(Bella Vista, AR) – The 4th stop on the 2020 All Pro Tour schedule takes the players to Bella Vista Village Country Club to compete in the third annual Cooper Communities NW Arkansas Charity Classic from June 24-27.
“This is a caring community that lives for golf,” said Director of Golf Darryl Muldoon. “Our community and the volunteers make the event what it is. Over the past two years we’ve been overwhelmed with volunteers and their passion for the community and the game of golf, which makes a great experience for the pros.”
Greeting the APT field in Bella Vista, AR is an estimated purse of $120,000. This year’s field on 144 players will compete in a 72-holes stroke play format with a cut after 36 holes to the top 35 percent of the starting field, including ties. The winners share of the pie will be a minimum of $25,000 guaranteed.
“The members are excited for the All Pro Tour to come as they mark off their calendars,” Muldoon said. “We have over 400 volunteers signed up to work the tournament throughout the week. This year with the WAPT here they will be split over the two courses so the women will experience the same hospitality the men have the past few years. We have over 118 golf groups throughout the area who will come out to watch the pros play.”
Defending Champion James Nitties (Newcastle, Australia) is among the competitors. Nitties won the event in 2019 when the Cooper Communities NWA Charity Classic was held at Bella Vista Country Club for the first year. Also, in this year’s field is current money leader Greg Eason (Kissimmee, FL). This will be Eason first trip to Bella Vista. Another notable player in the field this week is University of Arkansas alumni Alvaro Ortiz (Guadalajara, Mexico). Ortiz has seen a lot of success since leaving being the first Mexican to play in the Masters since 1979 and the first amateur to play since the 60’s. Ortiz had his first APT start last week at the Supreme Lending Classic where he led after posting a first round 63. Ortiz finished the week T16.
With 144 professional men from all over the world are expected to play in the Cooper Communities NW Arkansas Charity Classic. There will be a full slate of activities throughout the week including clinics, parties, and a pro-am tournament on Tuesday, June 22nd. A full list of the weeks schedule can be found here. Attendance is free to the public.