FAQs 2018-02-16T19:38:55+00:00
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.

Do I pay for my practice round(s)? 2018-02-16T19:21:30+00:00
  • Yes, it is the player’s responsibility to reserve their own practice tee times
  • The TOUR negotiates a discounted practice round rate with the hosting venue that will be listed on each event page.
What does ‘Join Field’ mean on Event Pages? 2018-02-16T19:27:47+00:00
  • Join Field 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.

  • Non-Members will need to pay their registration 2 Fridays prior to the start of the event date to receive the discounted entry. Join Field does not reserve the discounted entry.
Why does the SwingThought TOUR not have guaranteed purses? 2018-02-16T19:20:59+00:00
  • We DO provide guaranteed First Place prizes, just not the entire purse.
  • 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
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.

Can Amateurs play in events? 2018-02-16T19:30:23+00:00
  • Yes, at the Member entry fee price.

  • Amateur entry fees will 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.  

Do I need a membership to play? 2018-02-16T19:30:53+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 $200.

What if I want to register after the deadline for an event? 2018-02-16T19:14:10+00:00

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

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.

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!
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.
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.

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 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.

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.

When is the registration deadline for events? 2018-02-16T19:12:39+00:00
  • 5:00PM (EST) the Friday before the first round of competition
  • Limited, if any, registration spots will be available after this date
  • There are no late fees
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.

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.

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.

Are Shorts allowed? 2018-02-16T19:16:38+00:00
  • Yes! New in 2018 we are permitting shorts!

  • Shorts will be allowed during practice rounds, on practice facilities, and during any official round of competition.

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.  

Are range balls included all week of the event, including practice rounds? 2018-02-16T19:18:37+00:00
  • Range balls are included in every ST Tour event

What are ST Points? 2018-02-16T19:24:51+00:00
  • ST Points are earned by any golfer playing in any ST Tour event.

  • 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 $4,400 ST Sponsorship Race.

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.

I’m graduating this Spring. Do you have a special membership price for New Pros? 2018-02-16T19:09:17+00:00
  • Our membership price will remain the same ($1,700) through the end of April, $1,000 May 1st through August 31st, and $750 September 1st through the end of the year.
  • As an added bonus, for every month passed in 2018, each new ST Player (member) earns 450 (Four hundred and fifty) ST Points towards their ST Sponsorship Race Rankings
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

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.

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? 2018-02-16T19:33:47+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 all cash registration costs within 14 business days, by policy, following the week’s event.

When and why do I have to wear pants? 2018-02-16T19:15:19+00:00
  • The ST Tour requires competing professionals not wear shorts or jeans only during:

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

  • 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.