Tours Face Changing Entering Arkansas


The Buy.Com Tour may be missing some of its key ingredients, but nevertheless heads into Arkansas this week for the Fort Smith Classic.
The circuit will be without defending champion Tim Clark, who took this event last year at the Hardscrabble Country Club, winning by three shots at 16-under-par 264.
It will also be absent of David Gossett, who just two weeks ago, clinched a spot on the PGA Tour when he won the John Deere Classic on a sponsors exemption.
Finally, and most recently, the tour will sadly say goodbye to Heath Slocum, as he too leaves for the fruits of the PGA Tour. Slocum became the second Buy.Com Tour player ever to receive the elusive Battlefield Promotion last week when he won the Omaha Classic for his third event of the year.
The face of the tour has indeed changed in the last couple weeks.
However, many of the circuits most talented players will be making the journey to Arkansas, including Deane and Brenden Pappas, Jonathan Byrd, Rob McKelvey, Pat Bates, Rod Pampling and Jay Hobby.
They will all be competing for a first-place prize of $76,500. Most importantly, however, they will all be vying to follow in their predecessors footsteps and advance to the big show.