In July of 1992 Frank and Mary Magee formed Moonlight Golf Association, Inc. to make developmental pro golf more available and affordable. Mary, a mother of five has an associates degree, majoring in business. Her five years experience as a bookeeper would become valuable as she manages all business accounting functions. Mary's parents were avid golfers. As a junior golfer, she learned to play at Old York Road Country Club in Pennsylvania and with her Spalding CASH-IN-PUTTER, is a worthy putting match for anyone.
Frank Magee played tournament golf from the age of thirteen, starting into golf as a caddy at the age of twelve at Huntingdon Valley Country Club outside Philadelphia. There Frank won four junior club championships and the men's championship. Defeating the many-time state and twice national amateur champion Jay Sigel, in a semi-final match, Frank was runner-up in the Philadelphia amateur championship at age 18. The same year Frank qualified for his first U.S. Amateur and won his first match in U.S.G.A competition. Frank successfully qualified into six USGA events and into the Sectionals of the US Open. While serving as a Lieutenant and Platoon Commander in the United States Marine Corps, Frank won successive commands golf championships and competed in the Inter-service Championship as a member of the All-Marine Team. During his time in the Marines, Frank and Mary had two children, Laura and Jacquelyn.
Immediately following Frank's service with the Marines, already a graduate from LaSalle College High School and Temple University with a bachelors degree in mathematics, he accepted a position with General Electricís Aerospace Group in Valley Forge PA, as a System Analyst with the Systems Integrations Department during the Cold War years. During Frank's service with G.E., he earned a Masters degree in applied mathematics from Villanova University. While working in Valley Forge, Frank and Mary had two more children; Kenneth and Mary Frances. In 2003 they would have their fifth child, Sean Alexander.
After years of Top Secret systems development in secured locations, a career opening move brought the Magee family to Florida after Frank accepted a position as Test Manager with E-Systems (Raytheon), a company which engineers and manufactures defense communications systems. Later as a contract engineer Frank returned to service with G.E. Aerospace in Valley Forge, and also Camden, New Jersey. Subsequently, A different department of G.E. Aerospace brought Frank to Daytona Florida as a contract engineer developing flight simulation networking systems. When Martin Marietta assumed G.E. Aerospace and then Lockheed merged with Martin, Frank's service contract was continued through these corporate mergers. After serving Lockheed Martin in east Orlando as a technical proposal manager for new business, Frank committed himself to growing the OGATOUR.org program.
Following his years as amateur tournament golfer, Frank found time to compete as a mini-tour professional golfer on the J.C. Goosie Space Coast Tour, the Florida Tour, the Tommy Armour Tour, and the NFPGA Winter Tour, winning only modest amounts. Frank also attempted Hogan Tour qualifiers and many PGA TOUR "four spot" open qualifiers, breaking par a few times, but never qualifying. With these competitive experiences and having been forced on occassion due to inadequate funding to sleep in his car at tournament sites, Frank gained a personal understanding of pro golf's need for a more accessible and equitable system of player development and advancement.
OGATOUR.org Concept Demonstration
The No EXemptions Tour, Inc. (NEXT!) was started in 1997 by Frank and Mary Magee to expand on the mission of Moonlight Golf, creating higher level golf tournament competition for the top performers from Moonlight and other associated independent host club activities. Funds contributed by Moonlight Golf to NEXT! assured that the prize purse levels relative to player fees were consistently the best in developmental pro golf. As other host club owned activities join the OGATOUR.org program, more qualified players will play Level2 and Level3 events for greater prize purses.
The No EXemptions Tour (NEXT!), has also conducted Level3 events, known as LIBERTY or Tour Championships, allowing entries only from players who have performed in the top 25% of a recent NEXT! Level2 event. For example, in March 2006, LIBERTY-8 awarded $10,000 to its winner, Ty Harris. This player finished in the top 33% of a Moonlight event to play in the NEXT! He then finished in the top 33% of the NEXT! to qualify for LIBERTY-8. Mr. Harris converted an $85 dollar entry fee investment at the Moonlight level into a $10,000 return at the LIBERTY level. In one year NEXT! added a little over $50K to its Level2 or Level3 prize purses and awarded two $15K 1st place prizes with no more than $500 entry fees. Over 15 OGATOUR.org Activity alumni went on to win events on the PGATOUR. A list of these players and other "Success Stories" may be viewed via the OGATOUR.org home site. With the central Florida proof of concept phase completed in YR2009, the sourcing and training of other new OGATOUR.org supported administrators in Florida has begun with the next moves out of state.