The National Women's Golf Association's Eggland's Best Ladies Tour was established in 2006 as a developmental tour for female athletes aspiring to play on the LPGA Tour. Our original concept of giving players that did not advance beyond stage one of LPGA Q-School a tour they could play to develop and hone their skills quickly expanded to become a tour that provided players one of the most competitive "mini-tours" in women's golf. As the second largest women's professional golf association (second only to the LPGA/Symetra Tours), NWGA membership consists not only of some of the best juniors and collegiate grads bidding for a spot on the LPGA Tour, but over the years has also consisted of some of the top LPGA Tour players - players who have won major tournaments both here and abroad. Some of the games best that have played or won the NWGA Tour include; Paula Creamer, Anna Nodqist, Maria Hjorth, Michele McGann, Stacy Lewis, MJ Hur, Amy Yang, Jeong Jang, Brooke Henderson, Cheyenne Woods, just name a few.
What sets us apart:
First: Our tour's foundation is built on our professionalism and our dedicated approach to giving aspiring players a competitive tournament atmosphere. The Director and Rules staff have each earned a level of Advanced / Expert on the current USGA Rules of Golf exam, and with our staff's 120 years of combined experience in tournament administration and officiating at various levels of competition, competitors are assured a well run tour experience with conditions similar to what they will find as they move closer to achieving their goals.
Second: We are the only developmental tour who has significant financial support through a title sponsor in Eggland's Best & Specialty Eggs, INC.
Finally: With the help of our title and supporting sponsors, we have been able to offer the players more than $300,000 in additional prize money and performance bonuses. No other tour to date can match the financial benefit that the NWGA Eggland's Best Ladies Tour has provided the players.
The tour is open to any female professional or competitive amateur golfer aged 13 years old or higher.
Unless otherwise noted on the tournament information page, all tournaments are either 36 or 54 hole stroke play tournaments. No Cuts.
Field Size Limits:
Please check the individual tournament information pages for field size limitations for specific tournaments.
How to Register:
Registration for all tournaments is done online using a credit or debit card payment. All entries are assess a 4.5% transaction fee applied by the credit card processing companies.
At the time of registration, a $25 deposit will be charged to hold a players spot in the tournament. The balance of the entry fee will be charged at the close of registration.
A $50 early registration discount will be applied for players registering eight (8) days or more in advance of the scheduled tournament date.
Payment: All entry fees must be paid online using VISA/MASTERCARD or Discover. Amex payment is not currently available. Entry fees include a 4.9% processing fee charged by the Merchant Service processing agent.
Please refer to tournament information page for 2020 entry fees.
Professionals: Entry fees will vary and are based on purse buy-in and course costs for each course. Course cost will range $75 - $200 per player depending on whether the tournament is a 36 hole or 54 hole event, and based on what time of the year it is. Individual tournament entry fees are listed on the tournament information page. The fees listed on the TPI include all transactions fees for credit card processing.
Professional entry fee for individual tournaments is broken down as such;
36 Hole Events - $100 per competition day toward purse buy-in, plus course costs equals total entry fee.
54 Hole Events - $100 per competition day toward purse buy-in, plus course costs equals total entry fee.
Non-Member Professionals add $75 to 36 hole tournaments, and $100 to 54 hole tournaments.
Amateur Entry Fee:
36 Hole Events - $210 (M) $315 (NM)
54 Hole Events - $315 (M) $420 (NM)
Early registration discounts are available to players. See tournament information page for early registration discount information.
Purse Distribution and Payout:
Amateurs - 36 hole events (competing for experience only). 54 Hole events (eligible for merchandise credit)
Unless a tournament has a sponsored first place prize guarantee, all tournament purses are based on the number of professionals competing in the tournament.
Non-Sponsored tournaments: 1st place will be 20-25% of the total purse collected.
29 professionals or less in the field = 25% of the pro field gets paid.
30 or more professionals in the field = 30% of the pro field gets paid.
Players will have their earnings directly deposited for domestic bank accounts only. International accounts are subject to $55 wire transfer fees.
INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS ON CERTAIN TYPES OF VISA's that are not permitted to earn money while in the United States will not get paid. Please verify your immigration status to determine your eligibility. The tour will hold funds for you if you are in the middle of having your status changed, but these funds will only be held until December 31st of current tax year. Any earnings not claimed prior to December 31st of current tax year will be forfeited. No exceptions.
Tournament Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy:
Cancellations & WD's within seven (7) days of the first round = $25 cancellation fee.
Cancellations & WD's after the pairings have been posted = cancellation fee equal to the amount of the course usage fee regardless of reason, illness, or injury.
Player's that need to withdraw because they Monday qualify for an LPGA Tour event, or gained entry into a Symetra Tour event from the alternate list, refunds minus amount equal to course usage fee will be returned, provided the player withdraws prior to the start of the first round of the NWGA event. Otherwise the player will forfeit their entry fee.
Players may not transfer their entries to future tournaments to avoid paying the cancellation fees.
The key to successful tournament sponsorship is being able to satisfy the Pro-Am commitment. All players registering for a tournament that has a Pro-Am are expected to be available to play in the pro-am if needed.
Transportation Policy - Caddie Policy - Spectator Policy
Unless the tournament is designated a walking event on the individual tournament information page, all tournaments will require players to use golf carts. Except for courses that have implemented Covid 19 precautions, the tournament will only be permitted two carts per pairing.
Caddies - for all tournaments requiring golf carts caddies will be required to walk during play of the hole. Exception - if the player chooses to walk from her approach shot to the green her caddie may move the cart green side. *courses that allow each player to have their own cart caddies will be permitted to ride with their player.
Spectators are encouraged and welcomed. Spectators and Disabled Spectators may be able to rent golf carts but availability may be limited. Please contact the host club in advance to inquire about the availability of carts.
The host club dress code policy supersedes the tours policy.
Tour policy = Acceptable dress is modern golf fashion. Some sleeveless and razor back tops may not conform with host club policy. Please call ahead to inquire and be prepared to change blouses if required to. No denim, Soft spike mandatory.
Distance Measuring Devices:
Players may use lasers, GPS and the like during competition. Equipment that measures slope may be disabled, or the device my not be used.
Pace of Play Policy and Conditions of Competition
A copy of this information is available to each player at the starting tee. In general, pace of play for riding events will be set at an average of 13.5 minutes per hole. Time par for walking events will be set to 15 minutes per hole average. For timing procedures and penalty statement see policy at starting tee.
On behalf of the team at the NWGA and our Eggland's Best Sponsor, I would like to welcome you to our tour.
Scott Walker, Director
NWGA EB Ladies Pro Tour