Going Low Key to Victory in Virginia


2006 Henrico County OpenThe Nationwide Tour returns to the state of Virginia for the second time in three weeks for this week's Henrico County Open.
And before players even hit their first shots on Thursday, they will all be aware that it will take four days of great scoring to even have a shot at being in contention.
For all but two years since its debut in 1993, the event has been played at The Dominion Club, which usually plays as one of the easiest scoring courses on tour.
In fact, the club has seen some of the tour's all-time record-setting performances. In 1998, Notah Begay III used a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle stretch to fire the first 59 in Nationwide Tour history. And in 2004, Daniel Chopra shattered the Nationwide Tour par-72 scoring record with a dizzying 30-under-par 258.
In each of the past four editions of the Henrico County Open, the winning score has been 20 under or better, including Chad Collins' 21-under score in his victory last year.
Collins, in what is a rare occurrence on the Nationwide Tour, will be back to defend his title.
Only five of the top-10 players on the money list are in the field this week, so players will have a good shot at getting in better position in the money rankings. The top-20 players on the money list at the end of the season will qualify for the PGA TOUR in 2007.
The winner of The Golf Channel's Big Break II - Kip Henley - has secured a sponsor exemption and will try to better his result from last year's event. Henley missed the cut by two strokes.
The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds beginning Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (ET). The Nationwide Tour will take a one-week break before returning for the Rex Hospital Open from June 1-4.
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