Nationwide Tour at Halfway Point of Season

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2006 Scholarship America ShowdownThe Nationwide Tour heads to Minnesota this week for the Scholarship America Showdown at Somerby. The event will be held at Somerby Golf Club in Byron for the first time this year.
 
Somerby Golf Club, designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, was ranked in the top-10 of new private courses in the United States by Golf Digest for 2005. Tripp Isenhour, who won his second event of the year in April, is still looking for his third victory which would catapult him back to the PGA TOUR.

Last year, Jason Gore posted four rounds in the 60s, including a 3-under 67 in the final round to win the Scholarship America Showdown, his second straight win on the Nationwide Tour. Gore completed the event at 14-under-par 266. With the back-to-back wins, Gore became the first player in Nationwide Tour history to win consecutive events twice in a career.
 
He also did it in 2002 when he won the Oregon Classic and the Boise Open. Bill Haas also closed with a 67 to take second place at 10-under-par 270. Gore opened with a birdie at the first in the final round. Jason Dufner moved ahead of Gore at minus-13 as he opened with three straight birdies. Gore climbed back into a tie for the lead with Dufner when he birdied the fourth and took control with back-to-back birdies from the seventh. As Dufner was tumbling down the leaderboard, Gore did not do much better. He faltered to a bogey on the 11th and another on No. 14 at Troy Burne Golf Club. Gore moved back to minus-14 as he rolled in a lengthy birdie try on the par-5 16th. He closed with a pair of pars to secure his second of three wins on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.

Gore will not be on hand to defend his title as he advanced to the PGA TOUR with his third victory on the Nationwide Tour last year. Gore would go on to win on the PGA TOUR last year in September at the 84 LUMBER Classic. So far in 2006, Gore has made the cut in just seven of 20 events with his best finish being a tie for seventh at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in January. He is currently 123rd on the money list.

David Morland IV recorded the only hole-in-one in tournament history last year when he aced the par-3 14th hole at Troy Burne Golf Club in the second round.

Next week, the Nationwide Tour visits Missouri for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, where Roger Tambellini captured the 2005 title.
 
The Golf Channel has coverage of all four rounds this week beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.
 
Next up for the Nationwide Tour is the Price Cutter Charity Championship, where Roger Tambellini was victorious last year.
 
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