RELEASE FROM THE eGOLF TOUR:
Palmetto Hall Plantation on Hilton Head Island Named as Host of Season-Ending $300,000 eGolf Tour Championship
Charlotte, NC – eGolf announced today the selection of Palmetto Hall Plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC as host of the tour’s $300,000 season-ending Tour Championship, set for December 3-6, 2014. The tournament will be the fourth and final event in eGolf’s inaugural Million Dollar Championship Series, which will consist of four tournaments this fall with guaranteed purses totaling $1 million dollars. The purse will be the largest in developmental golf since the 2009 eGolf Tour Championship, and the third-largest in the state of South Carolina, trailing only the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage and the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-AM.
Originally launched in August of 2013 as an end-of-season reward to the top players in developmental tour golf, eGolf’s inaugural Million Dollar Championship Series will feature guaranteed purses of $225,000, $225,000, $250,000 and $300,000, with the winner of the Tour Championship receiving a $50,000 first-place prize.
The unprecedented four-event series will kick off with the $225,000 River Hills Championship in Lake Wylie, SC on August 27-30, 2014, and will continue two weeks later with the inaugural $225,000 Island View Casino Championship in Gulfport, MS on September 10-13, 2014. The third of the four events, slated for a venue on the west coast, will be announced shortly.
The 156-player fields for each Million Dollar Championship Series event will be comprised of the top 60 members from the Charlotte, NC-based eGolf Tour, the top 30 members from eGolf Tour West, and the top 30 members from eGolf Tour Florida. The remaining spots in each event will be filled by top players from tours around the world, as well as a Monday qualifier, in an effort to create a truly worldwide series.
The eGolf Tour Championship will mark the eGolf Tour’s sixth trip to Palmetto Hall Plantation since the 2010 season, as the exclusive club has hosted the season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship presented by Westin Hilton Head Island each of the past five years. The tournament, annually one of the most popular on tour, has produced champions such as current PGA TOUR member Russell Knox (2010), former PGA TOUR member Brent Delahoussaye (2012), current Web.com Tour members Matt Hendrix (2013) and Corey Nagy (2011), as well as 2011 Western Amateur champion Ethan Tracy (2014).
“We are thrilled to be returning to Palmetto Hall for our Tour Championship this December,” said eGolf president David Siegel. “The club members and the Heritage Golf staff have helped us deliver a first-class tournament each of the last five years, and this lucrative season-ending event will continue that tradition. It is nothing short of a win-win for all parties involved, especially our players.”
The Palmetto Hall Championship has produced some of the highest winning scores in recent years on the eGolf Tour, with just three players over the past three seasons reaching double-digits under par.
“When you look at an event of this stature, with the largest purse in the entire industry, you hope to have a venue that will isolate without doubt the top player in a given week,” said Siegel. “In Palmetto Hall, that’s exactly what we get. The Cupp and Hills courses are arduous tests of golf that demand absolutely everything out of your game.”
Tournament week will open with practice rounds on Monday (12/1) and Tuesday (12/2) over both the Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Hall, with the Hills course hosting a Pro-Am on Tuesday.
First-round play will begin on Wednesday (12/3) morning, with players split over both courses, as the field will log one round each on both Cupp and Hills prior to the 36-hole cut, which will fall after the conclusion of Thursday’s second round. The final two rounds of play will be contested solely on the Cupp course – annually one of the most demanding venues on the eGolf Tour.
“Our members look forward to the eGolf Tour event each year, as PGA TOUR-caliber golf unfolds at Palmetto Hall Plantation,” said Lisa Dahlstrom, Director of Revenue, Sales & Marketing at The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island – the group which owns and manages Palmetto Hall. “The Tour Championship will raise that level even further this December, as the $300,000 purse and field of top players from around the world will put a spotlight on the club and Hilton Head Island itself.”