Sweet Event in Store on Nationwide Tour


The Nationwide Tour makes its annual trek to the sweetest place on earth, as players gear up for The Reeses Cup Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Chocolate will not be the only thing on their minds, as players will be seeking the first-place check of $81,000. Last year, current PGA player Joe Ogilvie tasted victory for the fourth time on the Nationwide Tour, as he melted the competition with a three-shot win.
Ogilvie had a sensational 2003, as he made the cut in 21 of 23 Nationwide events, finishing second on the money list. So far in 2004, Ogilvie ranks 50th on the money list with just one top-10 finish, a tie for second in New Orleans. Ogilvie has made the cut in 14 of 19 events this year.
Seven shots behind David Branshaw, who tied the course record of 64 after round one, Ogilvie moved into contention with a 67 to trail by three. On moving day, Ogilvie carded a 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into Sunday and despite a final-round 70, defeated Paul Claxton, Wes Short, Zach Johnson and David McKenzie by three. By the way, Branshaw failed to break par the rest of the way and tied for 29th.
Hershey Golf Club, which previously hosted an LPGA event on the West Course from 1978-94 (Lady Keystone Open), has been the site of this event since its inception in 1997. The East Course at the Hershey Golf Club played to an average of 72.243 for the week last year, with the par-three, 16th hole playing the most difficult at 3.313. Overall, the course ranked fourth last year on the Nationwide Tour in difficulty.
Ben Hogan was the clubs head professional from 1941-51 and won his first PGA Tour title in 1938 at the Hershey Four-Ball.
Michael Clark, the 1998 champion, is the only player to go wire-to-wire in winning the Reeses Cup Classic, and no player has fired all four rounds in the 60s in the history of the event. Four of the seven winners have either led or were tied for the lead heading into the final round, with Barry Cheesman, John Rollins and Cliff Kresge mounting come-from-behind wins.
The Nationwide Tour moves to Wisconsin next week for the inaugural Scholarship America Showdown.
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