Tour Logo Redesigned
December 29, 2006
The Michigan Player's Tour has redesigned its logo to accomodate objections filed by the PGA Tour. The new logo was installed on the web site December 29th.
New Tour logo
Ken Carter, Director of the Michigan Player's Tour and designer of the original mark, was resigned to the change. "As a graphic designer, I felt I had designed a logo that was clearly different from other marks in professional golf. Since the level of skill and intelligence required to compete professionally in golf is perhaps the highest of any sport, I was surprised they thought the marks would be confused."
The PGA Tour felt the mark was "confusingly similar" to the PGA Tour logo, and that the general public would consider the two tours to be affiliated. Since the PGA Tour logo is a registered mark, the PGA Tour has the right to file an injunction to stop use of the Michigan Player's Tour mark whether the objection is valid or not. This left the Michigan Player's Tour with no option but to comply.
"Regardless of what the logo looks like, the Michigan Player's Tour will still have one of the most spectacular and demanding lineups of tournament courses in all of golf," Carter said.
2007 Men's Division Schedule Completed
November 10, 2006
With the addition of The Michigan Player's Tour Championship at Eagle Eye G.C. in Bath on October 2-3, 2007, the Michigan Player's Tour has completed lining up events for the 2007 Men's Division schedule.
The Men's Division schedule will consist of eight 18 hole events and nine 36 hole events at some of the most scenic (and difficult) courses in Michigan. The Tour will kick off the season June 5th at Shepherd's Hollow G.C. in Clarkston, which is ranked #2 by Michigan Golf Magazine in its list of "Michigan Monsters," and continue throughout the summer to nearly every region of the lower peninsula. In all, the Tour will conduct events at six of the courses mentioned in the "monsters" list.
The Tour will also conduct four 18 hole events for women in 2007, which are designed to help publicize the creation of the Women's Division of the Michigan Player's Tour in 2008. Two of these events have now been scheduled, and will occur at UAW Black Lake G.C. in Onaway on July 12th, and at Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on August 1. In the coming days, the Tour will finalize the Women's Division schedule as well.
The Tour will begin accepting membership applications for the 2007 Men's Division on January 1st, 2007.
Tour To Institute Checkpoint Pace Of Play Policy
October 18, 2006
In order to maintain a reasonable pace of play in Tour events, the Michigan Player's Tour has adopted the "checkpoint" pace of play policy, effective at the beginning of the 2007 season.
The "checkpoint" pace of play policy requires players to arrive at designated checkpoints on the course within a certain period of time after teeing off, or to arrive at the checkpoint within a specified time after the previous group. If a group fails to arrive at the checkpoint at the specified time, the players in the group will be subject to penalty.
Slow play is a problem at all levels of golf, from casual play on public courses to the PGA Tour. The checkpoint system places the responsibility of maintaining pace on players, and does not require tournament committees to place numerous officials on the course to monitor play and time individual groups. In the opinion of the Tour, maintaining reasonable pace of play is every bit as integral to competitive golf as any other aspect of the Rules.
For specific details regarding this policy, please see the Pace of Play page of this web site.
Changes Made to Prize Money Payouts
August 19, 2006
In response to player suggestions, the Michigan Player's Tour has changed its policy regarding the percentage of the field to be paid in 18 hole Tour events.
In 18 hole tournaments, prize money will now be paid to the lowest 25% of scorers and ties. The amount paid to the champion has also been changed -- the champion will now receive 35% of the purse. In multi-round events, the policy remains unchanged.
The change will take effect September 12th at Treetops Resort.
Events Added To 2007 Schedule
August 8, 2006
The Michigan Player's Tour has added several events to the 2007 schedule -- most recently a 36 hole event at Thousand Oaks G.C. in Grand Rapids on August 7th and 8th, and an 18 hole event at King's Challenge G.C. in Cedar on July 3rd.
In the coming days, several additional events will be added to the schedule, with ten 36 hole events and six 18 hole events being the ultimate goal for the 2007 season.
The Tour will also conduct four 18 hole events for women in 2007, which are designed to help publicize the creation of the Women's Division of the Michigan Player's Tour in 2008.
The Tour will begin accepting membership applications for the 2007 season on January 1st, 2007.
Changes Made to Tour Membership Policy
August 8, 2006
In order to increase field sizes in the early years of the Tour, the Michigan Player's Tour has revised its Membership policy to make it easier for non-members to compete in Tour events beginning in the 2007 season.
The changes to the policy are as follows --
The cost of purchasing a membership can be found on the Membership page.
Entry fees for non-members are affected by these changes -- please go to the Entry Fees page to see these changes.
Tour Begins Setting Up 2007 Schedule
June 22, 2006
The Michigan Player's Tour received approval today to post the date of the first event of the 2007 season, a 36 hole event to be held at Shepherd's Hollow G.C. in Clarkston, Michigan. The date of the event is June 5 - 6, 2007.
The event will be the first of 8 to 10 multi-round events to be conducted during the 2007 season, the first full season of the Tour. Players can also expect several 18 hole events on the schedule as well. The event has been posted on the Tour Schedule page.
On January 1st, 2007, the Michigan Player's Tour will begin accepting membership applications for the 2007 season. Players desiring to compete in Tour events during the 2007 season will be required to obtain a membership.