In 2005, former PGA TOUR player Esteban Toledo carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to win the Peek 'n Peak Classic. Toledo completed the event at 14- under-par 274 for his first career victory on the Nationwide Tour. Current PGA TOUR player Jeff Gove posted a 70 to take second place at 12-under-par 276.
Toledo fired a 65 in the third round to give himself a three-shot lead heading into the final round on the Upper Course in search of his maiden title. He started well with a birdie at the par-4 third, but gave a shot back with a bogey at the very next hole. He added a birdie at the par-5 ninth, but missed the fairway off the tee at the 12th and walked away with a bogey. Toledo redeemed himself at the par-5 14th, however, when he holed out from the fairway with his third shot for an eagle. That separated himself from his challengers. Toledo found trouble with a bogey at the 15th, but the eagle at the previous hole proved to be enough for the win. Toledo's victory was his first professional win in his 16-year career. Toledo will be on hand this week to defend his title. He is struggling this year on the Nationwide Tour, currently 124th on the money list.
The Peak's signature hole is No. 14, where rolling terrain flows from tee to green offering a view of Chautauqua County's pristine beauty from one of the highest points on the Peak's Upper Course. The Course has bent-grass greens, fairways and tees making for optimum playing conditions. Undulating greens and holes that require long shots over deep ravines make this course a difficult challenge. When this event joined the tour in 2002, it was the first Nationwide Tour event in New York since the 1996 Buffalo Open, where Jimmy Green defeated Jeff Gove in a playoff.
In 2004, Kevin Stadler parred the fourth playoff hole to outlast Michael Long and Bubba Watson and win the Peek 'n Peak Classic. Adding to the moment, Stadler's father Craig came from behind and won the Bank of America Championship on the Champions Tour. They became the second father-son duo to win in the same week. David and Bob Duval accomplished the feat in 1999.
The purse was increased $110,000 this year. The winner will receive $100,800. The Nationwide Tour moves to Wisconsin in two weeks for the Scholarship America Showdown, where Jason Gore captured the 2005 event on his way to the PGA TOUR.