Thompson prepares to host The Ralph

 06/22/2018 - 12:08

By his own admission Forrest City native John Thompson says he has never been accused of knowing too much about any one thing.
Mainly football lingo.
“When you’re talking football, the game of, you have to be careful about the language of the game especially when you are talking to people who may not be around the game as much as I have been.
“The game itself is simple and I try to make it simple. The team that scores the most points wins.”
When Thompson is not talking football, he is more than likely talking about The Ralph, the annual golf tournament played in Forrest City named in honor of Thompson’s father, Ralph Thompson.
The Ralph, set for Monday at the Forrest City Country Club, raises money for the East Arkansas fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The way people can help is to sign up for the tournament, a four-person scramble format and play. This Monday’s tournament is the 17th annual event and after all this time, the tournament remains a fun day for everyone involved.
“It has been a blessing for me to be a part of FCA and to be a part of this tournament,” Thompson said in a recent interview.
Thompson and his wife Charlene currently reside in Atlanta, Ga., and have opened a clothing store which they named the “Clothes Horse.”
“Once a Mustang, always a Mustang,” Thompson laughed regarding the store’s name.
Thompson also volunteers as the new defensive coordinator for Class 4A Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, located in the Roswell, Ga.
On Monday, Thompson will once again serve as The Ralph tournament host.
“It is a positive thing,” Thompson said. “for all of northeast Arkansas but especially for Forrest City. It lays a lot of groundwork for good things to happen.”
Thompson said the coaches, all who are involved in FCA, drive the FCA.
“You don’t have to be an athlete or a coach to become involved in FCA and what the organization stands for,” Thompson added. “And that is what makes The Ralph such a feel good tournament on what has always been a feel good day for all involved.”
All of the money raised by the tournament stays in northeast Arkansas, the way the tournament was initially set up for and not only helps St. Francis County but also Monroe, Lee, Cross and other counties within this area.
Entry fees are $125 per person or $500 per team and the entry fee this year includes mulligans, putting for birdie on par three and the skins game.
This year’s tournament has an added attraction in featuring a long drive golfer who has hit a golf ball 468 yards. He will be on hole No. 9 and let some of the local golfers offer a friendly challenge
For more information about the tournament contact David Parker at 870-307-2500 or email at
The tournament will have a morning schedule beginning at 8 a.m. and an afternoon schedule beginning at 1 p.m.


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