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GOLF: Landry lands sponsorship deal with Arkansas investors

Groves native Andrew Landry and fellow former University of Arkansas golfer Austin Cook have landed sponsorships from Little Rock investors Stephens Inc., joining fellow golfer David Lingmerth as representatives of the independent financial services firm.

Landry was a three-time All-American at Arkansas in the 2000s and turned professional in 2009 shortly after he and Sweden native Lingmerth led the Razorbacks to an NCAA runner-up finish to Texas A&M. He won his first PGA Tour event at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio in April, three months after nearly winning a CareerBuilder Challenge playoff over Jon Rahm in La Quinta, California.

Landry, of course, made national waves during the 2016 U.S. Open after leading the first round and making the final pairing. He earned his first sponsorship deal shortly after the major from Moonshine Sweet Tea in Austin, his current hometown, and donated the $10,000 endorsement check to a Groves toddler who was fighting leukemia.

“I am thrilled to begin this marketing partnership with Stephens,” Landry said. “I am truly honored and proud to represent the brand and look forward to the future as a member of the larger Stephens family.”

Cook, of Little Rock, was a two-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year who turned professional in 2014 and joined the PGA Tour last year. He won the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Georgia, last November for his first Tour victory and qualified for the British Open.

“Throughout my life, I have steadfastly believed that the game of golf instills a code of honor that directly translates to every aspect of life, whether in business or elsewhere,” said Warren Stephens, President and CEO of Stephens Inc. “Therefore, I have found it increasingly important to support the game as much as possible as I have seen the positive impact it can have on young people, especially in the state of Arkansas. I am thrilled to have Andrew Landry and Austin Cook join David Lingmerth as brand ambassadors. They are not only fine players, but fine men and all of us at Stephens look forward to being a part of their successes.”

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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