The Inaugural United Way Classic
The inaugural United Way Classic presented by Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland will be held August 3rd – 8th, 2020 at Hardscrabble. The week will include a pro-am event, clinics, parties and a 72-hole championship finishing on Saturday, August 8th. The tournament purse is expected to be $140,000 with the tournament
champion taking home $35,000.
United Way of Fort Smith Area
“United Way of Fort Smith Area is very excited to partner with All Pro Tour, Hardscrabble Country Club, and Cherokee Casino & 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 over 132 PGA hopefuls and exciting community activities. In addition, we greatly appreciate Arvest Bank and ORR Automotive Group for their early commitments to ensure the success of the tournament. Most importantly, 100% of the sponsorship’s and proceeds beyond this point will go directly to impact our work in the community”, says Eddie Lee Herndon,
President/CEO, United Way of Fort Smith Area..
In operation since 1994, the APT, a subsidiary of K&G Sports LLC., partners with local non-profits to conduct professional golf tournaments in the mid-south region of the U.S. In addition to raising thousands of dollars each year for charity, these events provide an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the PGA Tour.
APT has successfully graduated players to the PGA Tour. They include PGA Tour winners Mark Hensby, J.L. Lewis, Tim Herron, Cameron Beckman, Bubba Watson, and Ryan Palmer. Several former members have also earned their privileges to the PGA’s Web.com Tour; including Web.com Tour winners Scott Sterling, Ron Whittaker, Shawn Stefani, Edward Loar, and J.J. Killeen (2011 POY on the Web.com Tour).
APT currently conducts professional golf tournaments in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.
Resources for Golfers
Hardscrabble Country Club
World-class golf at Hardscrabble CC
Designed by renowned golf course architect Perry Maxwell, our course was built in 1926 on the former site of Hardscrabble Farm, a fruit orchard. The course was renovated in 1998 by Jay and Carter Morrish, updating the bunkers and greens to the modern game while preserving the layout.
Cherokee Casino and Hotel Roland
At Cherokee Casino Roland, not only have the surroundings been created with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, but the experienced dealers and staff that you’ll meet on the casino floor are the reason our casino is a favorite among locals.
When you need to pause, our rooms are a destination all in themselves. The 120-room hotel tower has every amenity you’re looking for!
Volunteers play a critical role to help conduct a smooth and successful tournament week. This APT tournament consists of four (4) rounds of golf; played August 5th- 8th. We are looking for people who are familiar with the game of golf to help contribute time and energy during these tournament rounds. If you are interested please email us.
Thank You To Our Partners
Since 1928, United Way of Fort Smith Area has provided change in our area. We mobilize our community in ways that no single agency, individual, or government can to enhance the ability of people to care for one another.
United Way addresses the needs important to people who live and work in Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties.