Monday, July 04, 2005

NGT Retooling Texas Series for 2006

The National Golf Tour is a development tour for golfers aspiring to play professional tournament golf. The NGT is one of the fastest-growing tours in the U.S. with regional series in numerous states. Texas is one of those states; the NGT's regional tour here is the Lone Star Series.

The NGT Lone Star Series teed off in 2005, but the tour has announced major changes to its 2006 operations in Texas. The changes should result in bigger fields, bigger purses and bigger rewards to Lone Star Series participants.

One of the biggest changes for 2006 is that all NGT Lone Star Series tournaments will be played in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The tournament schedule will run from August through October, with the NGT national championship in November at Pinehurst Resort.

Twelve tournaments in all will be scheduled, each 54 holes in length with a cut after 36 holes. Assuming a full field of 144 players, the purse for each event will be $130,000, with $18,500 going to the winner.

Golfers must pay up front for the full schedule, but a $500 deposit will reserve a spot on the tour. The deadline to pay in full is April 1, 2006, and players will be able to buy and sell tournaments as the Lone Star Series progresses.

Golfers interested in learning more about the NGT's 2006 Lone Star Series, or in registering, can call 214-460-9917 or email the national tournament director, Chris Carter, at chris@nationalgolftour.com.

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