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Tough Field Tough Course in Scranton

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The Nationwide Tour is in the middle stretch of its 31- tournament season as the tour rolls into Scranton, Pa., for the fifth edition of the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
 
One of the tougher courses on the tour, the Glenmaura National Golf Club is built on a Pennsylvania mountainside and consistantly yields some of the higher scores for the year.
 
Seven of the top-10 money winners on the year - all but two with a win under their belt - are scheduled to compete for the $81,000 first-place check, including last week's runner-up, D.A. Points. Points, who finished in a tie for 16th in 2003, just went above the $100,000 mark following his second-place showing.
 
Ryuji Imada, currently sixth on the money list, hopes to improve on his placement in last year's tournament, but that's not asking too much since he finished in a tie for third. Imada won the BMW Charity Pro-Am dramatic fashion earlier in the year by sinking a birdie putt on the fifth hole of sudden death. It was his second career Nationwide Tour victory.
 
Jeff Hart, who won the inaugural event back in 2000, is also in the field.
 
Defending champion and five-time PGA Tour winner Blaine McCallister will not return to defend the title he won last year over another PGA Tour veteran in Bill Glasson.
 
The tour's leading money winner and the last week's champion at the La Salle Bank Championship, Brendan Jones, will also not be in the field as he qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying .
 
Related links:
  • Full Coverage - Northeast Pennsylvania Classic