2018 Tour Schedule Complete
Tour To Conduct 13 Events This Season
The 2018 season will be the second year in which the Tour will conduct all of its events on weekend afternoons. In 2017, this proved successful, as the Tour essentially doubled participation in most events. It is hoped even more players will come out and tee it up with us in 2018.
The season will begin on June 2nd with the Devil's Ridge Open in Oxford, and for the first time in 11 years, the Tour will conduct one or more 36 hole events. A separate story regarding this follows.
The Tour will utilize three new courses in 2018. These are as follows --
The 2018 season will conclude with the Michigan Players Tour Championship on September 22, to be held at the incredible Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant.
Coyote Preserve Open To Be First 36 Hole Event In 11 Years
With Tour events now being scheduled on weekends, the result has been significantly greater participation, which makes multi-round events much more viable.
Although the Tour has only scheduled one 36 hole event in 2018, it is prepared to add additional 36 hole events in 2018 should there be sufficient interest and support of the CPO.
Of course, the advantage of conducting 36 hole events is that the purse in the event is doubled, and multi-round events allow players to bring out their best golf during competition.
Several Ways to Cut Costs Are Available
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Tour Will Continue To Work Towards Goals
"Given the unsurpassed collection of spectacular courses throughout Michigan, combined with our beautiful and pleasant summer weather, there is no reason to believe a professional tour cannot be successful here," says Ken Carter, Executive Director of the Tour.
The vision of the Tour has remained intact, despite low participation over the years and the inability to attract significant sponsorships -- both of which are the result of the recession in Michigan, which began in 2006, and the financial "meltdown" of 2008, which led to the bankruptcy of GM and the near collapse of the entire U.S. automobile industry.
"The Tour is here to stay," noted Carter. "If we can survive through the worst recession since the 1930s, that should give you some indication of our level of committment to follow through on our vision."
The Tour continues to seek sponsorships at all levels (see the Sponsorship page), which will allow the Tour to create both a Women's Division of the professional tour, as well as an Amateur Tour. The Michigan Players Tour already has an association with a junior tour -- the Michigan Players Junior Golf Tour, based in Lansing.
"If the Tour can land a title sponsor, our vision is to create the only golf business in the world with competitive golf tournaments for golfers of both sexes, at every age group, and at every level of play, from junior amateur to touring professional," Carter says. "And what better location to do this than in Pure Michigan?"