PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour stars like Kenny Perry, Mark O’Meara, Paula Azinger and Mark Calcavecchia began their professional careers as members of the Space Coast Golf Tour.
Now, after many years of dormancy, the SCPT is back to offer a terrific starting ground for many promising young professional players – and some aged ones as well.
The Space Coast Pro Tour (SCPT) has been resurrected in a big way, thanks to the efforts of Brian Schindler and J.I. Bernstein. The tour begins in October and will run for eight months throughout Central Florida. Five or six tournaments per month are schedule.
“We firmly believe the many aspiring players need and want a developmental tour which not only gives them the opportunity to compete in a highly professional manner and atmosphere but also to achieve financial success while they pursue their dream of playing on the Web.com, PGA and Champions Tour,” said Schindler. “Moreover, our basic philosophy rests on the premise that the Tour be viewed not just as a training ground, but as an organization which also incorporates the best of high community ideals.”
Each tournament will be played over two days and will carry a $420 entry fee. There is no membership fee into SCGT.
Unprecedented in mini-tour payouts, every SCPT winner of the Open Division will receive a guaranteed $5,000 check at each tournament, and the top 30 percent of the field will receive a pay out as well.
In addition to the Open Division, a portion of each tournament field will have a Senior Division consisting of golfers 47+ and a Legends Division consisting of golfers 60+. Players that are 47+ have the option to play in either the 47+ or Open Division, but there will be no double dipping. Players that are 60+ must play in the 60+ Division. Amateurs with a men's USGA index of 3.0 or lower are also invited to play. Professionals who have full exempt playing status on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour or Champions Senior Tour may not play in SCPT regular tournaments.
The SCPT will also offer a Women’s Division. Any woman professional, regardless of age, who does not have full exempt playing status on the Symetra or LPGA tours may participate in the regular SCPT tournaments. All Women Professionals must play in the Women's Division.
The Mike Bender Academy of Golf will be the home base for SCPT players' practice and instructional needs. Bender, ranked among the top instructors in the world, once played on the SCGT before rising to the PGA Tour. His academy is located at Magnolia Plantation in Lake Mary. Among his long list of students are PGA Tour winners Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd and Lee Janzen.
SCPT also announced that the proceeds from its various Pro-Am events will be distributed to the Folds of Honor Foundation. That organization is rallying the nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, the Folds of Honor gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service of our country.
The SCGT season kicks off at Reunion Resort in Orlando Oct. 21-22. Other course on the schedule include Shingle Creek, Timacuan Golf Club, Disney, Orange Lake, Orange County National and many others.