Myrtle Beach, SC, December 12, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- 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 Touring professionals, today released its schedule for the upcoming 2014 season with 34 events total to be played; 18 Pro Series (with $130,000-150,000 & $175,000 guaranteed purses), 12 Carolina Summer Series, 3 Q-School Prep Series, and starting with the Members Only Shootout March 1st & 2nd at Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga., long time host of the South Georgia Classic.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour’s main Pro Series events are week-long, single-course, walking-only, guaranteed purse events designed to help players compete at golf’s highest levels. Pro Series events consist of a local qualifier, unlimited complimentary practice rounds and range use, a free junior clinic, sponsor’s pro-ams and pairings parties, and conclude with a four-day, 72-hole professional tournament. The NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series remains the only developmental tour in the country to guarantee all their purses. Many Pro Series events host long-drive and shootout competitions offering NGA members even more opportunity to make earnings while they develop their game. Players are not allowed to use riding carts or distance measuring devices during Pro Series tournament play, competing under the same circumstances they will face on golf’s top tour. It’s not hard to figure out why so many NGA Tour alums have gone on to have success at golf’s highest levels.
Members of the NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series, in addition to receiving priority entry into tour events, receive major club manufacturer player discounts, member golf course practice/playing privileges, complimentary practice rounds and range use at all Pro Series events, complimentary snacks and beverages during Pro Series tournament play, and the opportunity to earn Q-School reimbursements and Major Tour event exemptions. In 2013, the NGA Tour received event exemptions into the BMW Charity Pro-Am, Air Capital Classic, Price Cutter Charity Championship, News Sentinel Open, and Utah Championship. The NGA Tour also received event exemptions into the Reno-Tahoe Open and Sanderson Farms Championship, becoming the only developmental tour in history to ever receive such exemptions. Three event exemptions have already been secured for the upcoming 2014 season and more are sure to follow.
NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series Members receive priority for Volunteer Housing, Long-Drive and Shootout Competitions, paid Pro-Am participation, and event specific perks such as local sporting event tickets/discounts, area restaurant and business discounts, and the popular McCormick fishing tournament.
The recent addition of the newly branded NGA Great Lakes Tour will also provide Pro Series members even more opportunity to compete with more details coming in the following weeks.
Highlighted on the 2014 Pro Series schedule are return trips to the Monticello Course at Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, S.C., voted top event on Tour by members for the sixth year in a row; Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, N.C., 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 in Windsor, N.C., a 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 in North Augusta, S.C., former host to the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship; and The Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, S.C., a Tom Fazio design and favorite amongst NGA professionals.
Other gems featured for 2014 are return trips to Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca, S.C., a former qualifying school host 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”; Three Ridges Golf Course located in Knoxville, Tenn., home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, is the former host of the Knoxville Open and has been consistently voted best public course in East Tennessee; Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Ga., a long-time NGA host recently renovated by Robert Trent Jones; Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff, Ga., a thought provoking layout nestled through well-placed lagoons and scenic salt marshes with Champion Bermuda greens; and the newly branded Ocala National Golf Club in Ocala, Fla., formerly known as Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, is a Rees Jones re-design and former USGA Championship host referenced as one of the top layouts on the NGA Tour schedule. Ocala National was the site of Ted Potter Jr.’s last NGA Tour Pro Series win before going on to win at golf’s top level.
For Full 2014 NGA Pro Golf Tour Pro Series Schedule please visit http://www.ngatour.com/tournaments/pro/2014/