The Emerald Coast Golf Tour heads to Kiva Dunes

Pro-Am set for Gulf Shores March 6-8

Phillip Ellis, Golf Today
Posted 2/24/19

The Emerald Coast Golf Tour kicks off its 2019 season at beautiful Kiva Dunes GC in Gulf Shores March 6-8. The Emerald Coast Tour is a developmental program for players trying to earn their PGA tour …

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The Emerald Coast Golf Tour heads to Kiva Dunes

Pro-Am set for Gulf Shores March 6-8

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The Emerald Coast Golf Tour kicks off its 2019 season at beautiful Kiva Dunes GC in Gulf Shores March 6-8. The Emerald Coast Tour is a developmental program for players trying to earn their PGA tour card.

The initial event features a 54-hole tournament which starts on Wednesday for the professionals, followed by a kickoff party that night at Kiva’s Clubhouse for all tournament players. A one day Pro-Am gets underway at 12:30 p.m.on Thursday, teaming three amateurs with one PGA star of the future. A postgame party takes place after the Pro-Am at the Hideaway Sports Bar.

The tour hosts a free junior clinic on the Kiva Dunes driving range on Tuesday, March 5, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. for all kids interested in learning more about the game. The clinic features instruction conducted by PGA Professional Rea Schuessler and the Emerald Coast Tour professionals.

Over 25 PGA tour winners play on the ECT tour. Notable alumni players include Boo Weekley; Joe Durant; Heath Slocum; Craig Perks; Patton Kizzire; Jerry Kelly; George McNeil; and two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson. Last year’s winner Hunter Stewart is expected to defend his title.

If you’re interested in playing in the Pro-Am or learning more about their organization, contact the Kiva Dunes pro shop at 251-540-7000 or Geno Celano with the Emerald Coast Golf Tour at 850-217-3412. Sponsors and volunteers are needed for the event.

Attention golfers, If you are putting together a large charity golf tournament, have some interesting golf stories to share, are a PGA professional that’s new to the area, or was recently promoted, I want to hear from you. Drop me a line at golftodaynews@yahoo.com.

2019 Season will be the biggest with the highest payback tour guaranteed

Over $100,000 of added sponsor money this year

Players return Course City Estimated First Winner

Mar 6-8 Kiva Dunes Gulf Shores AL $6000

* Mar 14-16 Dancing Rabbit Choctaw MS $7000

April 3-5 Perdido Bay Pensacola FL $5000

April 9-11 TBA

*May 2-4 Diamondhead Diamondhead MS $ 7500

May 10-11 Peninsula G C Gulf Shores AL $4000

May 22-24 Dothan C C Dothan AL $6000

June 19-21 Andalusia CC Andalusia AL $6000

June 28-30 Hattiesburg CC Hattiesburg MS $6000

July 17-19 Rocky Bayou C C Niceville AL

*July 31- 2 Arrowhead CC Montgomery AL $7000

August 7-9 Timberline C C Calera AL $6000

Sept 5-6 Saugahatchee C C Auburn AL

* Sept 14-16 Tour Championship Biloxi MS

Grand Bear Golf Club

Sept TBA Magnolia Grove Mobile AL

Oct TBA Highland Oaks Dothan AL

Nov 20 Santa Rosa Beach Club

Nov 22-24 Destin FL $8,000

Pays 36-40% of the field

To enter call 850-650-4319 Tour office or 850-217-3412 tour cell

www.emeraldcoasttour.com

•Best payback %138% last year !!

•Food for players at all events

$38- $42,000 purse with 60 players $39-$44,000 purse on major events!!

Entry Fees $675members $825 nonmembers (three-day events)

Spring Membership $775 * Major Events $725 Member $875 nonmember