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From Don Barnes, Sunbelt Senior Tour Founder

I am pleased and proud to announce that after 25 years of conducting hundreds of tournaments on behalf of the Sunbelt Senior Tour, we have awarded over 5 million dollars to senior professionals and over 4 million dollars to worthy charities.

I have decided to retire with the satisfaction of knowing that I have found a professional who will continue with a schedule that will provide plenty of opportunity for current and future senior pros. His name is Paul Carriell and he has the vision and enthusiasm to insure the success of the Tour in future years.


To my fellow golf professionals, as you know, Don Barnes has run the Sunbelt Senior Tour for 25 years, giving us the opportunity to compete and advance our careers as playing professionals. Don has worked so hard to provide us with this Tour. Without the Sunbelt Tour we would not be able to compete on a senior level, other than qualifying for Champions Tour events or the qualifying school in the fall. With more and more players reaching 50 years old, and current players in their 50’s and 60’s, it has never been more important to maintain and build the Sunbelt Senior Tour.

I grew up in a golfing family, my Dad, a PGA pro, was the teaching professional at the Arizona Biltmore for over 40 years. He was an active qualifier on the Senior Tour and played in several U.S., British, and Senior PGA Championships. In my early years as a golf professional, I have taught with John Jacobs Golf Schools as a lead instructor throughout the country. I have always maintained my passion to play competitive golf. Since turning 50 two years ago, I have been to both qualifying schools on the Champions Tour, and most recently, the 2019 Staysure Qualifying School in Portugal.

I feel more than ever, that we as playing professionals need to have the Sunbelt Senior Tour thriving having a tournament with sponsorships for our events. I have relocated the Sunbelt Tour to the southwest to include Arizona, California, Utah, and Texas. I will also maintain key events in the southeast. My concept for our Tour is to integrate hotel accommodations with the entry fee. I will have top quality golf courses that bring value, and challenge us as playing professionals to advance our skills.

We have scheduled our first event, the Founders Classic, at Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, AZ on Dec. 16 through Dec. 18. As a participant in my own events I will work for my fellow professionals to bring value, integrity, and most importantly, to carry the legacy of the Sunbelt Tour for the next 20 plus years. Thank you, Don Barnes, for giving us the opportunity to compete.


Paul Carriell

(805) 280-1122



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