International Players Tour Picks PGA Village for '09 Major Event

International Players Tour officials announced that the renowned PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, FL will host the opening Major event on tour's 2009 schedule. Tour members and guests will not only enjoy the hospitality of this superb resort, but will also have access privileges to the famed PGA Learning Center. On January 24-25, 2009, IPT golfers will compete for significant cash prizes on the Pete Dye course, one of three highly recognized courses within the PGA complex.

In making the announcement, Ron Beaman, Founder and CEO of IPT, explained, "Selection of the PGA Village is a further commitment to our membership to provide outstanding venues for our tournaments. The staff at the PGA complex has been extremely responsive and accommodating to our needs, and we're anticipating a memorable experience for our players, families, and friends." 

Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village will serve as host for IPT's event, providing lodging and all the amenities for the tour during their stay. Michelle Valvano, Director of Sales and Marketing for Perfect Drive, added, "We're very excited to be working with the IPT on the launch of their 2009 Season, and look forward to working with the tour for years to come." 

About International Players Tour:

International Players Tour was launched in January 2008 for the purpose of bringing PGA style competition to avid golfers everywhere. Operations began in April 2002 under the banner of the Champions Golf Tour, which was founded by Ron Beaman in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Ron developed a business model that would provide avid recreational golfers a chance to play in an environment similar to major tour events – "inside the ropes" for significant prize money – utilizing a proprietary handicap system.

After conducting its first event in June, 2002, CGT followed with 17 tournaments in 2002 and awarded nearly $60,000 in prize money. Significant and sustained growth has occurred in subsequent years in player participation, number of events, and prize money. With over 1200 players in their system, IPT management conducted over 150 events in 2007 within ten state and twelve metropolitan city areas with payouts exceeding $570,000. In 2008, the IPT will conduct 200+ events in fifteen different metro areas, culminating in the Tour Championship at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, Texas, with the winner taking home $20,000 in guaranteed first place prize money!


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