Registration is underway for the next Coastal Players Tour event, a developmental professional golf tour headquartered in Myrtle Beach that holds events along the Grand Strand.
And this time, a new division has been created for amateur participants.
The tour’s next event is Saturday, July 18 at The Heritage Club in Pawleys Island. Tee times begin at 12:12 p.m., and the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, according to the tour’s website.
Lunch and drinks are included in the entry fee, though players are encouraged to arrive early for lunch. Practice round rates are $35 per player.
New for the July 18 tournament and subsequent events is the addition of two divisions for amateurs based on USGA handicap.
Amateurs can compete in either the championship flight that has a suggested handicap of 0 to 5, or the players flight, which has a suggested handicap of 6 to 12.
Championship flight players will play from the same tees as the pros, typically the back tees, and compete within their own division for 30 percent of payouts. Prizes are in the form of Visa gift cards not to exceed $750 in order to comply with USGA amateur status rules.
Championship flight winners will still have a chance to break into the pro purse.
Players flight entrants will compete from one set of tees forward from the pro and championship flight tees. They will compete within their own division for 30 percent of payouts.
Professional purses are paid at 90 percent of tour income after course fees to the top 30 percent of the field and ties.
The Coastal Players Tour schedule for 2015 runs from May to October. Each event will list its own entry fees, as fees may vary due to format/number of rounds, and site-specific venues.
The tour started in August 2012. There is no membership fee and all pros and amateurs are eligible to compete.
Grand Strand courses hosting events in 2015 have included Shaftesbury Glen, Tidewater, TPC of Myrtle Beach and Crow Creek.
After the July 18 tournament at The Heritage, the next scheduled event is Aug. 1 with the time and location to be determined.
The last event was the Inland Classic held June 27 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.
Cory Martin won the event after carding a 3-under par 69 and winning in a sudden death playoff that took three holes and two birdies to decide.
Luke Coates and Mark Gaynor were the low amateurs, with Coates finishing on top. Each shot 1-over par 73s and finished tied for eighth overall. There were 44 players in the field.
Entry fees are typically $160 for professionals and $80 for amateurs for single-day tournaments, with higher fees for multi-day events.
There is a $50 no show fee charged to the player’s next event for anyone who registers and fails to show.
There is no membership fee to compete in tour events.
To enter, players are asked to text William at 843-957-1732.