FAQs 2017-12-20T19:39:18+00:00
I’m graduating this Spring. Do you have a special membership price for New Pros? 2017-11-27T20:28:58+00:00
  • Our membership price will remain the same ($1,700) throughout the year, howeer this does not mean we do not offer “streamlined” benefits!  For every month passed in 2018, each new ST Player (member) earns 800 (eight hundred) ST Points towards their 44 Series and Race Rankings and their Redeemable ST Point account.
    • 800 ST Points is equivalent to $32
    • If a 2018 St Player membership is purchased June 1st, the player would receive 4,000 ST Points equivalent to $160, together with their membership.
When is the registration deadline for National Series events? 2017-11-27T19:26:24+00:00
  • 5:00PM (EST) Two (2) Fridays before the first round of competition.

    • Example: If the 1st competitive round starts on Wednesday the 13th, the registration deadline is Friday the 1st at 5:00pm EST.

What if I want to register after the deadline for an event? 2017-11-27T19:27:20+00:00
  • The Tour will charge an additional $55 late fee.

    • Save that money for your food budget! Register on time!

  • There will not be guaranteed availability for registration after the deadline.

What is a Course Fee? 2017-11-27T19:25:26+00:00
  • Some events may require an additional Course Fee to the player’s entry fee.

    • In case you didn’t know, the Tour pays for the use of a golf course.  

  • Certain events will be hosted by top rated golf courses that the Tour feels would best accommodate player’s schedules as well as exceed course condition expectations for a developmental tour event, and provide an excellent opportunity to each golfer participating in the event to develop their game on and off the course.

  • Course fees will be shown on the event information pages.  

What if I receive an exemption or Monday Qualify into a Web.com Tour or PGA Tour event that overlaps with an ST Tour event I have already registered? 2017-11-27T19:28:58+00:00
  • The ST Tour focuses on Developing and Advancing all professional golfers and providing as many opportunities to advance as possible.

  • The ST Tour will completely refund (excluding late fees if applicable) all cash registration costs within 14 business days, by policy, following the week’s event.

How do I get involved in Pro-Ams? 2017-11-27T19:24:19+00:00
  • Contact the Tour Director for each event to learn more about Pro-Am and other earning opportunities.

  • ST Players have priority over Guests for all earning opportunities.

How do I get into The 44 Series events for free? 2017-11-27T19:31:32+00:00
  • First you must be a 2018 ST Tour ST Player (member) in 2018

  • Earn ST Status in ST School or,

  • Have the next highest ST Status in the event a player with ST Status must withdraw from a ‘44 Series’ event or,

  • Earn ST Status in The 44 Sponsorship Race rankings during our ST Status Reshuffle (at the conclusion of our 2nd Major) or,

  • Purchase the 144th ST TOUR Player Membership!

Can I use a Motorized Golf Cart? 2017-11-27T19:22:09+00:00
  • The permitted use of motorized carts will be designated on each event’s info page.

  • Practice rounds permit the use of motorized carts at the expense of the player.

What is the difference between State Series, National Series, and The 44 Series? 2017-11-27T19:21:12+00:00
  • All events, no matter the series, provide:

    • First Place Guarantees – No dilution of the purse

    • Minimum 80% purse cash payout

    • ST Points for participation and performance counting towards the 44 Series & Race

    • 44% of field cut (excluding No Cut events)

    • 44% of field paid

  • State Series events – Tier One of the ST Tour Developmental System –

    • Shorts, Carts, Local, and Lower entry fees!

    • 18, 36, or 54 Hole events

  • National Series events – Tier Two of the ST Tour Developmental System

    • Our ‘touring’ events mimicking life on the road as a professional golfer.

    • Walking or riding events

    • Practice rounds and practice facilities included

    • 54 or 72 Hole events

  • The 44 Series – 8 designated National Series events offering free entry to ST Players with ST Status.

    • Free entries do not affect the purse!

    • Extra bonus ST Points earned for performance

  •  Majors – Biggest Purses, Most ST Points, $14,400 FPG!

What if I have ST Status but I have a reason not to play in a qualified ‘44 Series’ event? 2017-11-27T19:34:39+00:00
  • If any player with ST Status can not participate in a ‘44 Series’ event, their entry will go to the next ST Player with the highest ST Status for that event
  • A player unable to play in a 44 Series evet, who has ST Status, unfortunately will forfeit the value of the event entry.
When and why do I have to wear pants? 2017-11-27T19:12:34+00:00
  • The ST Tour requires competing professionals not wear shorts or jeans during:

    • MOST tour sanctioned activities (including but not limited to Pro-Ams, Shootouts, Pairings parties, exhibitions or demos)

    • third or fourth competition days of National Series event, including practice facilities during those days.

