Couch Matteson Battling for Money Lead


2005 Northeast Pennsylvania ClassicThe Nationwide Tour heads up east for the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic at the Glenmaura National GC in Scrantin, Pennsylvania.
Tour money leader Chris Couch again will be going after his third win of the season and with it the PGA Tour's Battlefield Promotion.
He'll be joined by Troy Matteson, who added to his tour leading seventh top-10 finish at last week's Knoxville Classic.
Only $14,000 seperates the pair from the top of the money list, with Couch also leading with two victories to one.
Last year, D.A. Points parred the first playoff hole to defeat James Driscoll and win the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
The duo ended regulation knotted at 14-under-par 270 and headed to the par-four 18th hole at Glenmaura National Golf Club for the sudden-death playoff. Driscoll drove into a fairway bunker and was faced with a difficult second shot. From 95 yards out, Driscoll hit his approach into the water and Points took advantage. Points knocked his second 25 feet from the hole and Driscoll, after taking a drop, hit his fourth shot to 25 feet. Driscoll missed the putt and so did Points, but Points tapped in for par and his first victory of the 2004 season.
Glenmaura National, one of the most challenging and beautiful courses that the Nationwide Tour plays, was designed by Dr. Michael Hurzdan with consultant work by PGA player Larry Mize. The golf course has hosted the event since its inception.
The first three years of the tournament saw the scoring averages above 72, putting Glenmaura in the top-10 on the toughest-course list.
The Nationwide Tour moves north to New York next week for the Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek `n Peak Resort, where Kevin Stadler was a playoff winner last year.
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