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Tour History

The National Golf Association's NGA  Professional Golf Tour, formerly known as the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour and the Rick "TC" Jordan Tour, dates back to 1988 with Rick "TC" Jordan as its owner and founder. Jordan envisioned a golf tour that would provide professional golfers an opportunity to compete in a professional atmosphere as well as achieve financial success. With alumni such as 2011 PGA Championship Winner Keegan Bradley, 2010 FedEx Cup Winner and PGA Tour Player of the Year Jim Furyk, 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink, 2007 Masters  champion Zach Johnson, 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis, two-time US Open Champion Lee Janzen, PGA Championship Winner Shaun Micheel, British Open and PGA Championship Winner John Daly, British Open Champion Tom Lehman, US Open Champion Lucas Glover, TPC Winner Craig Perks, and PGA Championship Winner David Toms, and PGA Tour Winners like Gary Woodland, Scott Stallings, Vaughn Taylor, Mark Wilson, Bubba Watson, Camilo Villegas, Will MacKenzie, Chad Campbell and Champion's Tour players Tom McKnight and Walter Hall, it has become clear that Rick Jordan's dream has become a reality. ALL told, NGA Alumni have an incredible 14 "Majors" to their credit.

In 1994, Hooters of America Inc. CEO, R.H."Bob" Brooks joined forces with the Jordan Tour by becoming the national title sponsor. The affiliation between the highly successful national restaurant chain and the fastest growing professional golf tour turned out to be a perfect match. At the end of the 1995 season, seeing the benefits and potential of the relationship, Hooters of America extended their National Title Sponsorship. This solidified the NGA Tour's place in professional golf for many years to come.

Starting in 1995 and continuing through today, the Tour has been taken to a plateau where it is no longer viewed as simply a training ground for the PGA Tour. With an anticipated total payout in 2012 of over 5 million dollars, the NGA Pro Golf Tour under its sanctioning body, the National Golf Association, continues to grow and be recognized as one of the top professional tours in the world, third only in the United States to the PGA and Nationwide Tours. Along with local television coverage, tournament scores appear regularly in major newspapers and major golf media outlets across the country. Many of golf's prominent media outlets, such as GolfWeek and the Golf Channel continue to increase their coverage of the tour.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, which puts a greater emphasis on strong community support, well-organized events and benefiting a local charity, has helped more professionals acquire their PGA, Euro, Senior PGA, and Nationwide Tour cards than any other developmental tour in the United States. With professionalism a focal point of this Tour, the golf community and corporate America continues to be attracted to the high visibility and unique exposure opportunities presented by the National Golf Association and it's NGA Professional Golf Tour.

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