MIDLAND, Michigan — Four dealerships have agreed to a friendly competition at the Special Olympics Midland golf outing on July 23.
McArdle Buick GMC Cadillac, Garber Chevrolet, Feeny Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Midland Ford Lincoln will be competing in the 31-team scramble and in another internal competition for a special trophy awarded to the lowest-scoring dealership foursome.
The winning group will get its name etched on the trophy and will be allowed to keep the trophy until next year's golf scramble, said Chris Noel, chair of the golf outing and the former general manager of McArdle Buick, whose son participates in the Special Olympics.
"We want it to be like hockey's Stanley Cup, where it travels to the winning dealership each year," Noel told Edmunds.
The competition inside the competition is a first for the golf outing, said Noel.
While McArdle Buick has been the outing's main sponsor for nine straight years, offering up a lease on a 2016 Buick Encore for a hole-in-one prize, this year marks the first time Midland's competing dealerships registered to play.
"You would think we were competitors but when it comes to supporting the Special Olympics, we're all more like a community, allies helping a good cause," Tom McArdle, owner of McArdle Buick, told Edmunds.
Chad Wilson, general manager of Midland Ford Lincoln, agrees, but he's taking the competition seriously, too.
"I've been letting my best golfers leave an hour or two early so they can go to the driving range on their way home to practice," Wilson told Edmunds.
While bragging rights are at stake, Wilson understands the real winners are the Special Olympians who benefit from the fundraiser.
"We decided we could have a little fun, a little competition and make a big difference for a group that's doing great work," Wilson said.
Edmunds says: Dealerships that unite for a common cause all win in the end.