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Sign-ups under way for golf tournament
Annual event benefits the local United Way
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Forsyth County News

To register for the 15th Annual Norman's Landing Charity Golf Classic, go online at For more information, contact Bill Norman or Kim Vogel at (770) 886-0100 or e-mail

A popular charity golf tournament will celebrate its 15th year in a few weeks.

The Norman's Landing Charity Golf Classic, benefitting United Way of Forsyth County, is set for May 16 at Polo Golf & Country Club.

Bill Norman, owner of Norman's Landing restaurant, said while participation in fundraisers has suffered with the economy in recent years, he's aiming for high numbers.

"Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout for our 15th year," he said. "We're hoping for at least 100 people."

Norman has raised more than $1 million since 1995 for various local charities through efforts like the golf tournament.

"Nearly $400,000 of that $1 million has gone to the United Way because that's my favorite charity," he said.

The tournament has raised as much as $32,000 in previous years, though the 2010 event brought in $16,000.

Ruth Goode, executive director of United Way of Forsyth County, said she is pleased to have Norman's continued support.

"He's been a longtime partner and stuck by us," she said. "He's raised very close to $370,000 for us and that's very, very big for us."

This year's tournament will begin with registration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon.

Besides golf, Norman said those attending can also enjoy silent auctions and raffles.

"We've got a lot of great prizes for the silent auction and raffles like a trip to our house in Costa Rica and a flat screen TV," he said.

In addition, Billy Howell Ford will offer a free vehicle to anyone making a hole-in-one on a specific hole.

Norman's Landing will provide lunch and dinner.

"We'll have burgers and dogs for lunch, and our great ribs for dinner," Norman said.

Added Goode: "It's the best golf tournament with the best food. You don't go away hungry."