Tour Moves To Chocolate Town This Week


The Buy.Com Tour heads a bit east this week into the chocolate capital of the world at Hershey, Penn., site of the Buy.Com Hershey Open.
Paul Gow won this event last year, shooting a final round 71 to finish at 3-under-par 281 over some tremendously difficult conditions at the long Hershey Country Club.
The Aussie will not be in attendance this week, however.
Gows win last year was part of a season that included eight other top-10 finishes on the circuit, and he is now a full-time member of the PGA Tour.
While he has yet to break through playing with the big boys (his best finish so far has been a tie for 16th), several others have filled his void on the smaller tour.
Specifically, Jonathan Byrd ' winner of this years Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs ' and Chad Campbell, who won the Richmond Open, have done well and caused quite a stir. They will both be in attendance this week.
Likewise, winner of the Dayton Open two weeks ago, Todd Barranger will be teeing it up, as will 1999 U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett.
Unfortunately, the hottest golfer on the tour will not be playing this week.
Heath Slocum, who won by a landslide last week at the Knoxville Open and two weeks before that at the Cleveland Open will take the week off.
The Hershey Country Club plays to a length of 7,154 yards. It was plagued last season with high winds and lightening quick greens, but heavy rains over the last several days in Pennsylvania should see the course playing slightly easier this time around.
The total purse on the lines this week is $425,000, with $76,500 of that going to the victor.