Tour Records Best Season In Its History
Participation Exceeds Record Set In 2009
During the 2018 season, the Tour conducted 11 events, which drew 151 participants. This exceeds the previous record set in 2009, when the Tour drew 146 players in 16 events.
The Tour also surpassed its record for participants in a single event, when it drew 23 players in the Shootout At The Fortress. The previous record was set at the Jackson Open in 2006, which drew 20 players.
"Although these numbers are encouraging, the Tour has always envisioned much larger fields," says Ken Carter, Executive Director of the Tour. "And should the Tour attract these larger fields, players would see that the payout in events would be identical to the other mini tours. I use the same formula as they do."
"Over the years, the Tour has been caught in a 'catch 22' in which players were waiting for the Tour to attract larger fields, so the payout would be larger.," Carter said. "But because all these players were waiting for other players to enter first, nobody entered."
The increase in participation seen in 2018 also makes the Tour more competitive with other mini tours at this level. "I recently checked the participation levels of several other U.S. mini tours, and the MPT is drawing pretty much the same number of players, and actually exceeded their numbers in a few events," Carter said.
The Tour is also drawing players from each of the Great Lakes states. "This season, we had players from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York enter, in addition to Michigan. I also had players from Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, and California tee it up as welll," Carter said.
It is hoped this significant increase in participation will result in a corporate sponsor picking up the Tour and establishing it as the "tour of choice" in the Great Lakes region.