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Edwin Watts Golf Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Five Utah Stores Affected
Just a little over a year ago, in March of 2012, the block buster news of the day was that Uinta Golf had sold its five retail operations to Edwin Watts Golf Shops, the fastest growing golf retailer in the country. The chain declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 4th in Florida and the assets are being sold at an auction on December 3rd.
The five Utah stores are still operating while waiting to learn what happens at auction.
Joe Judd, popular manager of Uinta Golf for nearly 15 years, left the company shortly after the bankruptcy announcement. He has returned to his roots in the grocery business at Smith’s Food King.
Sean Smith, the grandson of the founder of Smith’s Food King, purchased Uinta Golf in 1998 from Gordon O’Neil and hired Judd as the manager. They had both worked together at Smith’s. They grew the business to five outlets from Ogden to St. George before selling to Edwin Watts last year.
When filing for bankruptcy protection on November 4th the company cited a decrease in consumer spending and reduction of participation in golf as the reasons behind the bankruptcy.Judd and Smith could not be reached for comment.