Monday, April 12, 2021

2nd United Way Classic Golf Tournament Set for May 17-22

The United Way of Fort Smith Area is partnering with the All Pro Tour for a second-consecutive year to bring professional golf to Fort Smith, Ark. The 2nd annual United Way Classic will take place at Hardscrabble Country Club on May 17-22.

The week will be packed full of events, including a pro-am Tuesday, May 18, a youth clinic Wednesday, May 19 and a Sip N Chip on Thursday, May 20.

The pro rounds will take place Wednesday-Saturday, with the trophy and check presentation Saturday afternoon, May 22. The tournament purse for the 2021 Classic is $135,000, with the winner taking home $25,000.

Eddie Lee Herndon, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Fort Smith Area, said, “Thanks to our sponsors, APT Tour staff and players, Hardscrabble Country Club, participating partner agencies and volunteers, the United Way Classic was a huge success in the inaugural year. Overcoming COVID challenges, the pros had an incredible tournament. We raised $60,000 for our agencies and the economic impact to the area was over $500,000. We are expecting great things again this year and greatly appreciate all of our sponsors.”

One-hundred and fifty-six professional golfers participated in the United Way Classic in 2020.

This year’s event this year is open to the public. COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place at the time of the tournament will be followed.

The pro-am is a fun opportunity to improve your game, play with a professional and improve your network. Teams of four will be paired with a professional from the All Pro Tour. There will be a morning and afternoon flight with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The youth clinic is open to first- through 12th-graders. Registration is limited to the first 50 and will be on a first-come, first served basis. One parent or guardian may attend and must stay with the child. Registration for the pro-am and the youth clinic can be made online at

Event sponsors include Arvest Bank, Orr Auto Park, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Times Record, Cox Business, 5NEWS, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Rheem, Harry Robinson, Buick GMC, Firstar Bank, Strategic Realty, Sodies Wine & Spirits, Roy and Karen Slagle, City of Fort Smith, Lovvorn Lumber, ServiceMaster and MP Warehouse.

This annual charity event supports participating United Way agencies. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, contact the Fort Smith United Way office at (479) 782-1311 or email

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