This week the PalmettoPride Classic makes its debut on the Nationwide Tour, and gives players an added chance to climb up the ranks on this years money list in hopes of receiving an automatic bid to the PGA TOUR.
Players will be tested on the Ralston Creek Course at The Daniel Island Club, which measures at 7,446 yards, the longest course this year on the Nationwide Tour. The Rees Jones design features sculpted and strategically placed bunkers making it difficult for players who seek to attack the championship pin locations.
The PalmettoPride Classic also boasts a large purse of $500,000, with $90,000 allocated to the inaugural champion of the new tour event.
The PalmettoPride Classic is the first of the last three events on tour this season with players trying to reach into the top 62 on tour to gain entry into the season ending Nationwide Tour Championship in early November.
Currently PGA TOUR player Kevin Na, sits at the No. 62 spot, which will allow No. 63 Stephen Marino and No. 64 Deane Pappas to fight for the last spot in this years Tour Championship. Both Marino and Pappas are in the field this week in Charleston.
In addition, Ricky Barnes, who currently sits #26 on this years money list, looks to make his 21st consecutive cut and receive another jump up the money list after last weeks 14th place finish at the Permian Basin Charity Classic.
Also Johnson Wagner, Tripp Isenhour, Kevin Stadler, and Brandt Snedeker will all be in attendance looking to end their season a few weeks early with a third victory of the 2006 season, therefore earning their Battlefield Promotion to the PGA TOUR.
Next week, Nationwide Tour players head to Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Miami, Florida for another try at the Miccosukee Championship. Last year, PGA TOUR officials cancelled the event due to the threat of incoming Hurricane Wilma.