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, founded in 1997, enters into its 22th year in 2018. Over the course of 21 tournaments in sixcountries, taking place between January and September, €650,000 in prize money will be shared out between the participating professionals. As well as the PGA of Germany, and respectively its umbrella association, shareholders in the Pro Golf Tour include Professional Golf AG with its headquarters in Munich and Langer Sport Marketing GmbH from Augsburg.

The Pro Golf Tour, founded in 1997, enters into its 22th year in 2018. Over the course of 22 tournaments in sixcountries, taking place between January and September, €650,000 in prize money will be shared out between the participating professionals. As well as the PGA of Germany, and respectively its umbrella association, shareholders in the Pro Golf Tour include Professional Golf AG with its headquarters in Munich and Langer Sport Marketing GmbH from Augsburg.

Munich – The Pro Golf Tour is recognised by the European Tour as the gateway to the Challenge Tour and is, consequently, one of four official Satellite Tours. This means: whoever finishes among the top players on the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season will receive their tour card to participate on the Challenge Tour the following year. In addition, the top rankings are exempt from Level 1 of the qualifying school, meaning that they have already jumped the first hurdle on their way to the golf's premiere competition, the European Tour.

The ever increasing popularity among the outstanding field of international golfers very much confirms that the Pro Golf Tour is becoming increasingly popular with each and every year of its existence. The Tour enjoys an outstanding reputation for its professionalism and as an ideal gateway onto the Challenge Tour. Accordingly, the quality and size of the participant field is also continuing to increase. Altogether, up to 156 golfers can go to the tee at Pro Golf Tour tournaments. The participating golfers come from over 30 different nations.

The most prominent former member of the Pro Golf Tour is Martin Kaymer from Mettmann. Kaymer, who topped the rankings list in 2006 with five tournament victories, set a new German record round at the Habsberg Classic, needing only 59 shots to get around and qualified for the European Tour that same year through the Pro Golf Tour and the Challenge Tour (two victories). On 28th February 2011, Martin Kaymer climbed to number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking list.

Reports and images from the individual open tournaments which make up the tour are provided in English and German on the websites www.progolftour.de and www.pro-golf-tour.com, also on the social media accounts of the Pro Golf Tour on Facebook and Twitter. The headquarters of Pro Golf Tour and the tour office are located in Landsberger Straße in Munich. The managing director of the Pro Golf Tour is Rainer Goldrian; the contact person for all operative tour matters is Mark Rothballer.

Office hours are Monday to Thursday 9:30 am till 4 pm, Friday 9:30 am till 3 pm. On tournament days we are available till 2 pm.

8 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 22th time in 2018. Prize money of EUR 620,000 will be distributed to participating professionals between January and October at probably more than 21 tournaments in up to six countries. Besides PGA of Germany, or its parent company Professional Golf AG based in Munich, the Pro Golf Tour's other shareholder is Langer Sport Marketing GmbH.

The Pro Golf Tour is recognised by the European 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.

Der Weg auf die Tour

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 -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. .

Categories 2018:

  • CAT 1 Winners of Pro Golf Tour Tournaments 2017
  • CAT 2 TOP 30 of the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2017
  • CAT 3 TOP 5 of the Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2018 & Winners of Pro Golf Tour Tournaments 2018
  • CAT 4 TOP 5 of the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2012 - 2016
  • CAT 5 TOP 20 of the Qualifying School 2017
  • CAT 6 10 invitations to be decided by the Pro Golf Tour
  • CAT 7 Players finishing in positions 31 -65 in the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2017
  • CAT 8 Players finishing in positions 21 - 60 of the Qualifying School 2017
  • CAT 9 Players finishing in positions 66 – 90 in the final Pro Golf Tour Ranking 2017
  • CAT 10 Players finishing in positions 61 – 90 of the Qualifying School 2017

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

Any golfer can play up to three tournaments without being a member. Membership is required when you register for the fourth tournament.

Can amateurs play on the Pro Golf Tour?

Yes, amateurs are always welcome on the Pro Golf Tour. Any amateur with a handicap 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?

  • Pro Golf Tour members: EUR 250 per tournament
  • Non-members: EUR 300 per tournament (max. 3 tournaments)
  • PGA of Germany members: EUR 250 per tournament (max. 3 tournaments)
  • Late entry fee: EUR 50 (in addition to starting fee)
  • Amateurs; EUR 200 per tournament

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 are then automatically sent to the player.

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 and Morocco.

Tour office & management

Tour office & management

Kontakt zur Pro Golf Tour

Contact person: EPDT Golf Tours GmbH
Address: Landsbergerstr. 290
Phone number: 089-179588 48
Email: info@progolftour.de

Geschäftsführer EPDT Golftours GmbH

Contact person: Rainer Goldrian
Phone number: +49 (0) 89 - 17 95 88 0
Email: info@progolftour.de

Tour Manager

Contact person: Mark Rothballer
Phone number: +49 (0) 89-179588 48
Email: info@progolftour.de

Tournament staff