Mark Berman-led East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour set to debut in January

The East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour will begin on January 17 at Black Bear Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

Mark Berman with his daughter Hannah
Mark Berman with his daughter Hannah

The man behind the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship, Mark Berman, has decided to provide women’s professional golf with a massive boost. The East Coast Women’s Professional Golf Tour which is an outgrowth of the National Women’s Golf Association Tour is all set to begin in January 2022.

This tour will act as another mini-tour option for aspiring LPGA players which will focus on delivering a more economically viable and regionally focused pathway for women players in the eastern third of the country.

In a recent media interaction, Berman stated:

Our goal is to complement the other tours rather than compete,” Berman said. “We’ll keep an eye on schedules, so players don’t have to choose one over another. At the same time, there are plenty of players looking for tournaments. We’re creating events in areas where players are currently underserved, helping them cut down on front-end costs. We are committed to a tournament experience that demonstrates how valued and meaningful these players are as women and athletes while preparing them for the Symetra Tour and LPGA Q-School.”

Berman’s inspiration behind immense work for golf’s development

Mark Berman largely draws the inspiration for helping the women’s developmental game from his daughter Hannah. The young golfer currently plays professionally after graduating from Jacksonville University last year.

Talking further about the upcoming tour, he mentioned that this will also help players pay for entry fees and travel with the establishment of the Access Golf Fund.

“We started to plan her professional schedule and realized that the closest events were 12 hours away,” Berman said. “It didn’t happen overnight, but her experience led us to buy this tour, not for her but because of her. I am really excited about this chapter of my career and helping to grow the women’s professional game,” he signed off.

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