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Pro Golf Tour: Tournament series in europe

Things to know.

Information about the tour, the way to the tour, the most important questions, history & the team

What's the Pro Golf Tour?

The Pro Golf Tour was founded in 1997 and is a tournament series for young golf professionals and top amateurs who have set themselves the goal of becoming playing professionals. In addition to Langer Sport Marketing GmbH, the shareholder of the Pro Golf Tour is the PGA of Germany and its umbrella company Professional Golf AG.

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The Pro Golf Tour is recognized by the European Tour as the gateway to the Challenge Tour and is therefore one of four official satellite tours. This means: Whoever occupies one of the top places in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season receives the right to play on the Challenge Tour for the following year. In addition, the best players are exempt from stage 1 of the Qualifying School and have thus already cleared the first hurdle on the way to the premier league of golf, the European Tour.

Last but not least, the steadily growing popularity of outstanding international players confirms that the Pro Golf Tour is becoming more and more popular every year and enjoys an excellent reputation as a professional tour and as a suitable gateway to the Challenge Tour. Accordingly, the quality and size of the participant fields are also continuously increasing. In total, up to 156 players compete in the Pro Golf Tour tournaments. The participants come from over 30 different nations.

The most prominent former member of the tour is Martin Kaymer from Mettmann, who won the ranking with five tournament victories in 2006, played a new German record round of 59 strokes at the Habsberg Classic and qualified for the European Tour via the Pro Golf Tour and the Challenge Tour (two victories) in the same year. On February 28, 2011, Martin Kaymer climbed to No. 1 in the world golf rankings.

Up-to-the-minute coverage of the Tour's tournaments is available on the website with live scoring and bilingual text and images, as well as on the Pro Golf Tour's social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The Pro Golf Tour's headquarters and tour office are located in Diedorf near Augsburg. The managing directors of the Pro Golf Tour are Rainer Goldrian and Peter Zäh.

Pro Golf Tour questions

What is the pro golf tour.

The Pro Golf Tour founded in 1997 and run under the name EPD Tour until 2012 is taking place for the 25th time in 2021. Prize money of ca. EUR 500,000 will be distributed to participating professionals between April 2021 and October 2021 at about 16 tournaments in up to six countries. Besides Langer Sport Marketing GmbH from Diedorf in Germany the PGA of Germany respectively the Professional Golf AG based in Munich is the Pro Golf Tour's other shareholder.

The Pro Golf Tour is recognised by the DP World Tour as a gateway to the Challenge Tour and is therefore one of four official satellite tours. That means: anyone who occupies one of the top rankings in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season is authorised to play on the Challenge Tour the following year. The ranking list leaders are also exempt from level 1 of the Qualifying School and have therefore already overcome the first hurdle on their way to the premier league of golf, the European Tour.

Last but not least, the steadily growing popularity of outstanding international players confirms that the Pro Golf Tour is becoming more attractive from year to year and is enjoying a superb reputation as a professional tour and suitable gateway to the Challenge Tour. The quality and size of the field of participants is continuously rising accordingly. There are up to 156 players in total who tee off at the Pro Golf Tour tournaments. Participants come from over 25 different nations.

The most famous former member of the tour is Martin Kaymer from Mettmann, who won the ranking list in 2006 with five tournament wins, played a new record round of 59 at the Habsberg Classic and qualified in the same year for the European Tour via the EPD Tour and Challenge Tour (two wins). Martin Kaymer climbed to first place in the golf world rankings on 28th February 2011.

What conditions does a professional need to fulfil to play on the Pro Golf Tour?

Any professional can take part in the Pro Golf Tour tournaments. As a result there are no barriers to entry that players have to overcome. It is also possible to join the Pro Golf Tour at any time during the season.

Is a Q-School played on the Pro Golf Tour?

A Qualifying School takes place every year in October. The reason for the Qualifying School was to give new, and existing players the opportunity to gain or improve their category for the following season.

The Pro Golf Tour still remains a freely accessible tour, thus enabling all professionals and good amateurs (minimum Handicap-Index 3,4), to play in tournaments run by the Pro Golf Tour and gain experience as a tour golfer.

Please be aware that it is NOT a requirement to obtain a category to be able to participate in Pro Golf Tour tournaments, but it is advantageous. To take advantage of your category you have to be a member of the Pro Golf Tour.

Categories 2023

  • Cat 1 - Winners of Pro Golf Tour Tournaments 2023
  • Cat 2 - TOP 30 of the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2023
  • Cat 3 - TOP 5 of the Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2024 & Winners of Pro Golf Tour Tournaments 2024
  • Cat 4 - TOP 5 of the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2020-2022 & Players within 2023 Challenge Tour Category 1-20 (Members of the Pro Golf Tour season 2022)
  • Cat 5 - TOP 10 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS I & TOP 10 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS II
  • Cat 6 - 12 invitations to be decided by the Pro Golf Tour
  • Cat 7 - Players finishing in positions 31-65 in the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2023
  • Cat 8 - Players finishing in positions 11-30 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS I & Players finishing in positions 11-30 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS II
  • Cat 9 - Players finishing in positions 66-90 in the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2023
  • Cat 10 - Players finishing in positions 31-45 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS I & Players finishing in positions 31-45 of the Qualifying School 2023, QS II

Do I need to be a member of the Pro Golf Tour?

Any professional golfer can play up to three tournaments without being a member. Membership is required when you register for the fourth tournament. For amateurs, membership is not required, but without membership amateurs will not be listed in the final ranking (Order of Merit).

Can amateurs play on the Pro Golf Tour?

