Ranked 17th on the money list with $72,816 (12 events), Barranger enters the tournament on somewhat of a hot streak. With top-10 finishes in three of his last four starts, he hopes he can recapture the magic of last year's event when he shot a Buy.Com tournament tying record 26-under par, which lifted him to a one stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt.
The Dayton Open, played at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, is the 14th stop on the Buy.Com Tour and is the halfway point in the 28 event tour season. With a $425,000 winner's purse, $76,500 to the winner, Barranger will have his hands full trying to repeat, with leading money winner Cliff Kresge and June player of the month Aaron Oberholser joining him in the field.
Kresge, coming off a victory in last week's Hersey Open, might possibly have the most motivating circumstances when arriving in Dayton. With a win, which would be his third of the season, Kresge would be granted the most coveted award a Buy.Com Tour player can recieve - the much sought after 'Battlefield Promotion,' giving the player immediate exemption to the big leagues, for the remainder of this year and all of 2003.
Oberholson, currently third on the money list, would actually be in Kresge's position for that promotion if not for a miraculous chip in from 45 feet, by Kresge, to beat him in a playoff earlier in the year at Virginia Beach. A victory here and he to would be in that most desirable position, two wins down and one to go.
Tee times for the Dayton Open