Special to the Journal
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – (December 3, 2013) – The National Golf Association Professional Golf Tour, the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States and the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour professionals, released its 2013 schedule today.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series will continue to model itself after the PGA and Web.com Tours, conducting single-course, week-long, walking-only events and guaranteed purses. Events consist of a local qualifier, a free junior clinic, sponsor’s pro-ams and conclude with a four-day, 72-hole professional tournament. Players receive complimentary practice rounds and range use during each Pro Series event. In mirroring the rules of the PGA and Web.com Tours, players will not be allowed to use riding carts or distance measuring devices during Pro Series tournament play.
The 2013 schedule features 34 events total including 18 GUARANTEED PURSE Pro Series 72-hole events. The NGA Pro Golf Tour remains the only other men’s tour in the country besides the PGA and Web.com Tour to guarantee their entire Pro Series purses, regardless of field size.
The NGA TOUR announced six (6) $200,000 GUARANTEED PURSE Pro Series events (regardless of field size), up from four (4) in 2012. The $200,000 Pro Series events will be limited to 168 players with a member’s entry fee of $1,150.
The remaining 12 Pro Series events will consist of 162 player fields, competing for a GUARANTEED $150,000 purse (regardless of field size), with a member’s entry fee of $925.
Members of the NGA Pro Golf Tour, in addition to receiving priority entry into tour events, will also have the opportunity to earn Web.com Tour Q-School reimbursements, Web.com Tour event exemptions (with no additional fees required) and a spot in the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open, the only event on the PGA TOUR schedule that has a Modified Stableford scoring system.
Other member benefits include: membership and playing privileges at some of the top golf courses in the Orlando, Myrtle Beach, and Atlanta areas, major club manufacturer player discount programs and priority participation in paid events such as Sponsor’s Pro-Ams, Long Drive Contests, and Shootout Competitions. Members also receive priority for volunteer housing and event specific perks such as fishing tournaments, tickets to local sporting events, and area restaurant and business discounts.
The 2013 season will once again kick off with the Members Only Shootout, taking place on Feb. 15-16, but this year’s event will be played at Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., which will also host the first event of the 2013 Pro Series schedule (Feb. 18-24, 2013). The medalist at this year’s Members Only Shootout will once again receive free entries into all 18 Pro Series events for the 2013 season.
NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series members also receive a free Carolina Series membership, enabling them to participate in another 12 events throughout the year.
In addition to being able to compete in 34 events, Pro Series members will also have the opportunity to play on some of the best and most challenging golf courses ever seen in developmental tour golf. The 2013 schedule features marquee venues that have hosted more combined PGA, LPGA, Web.com and Champions Tour events and USGA and NCAA Championships than any other tour in the history of developmental golf, starting with the opening event at Killearn Country Club, the host site to 21 PGA Tour and four LPGA Tour events, and continuing across the Midwest and Southeast.
Highlighted in the schedule are return events Rock Barn Golf & Spa, annual host to the Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic; Cherry Blossom GC, ranked No. 1 by Golfweek in the state of Kentucky for nine years running; Savannah Lakes Village, voted the top event on Tour by members for the fifth year in a row; Cutter Creek Golf Club, a 7,300-yard Bob Moore, JMP Golf Design course that is home to the 220-yard par-3 third hole tabbed the “Beast of the East”; Scotch Hall Preserve, the 7,463-yard Arnold Palmer Signature design known as the “Jewel of the Inner Banks” with several holes paralleling the majestic Albemarle Sound and scenic Salmon Creek; Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, host to the LPGA Tour’s Asahi Ryokuken International Championship from 2001 to 2004; and The Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, S.C., a Tom Fazio design and a favorite amongst NGA professionals.
The Tour will also make a “Beau-tiful” trip to the Gulf Coast in July, playing back-to-back events at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, La., and Beau Pre Country Club in Natchez, Miss. Beau Pre was dubbed “one of the best kept secrets in the South,” while the Joe Lee-designed Beau Chene is a pristine 36-hole layout located inside the metro area of New Orleans, a perfect setting for a fun 4th of July celebration.
