UWDC Celebrates 30 years of “People Helping People” via the Links
Longest-running Denton County charity golf event goes on with social distancing protocols
ARGYLE, TX – A thirty-year milestone was met Monday when golfers teed off at the Denton Country Club for United Way of Denton County’s annual “People Helping People” Golf Tournament. The tournament, led by local new vehicle dealers, is Denton County’s longest-running charity golf event. Despite social distancing safety restrictions, an impressive sum of over $57,000 was raised for United Way of Denton County.
The event looked a little different this year because of safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional shotgun start was replaced by tee times throughout the day, pin flags stayed in the holes, and social distancing was encouraged. Even with the revised format, 25 foursomes representing Denton County companies and organizations enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day on the links.
Golfers engaged in several on-course activities, including firing a tee shot from the Shady Oaks Office Center Air Cannon and participating in the ServPro of Denton Putting Contest. Golfers also had the opportunity to win a trip to Pebble Beach thanks to a contest with Charity Golf International. In lieu of the 19th Hole Celebration, winners were announced via Facebook Live, with the team from First United Bank logging the best round with a scramble cumulative of 52.
“This is the 30th year and Randy and I have played in all of them, so praise God. Let’s go for 30 more,” said tournament co-chair Carl Anderson of Bill Utter Ford. “I don’t know about 30 more, but at least ten,” added co-chair Randy Robinson of PointBank.
Beginning in 1991 at the old UNT Golf Course, the People Helping People Golf Tournament has continually garnered support from area dealerships and businesses. To date, the tournament has raised more than $765,000 to support United Way of Denton County’s mission to improve and transform lives in Denton County.
“Thank you to the vehicle dealers who started this tournament three decades ago,” said Gary Henderson, President & CEO of United Way of Denton County. “Thank you to our generous sponsors. Thank you to the golfers who came out to a different COVID-19 format, which spread you out throughout the day.”
Seven vehicle dealerships across Denton presented the tournament, including American Eagle Harley-Davidson, Bill Utter Ford, Classic Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Mazda, Honda of Denton, Huffines, James Wood, and Toyota of Denton.
Additional sponsors for the 30th Annual People Helping People Golf Tournament include:
Eagle Sponsors: DATCU Credit Union, Independent Financial, First State Bank, Merki & Associates P.C, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Birdie Sponsors: Santé Center for Healing, Sawko & Burroughs, Title Resources
Lunch Sponsors: First United Bank & Metzler’s
Hole Sponsors: American National Bank & Trust, Axis Reality Group, Charity Golf International, Illustrative Depictions Photography, Mayhill Hospital
Putting Hole Sponsors: SERVPRO of Denton
Media Sponsors: Denton Media Company