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Cutter Creek set to host NGA tournament for fourth straight year

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SNOW HILL, N.C. - Professional golf makes its return to Eastern North Carolina this week  when the NGA Tour embarks on Greene County for the fourth annual Cutter Creek Golf Classic.

The Classics week of festivities, hosted by Snow Hills Cutter Creek Golf Club, will begin June 16 and include golf clinics, a long-ball contest and Pro-Am, as well as nightly events in Greenville, Kinston and Snow Hill. The four-round Classic will start June 19 and culminate with the championship round on June 22.

The 220-acre course, nestled in the hills of Greene County, has served host for the professional golf tour for just three years but the list of golfers to move on to more prestigious ranks is already piling up. Robert Streb, the runner up in the inaugural Classic is currently ranked 70th on the PGA Tour money list, earning nearly $1 million this year.

Tournament record holder and 2011 champion Brandon Brown has competed in all three Cutter Creek Golf Classics. Last year he finished six-under for the tournament just days after competing in the US Open at Merion Golf Club. David Gossett, who won the US Amateur in 1999 along with a PGA Tour event in 2001, played in the first two Cutter Creek Golf Classics. He qualified for the 2014 US Open in Pinehurst earlier this month.

Weve had some amazing golfers play in this tournament and its easy to see when you watch how competitive these guys are out on the course, said Cutter Creek Director of Golf Burt Williams. It is always fun  to meet these players now and watch where theyre headed at the next level.

Also playing in this years Classic is Eric Brady who won the Eastern Invitational presented by Albritton Interiors. He shot rounds of six-under and four-under to beat out 80 other hopefuls and earn an exemption into the Classic. Brady graduated from ECU this year and was a member of the universitys golf team.

The National Golf Association's NGA Professional Golf Tour, formerly known as the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour and the Rick "TC" Jordan Tour, dates back to 1988 with Rick "TC" Jordan as its owner and founder. Jordan envisioned a golf tour that would provide professional golfers an opportunity to compete in a professional atmosphere as well as achieve financial success. With alumni such as 2011 PGA Championship Winner Keegan Bradley, 2010 FedEx Cup Winner and PGA Tour Player of the Year Jim Furyk, 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink, 2007 Masters  champion Zach Johnson, 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis, two-time US Open Champion Lee Janzen, PGA Championship Winner Shaun Micheel, British Open and PGA Championship Winner John Daly, British Open Champion Tom Lehman, US Open Champion Lucas Glover, TPC Winner Craig Perks, and PGA Championship Winner David Toms, and PGA Tour Winners like Gary Woodland, Scott Stallings, Vaughn Taylor, Mark Wilson, Bubba Watson, Camilo Villegas, Will MacKenzie, Chad Campbell and Champion's Tour players Tom McKnight and Walter Hall, it has become clear that Rick Jordan's dream has become a reality.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, which puts a greater emphasis on strong community support, well-organized events and benefiting a local charity, has helped more professionals acquire their PGA, Euro, Senior PGA, and Nationwide Tour cards than any other developmental tour in the United States. With professionalism a focal point of this Tour, the golf community and corporate America continues to be attracted to the high visibility and unique exposure opportunities presented by the National Golf Association and it's NGA Professional Golf Tour.

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