Tommy Barnes Golf Tournament Set For May 11

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello football program is set to host its annual fund-raising golf tournament Saturday, May 11 at the Monticello Country Club. The tournament will sport a new name this year, honoring UAM’s all-time winningest football coach Tommy Barnes, who passed away this past March after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

   The 4-man scramble event is $300 per team, which includes greens fee and lunch.

   There will be silent auction items available. More information about those items will be released at a later date.

   Additionally, there will be door prizes handed out as well as awards for winners of the closest to the pin and hole in one challenges.

   Head Football Coach Hud Jackson is offering hole sponsorships for $150. To become a sponsor, or to register for the tournament, contact Jackson at (870) 460-1701 or email him at


   Barnes came to UAM in 1980 as an assistant coach following a highly successful career at Montrose Academy, where he compiled a combined junior and senior high school record of 98-14-4. He became UAM’s 20th head football coach following the 1984 season and for the next 12 years guided the Boll Weevils to 69 wins, 53 losses and one tie. His 1988 and 1993 squads reached the NAIA Division I playoffs and his teams were ranked in the final NAIA Top 25 six times. His 1993 team won the championship of the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and his ’88 squad is the only team in school history to win 10 games in a season. A native of Fordyce, Barnes was a three-year letterman for UAM (then Arkansas A&M) from 1969-71, rushing for 1,688 yards as a wishbone fullback.


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