Couch Clings to Nationwide Money Lead


Nationwide TourChris Couch will be fighting to preserve his No. 1 ranking atop the Nationwide Tour money list when the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open Presented by Cox Communications is played this week.
Couch holds an edge of just under $16,000 in the race against the tours second-leading cash king, Troy Matteson. Couch has amassed $307,598, compared to Mattesons $291,783.
However, Couchs tally is made even more impressive by his total of 10 starts, giving him approximately $30,000 a start. Matteson has played in 15 events, giving him an average of close to $19,500 per start.
Jason Gore, Steven Bowditch and last week's winner Jon Mills bring up the next three positions in the race. Gore and Bowditch are less that $1,000 apart, Gore standing at $244,079, while Bowditch is at $243,116. Gore, however, has played only 10 times this year while Bowditch has posted 12 starts.
The top 20 money-winners will earn PGA Tour cards at season's end. At that end of the rankings, another battle has developed.
Tom Scherrer currentlly stands in 19th position and Eric Axlety 20th, though only approximately $500 separate them. Scherrer has totaled $115,578, while Axley has won $115,088.
However, Jeff Gove is less than $2,000 behind those two at $113,525 in the 21st position. And behind him is David Branshaw at $109,746, and Mathew Goggin with $109,290.
There are 11 tournaments remaining for competitors to amass money before the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
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