It follows last week's Scholarship America Showdown in Wisconsin won by Kevin Stadler and marks the third new tournament the tour has added this season. It brings the total number of events to 31 and this week also marks the beginning of the second half of the 2004 campaign.
The halfway point also provides the perfect time to look at some of the tour's more noteworthy statistics including the year-to-date money list.
After fifteen events, Brendan Jones leads the tour with $290,558 followed by two-time winner Jimmy Walker with $253,804 and Ryuji Imada is in third with $237,327.
But the real race is for the 20th position on the money list, as the top 20 at the end of the year will move on to the PGA Tour for the 2005 season. Kyle Thompson, fresh off his runner-up finish in Wisconsin, jumped over Michael Long and into the 20th spot. Long, however, only trails Thompson by $4,827 with 15 events yet to play.
Money leader Jones also leads the tour in scoring average at 69.36 followed closely by Franklin Langham and Justin Bolli whose averages are 69.73 and 69.86 respectively.
Bolli also is ranked first in the tour's all-around category.
Luckily for many Nationwide Tour players, the young Stadler - who has won two of the last three events on the schedule - will not be in the field this week or the next as he has accepted a sponsors invitation for this week's B.C. Open to play alongside his father Craig. He will play in the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee as a result of winning the Scholarship America Showdown.
The Golf Channel will be on hand in West Virginia to broadcast all four rounds live. The first two days will begin at 1:30p.m. (ET), while Saturday and Sunday's action will be shown starting at 5:00 p.m.
Dye, the tournament's host and namesake, has built hundreds of courses throughout the world and is generally considered to be one of the best in his field. This course is no exception as it plays to 7,166 yards and is built on a former strip mine and features a 140-foot underground coal mine from the sixth hole to the seventh tee box.
The tournament boasts a purse of $600,000 with $108,000 going to the winner.