Twenty years ago, The First Tee Golf Course and learning center were constructed on the grounds of the former Rock Creek Golf Course and presented as a gift to the City of Little Rock by the late Jackson T. Stephens. Mr. Stephens has been described as “more important than any individual in moving The First Tee program forward” since its inception in 1997 by the World Golf Federation with the support of founding partners, the Augusta National Golf Club, the LPGA, PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA.
Also, twenty years ago The Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy, Inc. was created to provide the First Tee program as First Tee-Central Arkansas. Since its founding, First Tee-Central Arkansas has grown to serve close to 20,000 kids each year through the unique First Tee programming built around the 9 Core Values of Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement.
To celebrate our 20thanniversary First Tee-Central Arkansas would like you to join us in celebrating this significant milestone, August 1-2, 2021.
Sunday, August 1, 2021– Dinner at the Capital Hotel to honor Jack Stephens and Warren Stephens for their gracious contributions to First Tee-Central Arkansas and our community. As part of the festivities, we will announce the Jack Stephens Scholarship, provided annually to one young lady and one young man to help with cost of their college education.
Monday, August 2nd, 2021– Golf at the Alotian Club in Roland, Arkansas. The morning will start with a clinic for our First Tee participants conducted by PGA Tour Professionals Stacey Lewis,Andrew Landry, Austin Cook, Dicky Pride, Kevin Streelman, Will Zalatoris, Braden Thornberry, Kevin Doughtery, and Dawson Armstrong! The clinic will be followed by an 18-hole tournament on the beautiful Tom Fazio designed course. The four professionals will be playing at various times with all of the teams.
If you are unable to attend the event please consider making an special donation to our 20th Anniversary funds, part of which will go towards establishing our Jack Stephens Scholarship.
If you cannot participate in either of the events, please consider a donation to First Tee-Central Arkansas. Payments should be made payable to the First Tee of Central Arkansas and can be made online through PayPal link below, a portion of which may be tax deductible.