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NGA/Hooters tour coming to RTJ

The National Golf Association (NGA) Tour, presented by Hooters of America and Naturally Fresh Foods, is coming to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Cambrian Ridge for the &uot;Camellia City Classic&uot; at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail/Cambrian Ridge, Sept. 17-23, 2001.

&uot;We’re really excited to have the NGA/Hooters Tour back at Cambrian Ridge,&uot; said Sean B. Curry, director of golf at RTJ Cambrian Ridge. &uot;The City of Greenville is behind it, the golf course will be in great shape, it’ll be a great test for the players — we’re looking forward to the tour.&uot;

&uot;We had a successful tournament here in Greenville before, and we are certainly glad to be back,&uot; said Richard Hinton, regional tournament director for NGA. &uot;Greenville is a very hospitable city, and we felt really welcomed the last time we were here.&uot;

Hinton said one Buy.com champion scored big here in Greenville three years ago.

&uot;Chad Campbell, ranked number four on the Buy.com Tour, shot 19 under par her three years ago to take a more than $170,000 purse,&uot; Hinton said. &uot;There will be between 40 and 50 or more golfers here trying to qualify, including area competetors.&uot;

&uot;Cambrian Ridge is a great fit for us,&uot; said NGA/Hooters Tour President Robin Waters, PGA. &uot;The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the preeminent name in Alabama golf. Cambrian Ridge is one of the best golf courses we play all year, and it’s always in great shape. We’re looking forward to a long, prosperous relationship with the Greenville area.&uot;

NGA/Hooters Tour is the third largest 72-hole men’s professional golf tour in the country behind the PGA and the Buy.com tours, and boasts alumni like two time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, British Open and PGA Champion John Daly, as well as Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Joe Durant, Franklin Langham and Stewart Cink to name just a few.

The NGA/Hooters Tour has helped more than 100 professionals acquire the PGA, Senior PGA, and Buy.com Tour cards. In fact, 35-percent of the players that earned their 200 PGA Tour card, started their careers on the NGA/Hooters Tour.

For more information about the NGA/Hooters Tour, one may visit their web site, www.NGATOUR.com. For answers to any questions concerning sponsorship opportunities or interview requests before or during the tournament week, interested parties are asked to contact Regional Tournament Director Richard Hinton at (850) 261-6474 or the NGA/Hooters Tour office at (843) 281-TOUR (8687).