Last year, Tiger Woods was the special guest for the first Jackson T. Stephens Charitable Golf Classic, a private affair of members and corporate sponsors at The Alotian Club way out in west Pulaski County. This year, it will be Phil Mickelson, the club announced in a press release today.
About the time of Woods’ visit last year, the Times reported in its insiders that Alotian owner Warren Stephens planned to bring in Mickelson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in successive years to the annual event.
Part of Woods’ visit last year included an exhibition that benefited the First Tee of Central Arkansas and First Tee of Fort Smith, and groups of kids from both along with Alotian members and invited guests (and, yes, the press) were allowed to attend. Woods was sick with a bad head cold, but still handled the exhibition and played a few holes during the golf event before heading out.
Mickelson is the defending Masters champion and a two-time winner at Augusta National, where Warren Stephens is a member and where his father, the late Jack Stephens, was chairman during the 1990s. Mickelson is considered the second best golfer in the world behind Woods.
Here’s the press release we received: