SBD/30/Leagues Governing Bodies

PGA TOUR EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON-MEMBERS

     The PGA Tour Tournament Policy Board voted yesterday to
expand the number of tournaments available to "nonmembers" from
five to seven,  Because the Players Championship, the NEC World
Series of Golf and the three U.S. majors do not count against the
limit, the change will allow international players who are
members of another circuit access to a total of 12 Tour events.
The Board also has made it "easier" for graduates of the
Qualifying School to get into tournaments, by reducing the number
of spots reserved for PGA of America members, amending the
medical exemption category and reserving the top 125 exempt list
to Tour members only.  These changes "should allow" all Q School
grads the chance to compete in 26 or 27 events (N.Y. TIMES,
8/30).
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