The Tour was started by PGA professional Jimmy Thomson 29 years ago and it was one, if not the first tour to start where players competed for their own money, which at the time was against the then PGA regulations.
After a few battles with the PGA the tour continued until Jimmy found he couldn’t spend the time needed to run the tour and it was going to stop, it is at this point that I, Mark Litton took over the organisation of the tour. I decided to keep the name, hence The Thomson Tour continues.
The Tour has tried to keep with the original format and it especially encourages Trainees to play as they can still fill in their playing record cards for their PGA training.
It gives all PGA members including Head Professionals, Qualified Assistants and Registered Trainees the opportunity to play some golf during the winter months when there is very little else to play in, as well as other professional members of the European Challenge Tour, Europro and other recognised satalite tours.
Since it’s conception 29 years ago many of the Thomson Tour’s former tour members have gone on to make the European Tour and include a few that have won major international honours along the way, they include Ian Poulter, Simon Khan, Mark Litton, Bobby Mitchell, Lee Fickling, Daniel Brooks, Andy Clapp and Dale Whitnell.
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