BuyCom Tour Returns to Richmond


After two years at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club, the Buy.Com Richmond Open returns to The Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Va. The par-72 7,089 yard layout hosted this event the first seven years of its existence. It was designed by Bill Love and Curtis Strange in 1992.
The 10th edition of the Richmond Open (formerly the Dominion Open) features a total purse of $425,000 with $76,500 going to the winner.
Last year, Chad Campbell earned the first of his three 2001 titles with rounds of 64-65 over the weekend to win by three shots. Campbell, who will not be on hand to defend his title as he is competing on the PGA Tour, has made nine of 14 cuts this season, with one top-10 finish, a tie for third at Greensboro.
Tied for the lead with J.J. Henry after three rounds, Campbell opened Sunday's round with three straight birdies and an eagle to open a four-stroke lead en route to victory. Campbell, Gibson, Craig Matthew and Brian Kamm were the lone players in the field to post all four rounds in the 60s.
Campbell's total of 263 set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 270 set in 1995 by Hugh Royer III and Tom Scherrer.
The top contenders in the field this year include Cliff Kresge who captured last week's event in a playoff at Virginia Beach. Jace Bugg is also coming in playing well after finishing tied for 4th last week with a final round score of 68.
Three-time European Tour winner Alex Cejka is also set to tee it up. The 32-year-old is trying to make his mark in U.S. - he currently sits in 20th on the Buy.Com's money list.
There have been four holes-in-one made at this event, three of which came at the Dominion Club. In 2000, Dave Barr aced the 210-yard seventh hole at Stonehenge during the first round.
Current PGA Tour player Notah Begay III became the first player in Buy.Com Tour history to shoot 59 when he shot 32-27 in the second round in 1998. Two weeks later, Doug Dunakey joined the under 60 crowd in Dayton with the only other 59 in Tour history.
After two weeks in Virginia, the Buy.Com Tour moves to North Carolina for the SAS Carolina Classic at the TPC at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh. John Maginnes captured that event in 2001.

Previous Winners of the Richmond Open:
2001 - Chad Campbell (263)
2000 - *Steve Runge (272)
1999 - Darron Stiles (279)
1998 - Bob Burns (274)
1997 - Jeff Julian (277)
1996 - Olin Browne (276)
1995 - *Hugh Royer III (270)
1994 - *Sonny Skinner (271)
1993 - Angel Franco (272)
* - Won in Playoff
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