) truly believed that golf imparts life lessons and builds character, especially when he started young. Therefore, he would be very humbled and proud to have this tournament named after him.
“We are thrilled to host this year’s Jackson T. Stephens Cup at the Seminole Golf Club,” said Jimmy Dunne, president of the Seminole Golf Club. “Along with all of our members, I look forward to welcoming these talented young players and hope the rich history and traditions of Seminole golf will inspire them to play their best. This will be a special week for amateur golf.
The Stephens Cup champ will feature seven of the nation’s top NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s teams, as well as notable players from the U.S. military service academies and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) competing as ‘people.
The women’s division is expected to be one of the strongest ever in college golf with all seven teams ranked in the top 25 of the latest Golfstat NCAA Division 1 rankings. The 2022 national champion and top-ranked Stanford University in the women’s field are University of South Carolina fourth, Wake Forest University fifth, Louisiana State University 11th, University of Southern California 16th, University of Arkansas 20th, and Duke University ranked 21st.
All seven men’s teams are in the top 25 starting with Oklahoma State University in third, the University of North Carolina in fifth, the 2022 national champion and the University of Texas in seventh , the University of Arkansas ranked 12th, ranked 16th. University of Notre Dame, Stanford University ranked 17th, and Florida State University ranked 23rd.
Warren Stephens said the tournament is committed to expanding opportunities in the game of golf and fostering inclusion among talented golfers. In addition to highly ranked collegiate teams, individual invitations were sent to top players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and United States Military Service Academies (Army, Navy, and Air Force). “With these additions of collegiate golfers from HBCUs and U.S. military service academies, we celebrate diversity of education, ethnicity and background, recognizing that the sport is stronger with representation that reflects America. All of these young men and women are the future of golf and the heart of its growth. ”
The tournament format will consist of 54 holes in stroke play followed by 18 holes in match play. The first 54 holes in team stroke play will be used to determine the men’s and women’s field standings for the final day of match play. Stroke play medalists will be honored on October 11 before match play begins. Tournament week will begin with a practice round and collegiate event on Sunday.
The three-day competition will be televised live on GOLF Channel. Live streams will take place each day of the official tournament: Monday, October 10: 4-7 p.m. EST, Tuesday, October 11: 3-6 p.m. EST, and Wednesday, October 12: 3 p.m. at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. time. GOLF Channel is the television home for college golf, providing comprehensive live coverage of eight college golf championships each year across the network and its social and digital platforms.
Additional invitations will be extended to individuals from HBCUs and US Military Service Academies prior to the event.
2022 Tournament Schedule:
Sunday, October 9, 2022: practice rounds/college-am event Monday, October 10, 2022: stroke play (27 holes)
Tuesday, October 11, 2022: Stroke Play (27 holes)
Wednesday, October 12, 2022: Match Play Final by seed (1 v 2, 3 v 4, etc.)
About the Jackson T. Stephens Cup:
The Jackson T. Stephens Cup is an annual college golf tournament named in memory of the late President of Augusta National Golf Club, Jackson T. Stephens. The tournament is a four-day stroke play event featuring men’s and women’s teams vying for the NCAA Division I National Championship and top players from historically black colleges and universities and United States military service academies. United States. The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark., is the course for the Jackson T. Stephens Cup and will host the competition every four to five years, alongside other world-class golf venues. For more information on the Jackson T. Stephens Cup, visit www.stephenscup.com and follow the tournament on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.