NGA, All-American Gateway tours merge

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –– Two established mini tours have merged, creating a developmental circuit that will span the East and West coasts.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour and the All-American Gateway Tour announced that they will unite, creating the nation's largest third-tier developmental tour.

The NGA, formerly known as the Hooters Tour, was founded in 1988 and is based in Myrtle Beach. The tour plays primarily in the Carolinas and nearby states, with winter series in Florida and the Carolinas. The All-American Gateway, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Phoenix, stages events in Arizona, California and Florida.

Robin Waters, the NGA's president, cited smaller purses on the developmental tours as the impetus for the merger.

"We believe consolidation with other tours across the country is the future at our level, along with the added player benefit of being able to conduct events closer to the PGA and Web.com tour events and qualifiers," he said in a statement. "We feel fortunate to have found a partner and a potential sponsor who share our same goals."

Dusty Dean, the AAGT's president, hailed the NGA's "shared vision" and for being "willing to help us deliver the standards our members deserve."

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