Golf News for Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Tournaments

Gateway Pro Tour releases 2013 Arizona Winter Series schedule

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gateway Pro Tour released its 2013 Arizona Winter Series schedule, announcing a slate of twelve 54-hole tournaments scheduled to be played January - April throughout the Phoenix area, plus a season-end Tour Championship Charity Pro-Am.

The Winter Series will feature competitive purses as well as monthly cumulative "Points Races" to award Web.com Tour playing exemptions and PGA TOUR Q-School bonuses.

"We had an outstanding Winter Series this year, and look to have the same again in 2013," said Ryan Pray, executive director of Gateway Pro Tour. "We've been preparing, paying and graduating players for 11 years. Our payouts and incentives like the Web.com Tour exemptions and Q-School bonuses make our Tour attractive to those looking to play their way to the next level. There is a reason touring professionals have chosen Gateway Pro Tour as the number one place to start the season."

The 2013 season will get started January 8 with a two-day, 36-hole Sponsorship Event that will award the winner with free entry into all 12 Winter Series tournaments. The first 54-hole tournament of the Winter Series will take place at Southern Dunes Golf Club, Jan. 15-17, while the final event of the Winter Series will take place Apr. 24-26 at Encanterra Country Club. Details for the Tour Championship Charity Pro-Am will be released in the coming weeks.

Memberships for the 2013 season are currently being accepted, with the membership fee set at $1,000 before Dec. 1 and $1,500 after Dec. 1. All memberships are effective Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013.

The member entry fee for the entire 12-tournament Winter Series is $11,400 ($950 per tournament), while individual tournament entry fees are $1,150 for members; $1,350 for non-members and $600 for amateurs. Along with discounted tournament rates, members will be eligible for Web.com Tour exemptions, Q-School bonuses, the Tour Championship Charity Pro-Am, get complimentary practice rounds at host golf courses, and receive discounts from golf manufacturers and vendors.

GPT officials are currently working on the remainder of the 2013 schedule, which will feature tournaments May through October in California and Arizona.

For additional information about memberships and pricing or to apply online go to http://gatewayprotour.com/arizona-tournament/entry-info/.

Established in 2001, Gateway Pro Tour was created to help aspiring PGA TOUR professionals fine-tune their skills in competitive golf tournaments. In its 11-year history, the tour has maintained a leading position as the premier developmental professional golf tour on the west coast and has paid out more than $42.1 million to players over that period. Gateway has served more than 3,400 players, with 161 GPT alums currently playing on the Web.com and PGA Tours. These players represent 24 PGA Tour wins and 77 Web.com Tour wins. Today, Gateway Pro Tour continues to provide the ideal competitive environment as well as significant financial opportunities for aspiring PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour professionals.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or information for the 2013 season, go to www.gatewayprotour.com.