But Northeast Pennsylvania Classic will prove to be a tough test for any of the golfers seeking to take a step closer to the PGA Tour's Battlefield Promotion, which rewards any player with three wins in a season immediate membership onto the PGA Tour.
Built on a Pennsylvania mountainside, Glenmaura National is one of the tougher courses the players face all year on the Nationwide Tour. In the tournament's three years of existance, it has yielded one of the highest scoring averages on tour.
Four of the top-5 money winners on the year, each with one win under their belt, are scheduled to compete for the $81,000 first place check, including last week's champion Andre Stolz. Though only playing in four events thus far in 2003, Stolz has racked up three top-10s and has the highest per start money average, winning nearly $43,000 each time he tees it up.
Defending champion Gary Hallberg will return to defend the title he won in dramatic fashion last year. Hallberg, a three-time PGA Tour winner, rallied from 10 strokes down by firing a final round 64 to capture his first Nationwide championship.
Joe Ogilvie, who's currently atop the Nationwide Tour money list, qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying and won't be in the field.
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