  • Help distinguish professionals from amateurs and spectators

  • Represent the integrity of the game of golf

  • Show respect to the hosting venue, its members, event sponsors, and the ST Tour

  • Don’t risk missing the opportunity to distinguish yourself capable to endorse and be an ambassador to a brand, product, or service.

Do you have Women’s events? 2017-11-27T19:36:18+00:00
  • Each of our events are open to women golfers to participate. In 2018, some events may have a designated purse specifically for women golfers. More information to come.  Call Stephan Koblos at 571-239-3674 to voice your support of women’s professional golf events!
Are Shorts allowed? 2017-11-27T19:11:18+00:00
  • Yes! New in 2018 we are permitting shorts, however in a limited fashion.

  • Shorts will be allowed during practice rounds and on practice facilities.

  • Shorts may ALSO be allowed during the first TWO days of competition,

  • Shorts may ALSO be allowed throughout ANY day of competition of a State Series event.

Do you have a Q School, or can I register for most events without going to Q School? 2017-11-27T19:38:23+00:00
  • You can register for any event without qualifying through ST School.

  • We do have the ‘86 rule’, meaning if you happen to turn in a scorecard with an 86 or higher during the first competitive round, you will be disqualified for the remainder of the event without a refund.

Are Rangefinders allowed? 2017-11-27T19:09:48+00:00
  • Yes! Rangefinders are allowed at every ST Tour event

    • Slope and wind features are not allowed to be used during competition.

  • Yardage Books may or may not also be available for purchase.

When is prize money paid? 2017-11-27T19:09:08+00:00

Direct Deposits and Checks are mailed from the TOUR office within seven (7) business days from the completion of the event in which the earnings are made.

If there’s no Qschool, how do I become a member? Is there a way to do it on your site? 2017-11-27T20:21:28+00:00
  • Our membership is available for purchase online and is currently for each calendar year.

  • The earlier you register for membership, the better discounts and increased benefit opportunities are available.

What does 80% Payout mean? 2017-11-27T19:07:06+00:00
  • Our cash purses for each event are built from 80% of ST Player entry fee prices.

  • For each professional participating in the event, 80% of an ST Player entry fee of that event will be added to the purse.

  • Purse examples can be found here.

    • There are tabs for each event type at the bottom of the spreadsheet

Are range balls included all week of the event, including practice rounds? 2017-11-27T20:25:02+00:00
  • Range balls AND practice rounds are included throughout each National Series event.

  • Range Balls are included in every ST Tour event.

    • State Series events include Range balls prior to each round only.

  • A full time ST Tour player would not necessarily require a “home course” membership through the year, as facilities and on course reps are available to players during our National Series events.

Why does the SwingThought TOUR not have guaranteed purses? 2017-11-27T19:05:28+00:00
  • Providing guaranteed purses without a guaranteed player field is volatile to any golf event.

  • As a business, whose mission is to provide more access to golf to more golfers, courses, and communities, we fight for more opportunities for professionals.

  • The larger our fields, the larger the voice all players have to be heard by more and larger opportunities, as well as larger purses.

  • We are fighting to provide frequent, convenient, quality reps, at less to no cost to professional golfers while maintaining their earning opportunities. This goal is far more sustainable and beneficial to all developing golfers than individual events with guaranteed purses.

How many practice rounds are included in the event price? 2017-11-27T20:30:22+00:00
  • For our National Series events practice rounds are typically available openly the few days designated prior to the main event.

  • State Series events do not have practice rounds included.

Will I hurt my ST Point rankings if I redeem them for discounted or free entries? 2017-11-27T19:03:20+00:00

NO! Your ST Point rankings total will not be affected.

Do I need a Caddy to play? 2017-11-27T20:31:55+00:00
  • No. Caddies are welcome, but not required.

  • The majority of players use non-motorized push carts during walking events.

How do I redeem discounts or a free entry using ST Points? 2017-11-27T19:00:14+00:00

Contact us at +1 (800) 992-8748

What are ST Points? 2017-11-27T18:59:52+00:00
  • ST Points are earned by any golfer playing in any ST Tour event.

  • 25 ST Points are equal to $1 in entry fees

  • Points are earned by participation, and bonus points are earned through performance.

  • For ST Players only, these points are used as the Order of Merit rankings for ST Status throughout the 44 Series and Race.

  • ST Players may also redeem discounts and even free entries into events using their ST Points.

Do you have deals with hotels for discounted prices? 2017-11-27T20:33:44+00:00
  • The tour works hard with what we have to find volunteer host housing for each of our National Series events, as well as partner with local hotels/motels for discounted rates.

  • We may partner with travel companies through their published banner ad deals and discounts throughout our website.

  • We are constantly prospecting for better opportunities for our players helping reduce their expenses off the course.

