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Swing Thought Tour making changes to attract players

The Grand Strand-based developmental Swing Thought Tour is set to embark on the 2016 season with some new ideas and policies in the hopes of attracting more members, but without tournaments in the Myrtle Beach area.

The tour, which was formerly known as the National Golf Association Tour and NGA Hooters Tour with headquarters in Little River, is set to stage more than 100 tournaments through its National Pro Series and four to six state/regional circuits.

None are scheduled to be played on the Strand, as the tour’s leaders have struggled to find enough players and sponsors to support events in the area, even on its Carolina Series, which has been played predominantly on the Strand for the past few years.

“If you look at the history of our numbers, we’re drawing away from Myrtle Beach,” said Swing Thought Tour president Robin Waters of Loris. “I wouldn’t say we’re leaving Myrtle Beach, but the golf market is driving us into the larger, more commercial markets. You go where the sponsorships and players are.”

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