Nationwide Tour Begins Western Swing


The Nationwide Tour begins its swing in the western United States with the first of six events. First stop is the Utah Classic, where current PGA Tour player Arron Oberholser captured the 2002 title.
Oberholser will not be on hand to defend, as he graduated to the PGA Tour. So far in 2003, Oberholser has made 13 of 22 cuts with two top-10 finishes, ranking 99th on the money list. Last year, Oberholser withstood seven weather stoppages in four days to post a two-shot win over Doug Barron and Brian Claar. The tournament was reduced to 54 holes as rain and wind played havoc all four rounds.
In 2001, current PGA Tour player David Sutherland opened with a course-record-tying 63 and shot 64 in round two to tie the Nationwide Tour's all-time 36-hole mark of 127 and then held on for a one-shot win over Danny Briggs for his first career title. Sutherland also led by six shots after two rounds, the largest on tour in 2001 and equal to the Tour record set by Joe Durant in 1996 at the Shreveport Open.
Willow Creek Country Club has hosted this event since its inception in 1999. Three of the four winners of this event were first-time champions. Oberholser was the lone exception, as he won earlier in 2002 in Canada. Andrew Morse is the only past champion of this event competing this week. The Nationwide Tour continues next week at the Oregon Classic in Eugene, where Jason Gore captured the 2002 title.
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