Other gems featured in 2013 are return trips to the recently renovated Robert Trent Jones design at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Ga.; Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca, S.C., former host to the PGA TOUR’s Qualifying School and a superb championship design that acclaimed golf course designer P.B. Dye says “has everything it needs to be the best golf course in South Carolina”; and Three Ridges Golf Course, the former host to the Web.com Tour’s Knoxville Open and voted the best public course in East Tennessee. Three Ridges is located in Knoxville, Tenn., home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour will also be making a return to the Country Club of South Carolina, which was one of the top host sites annually on the Web.com Tour, as well as inaugural visits to three of the top golf courses in the state of Georgia: Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Ga., Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff, Ga., and Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Brunswick, Ga.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour puts an emphasis on selecting golf courses that best challenge and prepare professionals for taking that next step to the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR as evidenced by the hundreds of alumni that have advanced through the ranks. By scheduling different types of courses in different parts of the Southeast and Midwest, NGA TOUR professionals are better prepared for challenges they are sure to incur on the Web.com and PGA Tours. The 2013 NGA Pro Golf Tour scheduled courses have hosted more combined PGA, LPGA, Web.com and Champions Tour events, and USGA and NCAA Championships than any other tour in the history of developmental golf and ensure that the 2013 season will be its best to date!
The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the only Tour in the country, besides the PGA & Web.com Tours, to offer a full week of activities and benefits that include:
34 EVENTS TOTAL RUNNING FEBRUARY THROUGH OCTOBER
18 72-Hole “GUARANTEED” PURSE EVENTS ($150,000-$200,000), regardless of field size (More than any other developmental tour in the U.S.)
PLAYERS DISCOUNTS at some of the Top Facilities located in the Orlando, Myrtle Beach, and Atlanta areas such as Barefoot Resort and Orange County National (in the PGA Tour Q School Final Stage rotation).
12 Carolina Series Events held in the greater Myrtle Beach area
MEMBERS ONLY SHOOTOUT (FOR FREE PRO SERIES ENTRIES FOR THE YEAR – 18 EVENTS)
3 Q-SCHOOL PREP EVENTS to help prepare for the 2013 Web.com Qualifying School
12 EVENTS, “GUARANTEED” $150,000 PURSE
162 PLAYER MAX FIELD SIZE
$925 MEMBER ENTRY FEE
$1,250 NONMEMBER ENTRY FEE
6 EVENTS, “GUARANTEED” $200,000 PURSE
168 PLAYER MAX FIELD SIZE
$1,150 MEMBER ENTRY FEE
$1,400 NONMEMBER ENTRY FEE
WEB.COM TOUR Q-SCHOOL REIMBURSEMENTS
2013 RENO-TAHOE OPEN & WEB.COM TOUR EVENT EXEMPTIONS
ALL PRO SERIES EVENTS ARE SINGLE COURSE 72-HOLE WALKING EVENTS (36-HOLE CUT) (NO Distance Measuring Devices Allowed, mirroring Web.com & PGA Tours)
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES, FRUIT, AND NUTRITION BARS WEEKLY DURING PRO SERIES TOURNAMENT PLAY
COMPLIMENTARY PRACTICE ROUNDS AND RANGE BALLS WEEKLY DURING PRO SERIES EVENTS
PAID PRO-AM APPEARANCE FEES, SHOOTOUT AND LONG DRIVE CONTESTS AT SELECTED EVENTS
2013 NGA PRO GOLF TOUR SCHEDULE
|February 15-16||MOS – Killearn Country Club||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|February 18-24||Killearn Country Club||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|February 25- March 3||Spring Hill Country Club||Tifton, Ga.|
|March 11-17||Mount Vintage Plantation||North Augusta, S.C.|
|March 18-24||Chattahoochee Golf Course||Gainesville, Ga.|
|April 1-7||Sapelo Hammock Golf Club||Shellman Bluff, Ga.|
|April 8-14||Heritage Oaks Golf Club||Brunswick, Ga.|
|April 22-28||Cross Creek Plantation||Seneca, S.C.|
|April 29- May 5||Monticello Golf Club||McCormick, S.C.|
|May 13-19||Cherry Blossom Golf Club||Georgetown, Ky.|
|May 20-26||Three Ridges Golf Course||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|June 10-16||Scotch Hall Preserve||Windsor, N.C.|
|June 17-23||Cutter Creek Golf Club||Snow Hill, N.C.|
|July 1-7||Beau Chene Country Club||Mandeville, La.|
|July 8-14||Beau Pre Country Club||Natchez, Miss.|
|July 29- Aug. 4||Rock Barn Golf and Spa||Conover, N.C.|
|August 5-11||CC of South Carolina||Florence, S.C.|
|August 26-Sept. 1||The Members Club||Elgin, S.C.|
|Late Sept. – Mid Oct.||Q-School Prep Series||TBD|