Nationwide Tour Releases 2006 Schedule

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Nationwide TourThe Nationwide Tour released its 2006 schedule on Monday and there are three new stops on the slate for next year.
 
The tour opens its season the same way 2005 opened. The first event is in Panama, followed by stops in Australia and New Zealand. Once the tour returns to the United States, it has its traditional stop in Louisiana.
 
Then the tour heads west for the first of three new events, the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a two- week break, the second new event - the Athens Regional Foundation Classic - is scheduled to be played in Georgia.
 
The Knoxville Open, the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Wichita Open and the Boise Open all remain on the schedule for the 17th straight year.
 
The Rex Hospital Open has moved from early May to the first week of June, while the Price Cutter Charity Championship moves up from mid-August to the third week of July.
 
The biggest change is for one of the more scenic stops on tour. The Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in Moosic, Pennsylvania has moved from late June to the week of August 17-20. The Pete Dye Classic in West Virginia shifted from early July to the week after the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
 
As the season comes to a close, the Nationwide Tour Championship shifts from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama to The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Houston, Texas.
 
'We are very pleased with our lineup for the 2006 season,' said Nationwide Tour Chief of Operations Bill Calfee. 'We have a solid core of tournaments that continue to grow in stature every year, along with several new events that we feel will quickly become fixtures in their markets.'
 
The date for the final new event - the PalmettoPride Classic in Charleston, South Carolina - has not been announced as of yet.