Al Jones Memorial Golf Tournament
In 2014, UT Tyler golf made history when both the men’s and women’s programs finished out their seasons ranked No. 1 nationally. After competing in eight tournaments and winning all eight, both programs have high hopes for a successful 2015 season which begins Feb. 23.
While both programs spend their spring seasons traveling around the nation, there is one special weekend in the fall when UT Tyler hosts a competition in Tyler, Texas. A tournament that began in 2005, by former head coach King Campbell, was initially named the UT Tyler Fall Invitational.
This tournament and other golf initiatives were funded by a very special friend to UT Tyler, along with his business partners. Without the generosity of Al Jones and his business partners, our golf programs would have struggled to grow and become the powerhouse they are known to be today.
In 2010, our friend Al Jones suddenly passed away. However, his legacy remains on UT Tyler’s campus. To continue the legacy and in memory of Al, the annual golf tournament was renamed the Al Jones Invitational and has continued to be a successful tournament each year.
Nancy Jones has continued to be a major supporter of UT Tyler’s golf programs since her husband’s passing. She expressed the passion that Al had for UT Tyler when she stated, “Al believed the tournament would generate interest in UT Tyler golf and bring more students to the sport, perhaps going on to pursue their dreams in their golfing careers.”
Former head coach and UT Tyler legend King Campbell has also reminisced on the good times he shared with Al. King mentioned, “Al was my best friend and helped me a lot when and after I was trying to get the programs established. On the inside he was a kind and generous man who would do anything for a person in need.”
UT Tyler continues to be grateful to Al and Nancy Jones and Al’s business partners for allowing us to host such a special tournament each year. It is with much thanks and excitement that we get to continue the legacy of Al Jones and host a successful tournament each year in Tyler, Texas.