Myrtle Beach, SC, December 30, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The NGA Pro Golf Tour announced today that the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am, Price Cutter Charity Championship, and News Sentinel Open have once again granted unrestricted exemptions to the NGA Tour for the upcoming 2014 season.
Since the start of the 2010 season, the NGA Tour has been granted thirty (30) Major event exemptions including seven (7) in each of the past two seasons. The PGA TOUR®’s Reno-Tahoe Open and Sanderson Farms Championship each awarded the NGA Tour event exemptions in 2013 with this being the second year in a row for the Reno-Tahoe Open. The 30 event exemptions are by far the most of any developmental tour in the country and you can be sure there will be more to come as the 2014 season draws near.
“This past season was another great one for the NGA Tour,” said Robin L. Waters, NGA Tour President. “We were able to secure seven Major event exemptions including two on the number one tour in the world. Our ultimate goal is to develop and prepare our players to be successful at golf’s highest levels and what better way than providing them the opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the world. We will continue to strive to get as many opportunities as we can for our players to help them achieve their goals and dreams of playing on the PGA and Web.com tours.”
In 2011 Russell Knox and Ted Potter Jr. started the season as NGA Tour Pro Series members and would move up in-season after wins at the Chiquita Classic and the South Georgia Classic. Fellow NGAers Josh Broadaway, Billy Hurley, Matt Hendrix, Will Wilcox, and Casey Wittenberg also made the jump in-season in 2011. Matt Harmon, the 2010 NGA Tour money title winner, was awarded the NGA Tour event exemption into the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship where he tied for 2nd earning exempt status for the remainder of the year. This year saw 2013 NGA Tour Pro Series members Blayne Barber and Peter Malnati, both with no status to start the year, and Nick Rousey and Zack Sucher, both with conditional status, all move up after having success in-season. Malnati would go on to win the News Sentinel Open, earning his membership on golf’s top tour for the 2013-14 season, where he has already had an 11th place finish in the OHL Classic.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only tournament on the number two tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with tour professionals in a four-day four-ball competition over three courses in the Greenville region of South Carolina. NGA Tour alums have won the BMW Charity Pro-Am the past 4 years straight with Mark Anderson (2013), Nick Flanagan (2012 & 2007), Garth Mulroy (2011), and Justin Hicks (2010). The BMW Charity Pro-Am is scheduled for May 12th thru 18th, 2014.
The Price Cutter Charity Championship is one of the oldest and most storied events in the tour’s history. Held at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo., the Price Cutter Charity Championship is joined by Boise, Idaho, Knoxville, Tenn. and Wichita, Kan., in having hosted an event on the number two tour every year since 1990. NGA Tour alumni have won four of the past five Price Cutter Charity Championships including Justin Bolli (2009), Steve Friesen (2011), Chris Wilson (2012), and 2013 Champion Andrew Svoboda. The Price Cutter Charity Championship is scheduled for August 4th thru 10th, 2014.
The News Sentinel Open has long been a stepping stone for former NGA Tour players in realizing their dream of playing on golf’s top tour. In addition to this year’s winner, Peter Malnati, past champions include NGA Tour alumni Darron Stiles, Vaughn Taylor, Heath Slocum, Robin Freeman, Eric Johnson, Tim Conley and Chris Kirk. This will be the 5th consecutive year the NGA Tour has been awarded an unrestricted exemption into the event scheduled for August 11th thru 17th, 2014.
The NGA Tour, the #3 men’s professional golf tour in the US and #1 most recommended developmental tour by top touring professionals, is currently taking memberships for the upcoming 2014 NGA Tour Pro Series season. Anyone wishing to join the NGA Tour for the upcoming 2014 season may do so by contacting the NGA Tour Offices. For more information on the NGA or the NGA Pro Golf Tour, please visit our website at www.NGATOUR.com or contact our Tour Offices at (800) 992-8748.