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Byron Nelson move all about the charities, organizers say

The Salesmanship Club generated controversy May 14 when they announced their intention to relocate the Byron Nelson Championship to the planned Trinity Forest Golf Course in 2019.

The result of a complex agreement between the Salesmanship Club, the PGA Tour, AT&T and the City of Dallas, the decision attracted intense media scrutiny since the announcement and the subsequent Dallas City Council vote on May 15 approving the construction of Trinity Forest. Attention has focused on whether the move is part of an internecine conflict between the cities of Dallas and Irving. But according to the Salesmanship Club, the organization behind the Byron Nelson, the move is about supporting their charities.

“The Salesmanship Club’s focus always has been and always will be our charities,” said Mike McKinley, chair of the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. “We have 7,000 kids in the Dallas area who rely on our programs. Seventy percent of the funding for those programs comes from the golf tournament. When we found out that HP was not going to renew their sponsorship after 2014, we started looking for a new title sponsor. AT&T stepped up.”

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