The King and Lord Byron in Arkansas


Along with for president George Bush, Arnold Palmer and “Lord” Byron Nelson dropped by Little Rock, Arkansas on April 11 to dedicate the Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. The nine-hole course is part of the First Tee program, a nationwide chain of golf facilities dedicated to promote golf to children.

Bush, Palmer and Nelson were in attendance to honor the native Arkansan Stephens, a former chairman of the Masters, for his philanthropic efforts in golf. “The program struck my heart because I love golf and the traditions of the game that Byron and Arnie uphold every day,” said Bush.

Turning to Stephens, Bush added, “Jack, we love you and we are very, very grateful for what you have done.” The ceremony ended with the unveiling of a bronze statue of a child playing golf.


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