Yes, amateurs are always welcome on the Pro Golf Tour. Any amateur with a Handicap-Index of 3.4 or better can take part in a Pro Golf Tour event. Professionals are given preference with the awarding of starting places. In the summer months with fields of participants of up to 156 players it is generally not a problem for amateurs to take part in a Pro Golf Tour tournament.

How high are the starting fees and membership fees?

Starting fee per tournament:

  • Pro Golf Tour members: EUR 300
  • Non-members: EUR 350 (max. 3 tournaments)
  • Amateurs: EUR 300
  • Late entry fee: EUR 50 (in addition to starting fee)

Membership fee:

  • 250 Euro per season

How can I register for the Pro Golf Tour?

Professionals and amateurs can create their own account on the Pro Golf Tour website under Player Login ( https://www.progolftour.de/login.html ) and register for all tournaments and membership here. All information about the Pro Golf Tour as well as the tour rules can be looked at in this area.

When is the registration deadline for each tournament?

The registration deadline is between 7 -21 days (midday) before the tournament. Late entry is always possible if there are any starting places left.

Please note the different entry closing date for tournaments in Egypt.

What are the requirements to be listed in the Order of Merit at the end of the season?

Tour office & management.

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Pro Golf Tour Office

Contact person: EPDT Golf Tours GmbH Address: Hausener Str. 29, D-86420 Diedorf Phone number: +49 (0) 8238-902748 Email: [email protected]

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Geschäftsführer / CEO EPDT Golf Tours GmbH

Contact person: Peter Zäh Phone number: +49 (0) 8238-902748 Email: [email protected]

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Finance and Accounting

Contact person: Sabine Baur Phone number: +49 (0)8238-902748 Email: [email protected]

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25 years of a dream: the 1997 Ryder Cup

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There are not many competitions capable of influencing the evolution of a sport or even an entire country. Spain has been fortunate enough to host some of these events, such as the 1982 World Cup, the 1992 Olympic Games and the Ryder Cup held in 1997 at Real Club Valderrama, home of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters. From October 13-16, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy this event of the DP World Tour, the Spanish event with a higher money purse, and walk the same holes played by golfers such as Tiger Woods, José María Olazábal, Fred Couples and Nick Faldo in that historic duel won by the European team captained by Seve Ballesteros.

That Ryder Cup, the first held in continental Europe, marked a turning point in the popularisation of golf in our country and served as a spectacular boost for the promotion of Spain, Andalusia and the Costa del Sol as tourist and sport destination, benefits that are still being reaped 25 years later. Furthermore, that Ryder Cup, which came to Real Club Valderrama thanks to the efforts of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño and the support of a good number of institutional and private sponsors, is inextricably linked to the figure of the two number one players that Spanish golf has had throughout its history: Seve Ballesteros and Jon Rahm.

Seve Ballesteros, transformer of today's DP World Tour, was at the helm of the European team (which included José María Olazábal and Nacho Garrido as players and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as vice-captain) and his meticulous approach was indispensable in leading the European team to the final victory over the United States. The 14 ½ -13 ½ win was clinched on the last hole of the final match of the final day when Colin Montgomerie conceded the final putt to Scott Hoch to earn a vital half point.

"For me it was a very special Ryder Cup: after all the Ryder Cups Seve and I had played together, it was the first time I played for him as captain. Seve was attentive to everything. He demanded a lot from us, the same as he had always demanded from himself and he was on top of all the players. Seve studied the American team's game in depth and prepared the course so that we all played from the same areas to have the same opportunities, and with the help of "Pisha", his right-hand man, he was absolutely right when choosing pairings. He conveyed to us the passion he put into everything he did and he was a great captain", recalled José María Olazábal on the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Although Jon Rahm was just a two years old kid when the Ryder Cup was played at Valderrama, his sporting future was also marked by that competition.

"Some friends of my father's were at the 1997 Ryder Cup. When they came back, they encouraged him to play golf and we signed up for Eduardo Celles' school. That's how it all started, if it wasn't for that Ryder Cup, I probably wouldn't be here", explained Rahm on his first appearance at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters. That trip by Jon Rahm’s parents friends, was decisive in directing their children steps towards golf, something that also changed the history of this sport in our country.

For his part, Rahm has always pointed to Seve Ballesteros as a beacon and reference.

"I don't take it as a pressure being seen as a revulsive for golf, for me it's a motivation. I would love to be able to help golf, even if it's a small part of what Seve did in his time. I play thanks to him and the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama," he explained at the 2018 Open de España.

The course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the best in Spain according to the most prestigious specialised publications, has been hosting top level tournaments such as the Volvo Masters since 1988, but was established in that glorious and unforgettable Ryder Cup. 25 years later, spectators will be able to experience again a good deal of unique moments at the eighth edition of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, which has a comprehensive ticketing offer with individual day tickets, and four-day and weekend passes, with preferential rates for federated golfers and free entry for children under 13. Tickets can be purchased at edamgolf.es , from the Tickets menu on the tournament website or at the DP World Tour website .

The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters , an event in the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai made possible by the essential contribution of the Real Club Valderrama, is sponsored by Estrella Damm and Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, jointly funded by the EU and was declared Event of Exceptional Public Interest by the Government of Spain.

Contact information

Real club de golf sotogrande.

Paseo del Parque 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz España

Phone: +34 956 78 50 14

Email: [email protected]

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Wayne Hachey and his experienced team have been providing aspiring tournament professionals optimal training environments since 1997, when he began the EPD Tour. The EPD Tour was the leader in development tours in Europe and helped pave the way for many of todays top European Professionals including World No. 1 Martin Kaymer and several Ryder Cup players. Wayne then helped develop the Hi5 Pro Tour, Evolve Pro Tour and now solely heads the European Pro Golf Tour which will feature its opening events in February 2023 in the warm climate of Spain.

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