February 17, 2004
Albany- the NGA Hooters Tour has really only held one tournament in Albany but its stop here at the Stonebridge Country Club is already one of the favorites among tour players.
The NGA Hooters Tour returns to Albany for the Michelob Ultra Classic on March 15th- 21st.
The NGA Hooters Tour is where players like John Daly, Lee Janzen and 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis got their game good enough to take to the PGA tour.
In fact, one reason why there are so many former Hooters Tour alumni moving on to the PGA tour is the fact that Hooters tour is only developmental circuit that is structured just like the big tour.
NGA Hooters Tour regional tournament director Todd Barbee said "It is one of very few tours that has a 72 hole event with a 36 hole cut. The players have to walk the entire event which is abnormal for a developmental tour or mini tour." And according to the feedback we get from our players, it is very important that we do that because that way they are prepared to make it to the next level."
The first NGA Hooters tournament in Albany had to be canceled due to rain two years ago.
Last year, Eliot Gealy won the Michelob Ultra Classic by two shots over Chris Patton.
Sylvester's Sonny Skinner, who plays on the PGA's Nationwide Tour, is scheduled to return this year after posting a ninth place finish and Albany's Josh Broadaway is looking to improve on his top 25 finish last year.
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