Playoffs Becoming the Norm


Scholarship America ShowdownThe Nationwide Tour rolls into Wisconsin for the inaugaral playing of the Scholarship America Showdown at the Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson.
One of three new events in the 2004 season, the tour can only hope that the excitement of the last three weeks can continue, as playoffs have decided the outcome in each of those events.
First, D.A. Points needed just one playoff hole to defeat James Driscoll and win the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Then Kevin Stadler earned his first ever tour victory by toughing out a three-man four-hole playoff to win the Lake Erie Charity Classic.
But those playoffs were mild in comparison to this past week's eight-hole marathon playoff between Paul Gow and Ben Bates. Bates eventually won the playoff after each man had parred the first seven playoff holes. It was his second Nationwide Tour win.
Luckily for fans of playoffs, The Golf Channel will be broadcasting this week's event with coverage beginning Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
The event, which was spearheaded by former Nationwide Tour player and current PGA Tour star Tom Lehman, will give all proceeds from the event to charity, something that is near and dear to Lehman.
'Giving back is at the heart of the PGA and Nationwide Tours,' said Lehman. 'Scholarship America could not be a better partner in making that happen.'
Brendan Jones continues to lead the tour's money list with $290,558, despite playing only six tour events. He is $55,660 ahead of Jimmy Walker, who along with Daniel Chopra, are the only two to have notched multiple victories for the year and are just one one shy of the three wins needed to earn the PGA Tour's coveted Battleship Promotion.
The promotion grants immediate membership into the PGA Tour.
The players will be playing for a purse of $475,000, with $85,500 going to the winner.
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