Dallas, TX – The sixth stop on the All Pro Tour schedule brings professional golf back to Fort Smith, Arkansas for the first time since the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic in 2010. The inaugural United Way Charity Golf Classic presented by Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland will feature 156 of the best PGA hopefuls August 5th – 8th at Hardscrabble Country Club, one of Arkansas’ top-rated golf courses.
“We’re excited to bring professional golf back to the Fort Smith area. Hardscrabble CC is a great test of golf and a perfect setting for this event. Fort Smith has a great legacy of hosting professional golf events and we are certain this will be one of the best events on our 2020 schedule,” says Gary DeSerrano, President of All Pro Tour.
The event is 72-holes of stroke play with the field being cut down to the top 40% including ties, after 36-holes. This year’s tournament purse is expected to be $140,000 with the tournament champion taking home $35,000. This year’s champion will also receive a paid entry into the Big Money Golf Classic in Orlando, Florida at Orange County National December 21st – 23rd.
“United Way of Fort Smith Area is very excited to partner with All Pro Tour, Hardscrabble Country Club, and Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland to bring professional golf back to our region. The tournament will be a great economic boost for our local community and businesses while directly benefiting our 32 Partner Agencies and United Way Initiatives. We are looking forward to a week of excellent professional golf with 156 PGA hopefuls and exciting community activities,” says Eddie Lee Herndon, President/CEO, United Way of Fort Smith Area.
With a rich history of past winners in Fort Smith at Hardscrabble Country Club, players will be looking to etch their names next to the likes of Zach Johnson, Chris Krik, and Colt Knost. A favorite in this week’s field for the inaugural event is current APT money leader Greg Eason (Leicester City, England). In his six starts on the All Pro Tour this season, Eason has tallied three top 5 finishes including a win back in March. Another favorite in this week’s field is our Cooper Communities NWA Charities Open Champion, Sam Stevens (Fort Worth, TX). To hoist the trophy at Hardscrabble the winning player might have to continue the streak of going low. The average score to win on the All Pro Tour this season through six events has been 22-under par. “It’s hard to get the win out here, you have to bring it,” said Stevens. “With the PGA developmental tours off this summer a ton more guys are coming out to play resulting in full fields and the talent level of those fields being really high. You’ve got to really play well to win.” Hardscrabble Country Club will propose a great challenge for our field of 156. The lowest score record in tournament play came from Mark Hensby at 20-under in 1998 at the inaugural Nike Fort Smith Classic. This year’s field will look to top that to hoist the trophy.
There will be a full slate of activities throughout the week including clinics, parties, and a pro-am tournament on Tuesday, August 4th. A full list of the week’s schedule can be found here. Attendance is free to the public.