  • We would strongly suggest being very social with other players on tour, and match schedules and team up to share in travel and lodging expenses. It’s something that would save hundreds of dollars each week, especially on food and gas.

What does ‘Show Interest’ mean on Event Pages? 2017-11-27T18:57:13+00:00
  • Show Interest is a feature that allows players to “sign up” for an event without having to pay for the registration until the registration deadline.

  • Cash flow is important in any business, let alone an independent touring golf professional, and we want to do all we can to help players feel comfortable with their event scheduling plans.

  • This not only acts as a “save my seat” but also helps fellow players get an understanding for the potential purse and field size.

Do you have deals with any golf vendors for discounted prices on equipment? 2017-11-27T20:36:03+00:00
  • We may have specific golf vendors that partner with the tour for discounted prices on equipment, however it is a common misconception that developmental or mini tour’s have “deals” with equipment companies.

  • The ST Tour will notify all players of vendor related opportunities.

  • With most equipment companies, any professional that has “proof of competition” (typically a proof of membership plus results from events, good or bad) will receive discounts, typically wholesale.

  • Even though other tours promote they are “sponsored” by equipment companies, they are often not in fact contracted or paid by the equipment company.

  • Most equipment companies simply ask for proof you’re not an “amateur looking for discounts” and will provide some assistance.

How can I help the Tour? 2017-11-27T18:55:19+00:00
  • Publicly endorse the SwingThought TOUR on your social media accounts, websites, and among your network of friends, family, and fellow players.

  • Follow our social media accounts and share our content.

  • Get involved with off course activities involving the Tour, including content generation, videos, photos, and interviews.

  • Help the ST TOUR with information about your journey, your story, and your goals on and off the course.

  • Let us help you build your brand and increase your value as you develop your game and advance to the next level of professional golf

  • Contact Stephan Koblos (stephan@swingthought.com) for any questions, your own ideas, and importantly feedback about the  ST TOUR.
Can Amateurs play in events? 2017-11-27T18:52:58+00:00
  • Yes, at the ST Player entry fee price.

  • Amateur entry fees will not be included in the prize pool and amateurs can earn ST TOUR credit to future events or ST TOUR Merchandise, up to the USGA amateur limit allowed of $750.  

I noticed from the results page there hasn’t been a lot of players this year. Do you expect more players next year, maybe some full fields? 2017-11-27T20:37:00+00:00
  • We have developed an UNBELIEVABLE system for 2018.

  • The hardest thing our industry faces is player participation. Our mission is to provide more access to golf to more golfers, courses, and communities.

  • Golfers are in control of generating more access to the game of golf.

  • We acquired the NGA Hooters Tour and the eGolf Tour in 2015 because we recognize the biggest restriction to better opportunities for developing professional golfers is their lack of voice.

  • When compared to three mini-tours with 70 members and fields of 55, one developmental tour with 200 Members and fields of 144 has:

    • A louder voice to be heard by supporting sponsors and communities

    • Larger purses

    • SIGNIFICANT benefits opportunities

Do you expect to have any tournaments out west next year? 2017-11-27T20:38:48+00:00
  • We intend to continue to spread across the country as well as internationally – we will make announcements when new territories or events are launched  

  • Our schedule will be very linear and “sectioned” to accommodate most Web.com Tour and PGA Monday Qualifiers.

  • We want to give opportunities for players to have a legitimate ‘Tour’ without having too much distance between events, making it easiest to be on the road and not have to “fly”, which is unavoidable on the MacKenzie Tour and Latin America Tour.

What do I do with my scorecard? 2017-11-27T20:40:35+00:00
  • As players make the turn after 9 holes, they may be asked to provide their scorecards to be recorded for scoring use.

  • Immediately after completion of a competitive round, all players are to bring their scorecards directly to the designated scoring area, verify their scores, sign scorecards, and return them to the scoring volunteers.

  • Once a player has turned in their scorecard and left any boundary of the designated scoring area, the scorecard is considered official.

  • Please respect playing partners, scoring volunteers, and the ST Tour by remaining in the scoring area until all players within the group have signed and confirmed their scores.

  • The scoring area is limited to players and their caddies making the turn or completing a round. Other players are not allowed to gather in the scoring area while play is in progress.

How do I gain entry into a SwingThought TOUR event? 2017-11-27T18:43:48+00:00
  • ST Tour events are available to any golfer, amateur or professional, male or female.

  • You can register for events on our website or call +1 (800) 992-8748.

Do I need a membership to play? 2017-11-27T18:50:02+00:00
  • It is strongly recommended to be a member when choosing to play on the ST Tour to have access to all of our membership benefits, however each event has an ST Player (Member) entry fee and a Guest (Non-Member) entry fee, which is typically a difference of $216.