National Golf Association loses Hooters sponsorship


The National Golf Association has lost the title sponsor of its primary developmental tour. Hooters restaurants has dropped its name from the former NGA Hooters Tour, leading to a renaming of the series. It will henceforth be known as the National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour.

When Hooters of America was purchased by a group of private investors, the role of the restaurant chain as title sponsor of the tour was in question. The investors purchased the company from the Brooks family, owners since the founding of the company. The Brooks family put the Hooters name on a number of ventures, including a regional airliner and NASCAR teams.

The new ownership committed to sponsoring the NGA – one of two premier mini-tours for players ineligible for the Nationwide Tour – through 2011. Founded in 1988, the NGA Pro Tour has approximately 15 other sponsors of its tour.