Nationwide Tour Back in Action

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Nationwide TourAfter a one month layoff, the Nationwide Tour returns to action with the 13th edition of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, as the PGA Tours developmental players see action for the first time in the United States.
 
The Tour opened in Panama and followed with events in New Zealand and Australia, as three different players captured tournaments, two of which (Euan Walters and Jimmy Walker) made it their first. Gavin Coles, who won the New Zealand PGA Championship, was a winner in 2002 on the Nationwide Tour.
 
Last year, Brett Wetterich became a first-time winner when he captured the 2003 event. Wetterich tied the tournament record of 264, as he recorded a three-shot win over Ken Duke. His 54-hole mark of 194 was a new event record. Wes Short, who finished tied for sixth, matched the course record of 61 in round two and his 36-hole total of 127 was a new event mark.
 
Despite the win, Wetterich finished 24th on the final 2003 Nationwide Tour money list and failed to gain his PGA Tour card. He currently ranks 64th on the money list with two cuts made in three events.
 
When Paul Stankowski won this event in 1996, he became the first player to win a Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour event in the same year when he accomplished the feat in consecutive weeks, winning the Louisiana Open and then the BellSouth Classic.
 
Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club has hosted this event since its existence in 1992. Craig Perks, who won The Players Championship in 2002, was an assistant professional at this golf course from 1991-93 and still lives in near by Lafayette.
 
After another lengthy rest, the Nationwide Tour returns to action April 15-18 with the First Tee Arkansas Classic. Current PGA Tour player Ted Purdy captured the 2003 event.
 
Related links:
  • Field - Chitimacha Louisiana Open
  • Full Coverage - Chitimacha Louisiana Open