CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte, NC-based eGolf announced that the eGolf Tarheel Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour) will officially be known as the eGolf Professional Tour beginning immediately.
The Tarheel Tour, which was formed in 2002 by professional golfer David Siegel as a training ground for aspiring PGA Tour players, was based out of Charlotte and consisted of 10 tournaments within the greater Charlotte area in its first year. The tour now consists of 19 tournaments annually with sites as far south as Savannah, GA and as far north as Charlottesville, VA.
"When we started this tour, the Tarheel Tour was a great name that allowed people to realize where our base was and where the majority of our events were played," said Siegel, now the president of the eGolf Professional Tour. "However, we now have players from over 30 countries and six continents, so the time seemed right to be less regionally based in terms of our name."
Thus far in 2009, a big part of eGolf's influence has been felt in the purses, which have more than doubled and range from $220,000 to $300,000 each week. Players are competing for more than $4.5 million in prize money this year and clearly like what they see as the first two full-field events averaged 222 players each.
eGolf originally purchased the tour in August of 2008 and gradually incorporated added money to the remaining 2008 purses as well as a season-ending bonus pool for players just weeks before the start of PGA Tour Qualifying School.
"What attracted us to the Tarheel Tour was the foundation that David had built through the years and the quality with which the events were conducted," said eGolf CEO Wes Jones. "Not only are you acquiring the infrastructure, but you are inheriting the reputation - and that is a good thing."
In addition to the Professional Tour, eGolf operates the eGolf Radio Show heard throughout the Carolinas, the eGolf Academy at Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines, NC, the nationwide eGolf Amateur Tour and the soon-to-be-launched eGolf Online Tee Times - a booking resource for golfers.
"The tour is yet another piece of the puzzle in building the eGolf brand," said Jones. "This is where the best players are going to come from for many years and we are looking forward to influencing their development."
The 2009 eGolf Professional Tour season began three weeks ago at the FairwayStyles.com Open and will conclude with the Tour Championship in October. The tour is in Savannah, GA this week for the $300,000 Savannah Quarters Championship. A field of 156 players is competing for a first-place prize of $50,000.
About eGolf Professional Tour
The eGolf Professional Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour) is a Charlotte, NC-based professional golf tour that has conducted 54- and 72-hole tournaments in the Southeast since its inception in 2002. The tour features approximately 19 professional tournaments annually with purses ranging from $220,000 to $300,000 and field sizes from 156 to 240 players. In its seven-year history, the tour has seen the likes of Will MacKenzie, Jason Bohn, Steve Marino, Tommy Gainey, Matt Bettencourt and others ascend to the PGA Tour, while over 250 past eGolf Professional Tour players have gone on to play on the Nationwide Tour. In 2009, the tour will join in the green initiative by layering in product, practices and incentives for its more than 300 projected members in order to create a positive environmental impact in the arena of professional sports.
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