Oregon Hosts Nationwides Top Players


Nationwide TourShadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore., hosts the Nationwide Tour this week for the 2006 Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Automotive Group.
This years tournament hopes for improving weather as the 2005 contest was shortened down to 54 holes.
Last year, Jeff Gove shot three rounds under par before inclement weather brought play to a halt on Sunday. Gove finished with a score of 15-under-par, three strokes ahead of runners-up Jamie Broce, Kris Cox, Esteban Toledo, and Tim Wilkinson, who were all tied at 12-under-par.
Gove used his first place finish to catapult him to the No. 20 spot on the money list, and thus was granted member status for the 2006 PGA TOUR season. The Nationwide Tour annually grants those players in the top 20 on the money list an automatic PGA TOUR card for the following season.
Gove is currently ranked No. 293 in the World Ranking, and has a carried a 70.84 scoring average through 22 events played in 2006.
Shadow Hills, the par 72, 7,007 yard course, should offer a tough test once again this year.
Last year, of the 66 players who made the cut, 39 of them shot at least one round over par. In addition, of the 76 players who missed the cut, 46 of them shot both their first and second rounds over par.
With six tournaments remaining in the season, all players are looking for that end of the season push. The 2006 Oregon Classic offers a purse of $450,000 with $81,000 dedicated to the champion.
In attendance will be 20 of the top 25 players on the Nationwide Tour, including 17 players who have already tasted victory in 2006, including Johnson Wagner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Haas, and Craig Bowden.
Next up, the final five tournaments of the Nationwide Tour schedule begins with a stop in Rancho Cucamonga, California for the 2006 Mark Christopher Charity Classic.
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