Nationwide Tour Returns to Cleveland

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2005 Cleveland OpenThe inaugural Cleveland Open begins this week at StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio. This is the second consecutive new event on the Nationwide Tour. Rick Price won the inaugural Xerox Classic last week in Rochester, New York.
 
StoneWater Golf Club features tree-lined fairways, 70 sand bunkers and extensive water hazards on 16 of the 18 holes.
 
Chris Couch, who has already won twice this season, is looking to join Jason Gore with a three-win promotion to the PGA Tour. Gore is competing this week on the PGA Tour at the Buick Championship, his first since earning his promotion.
 
Top Contenders in the Field
Shane Bertsch - 7th on money list, won Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs
Chris Couch - 3rd on money list, won 2 events so far in 2005
Kim Felton - 11th on money list, won Knoxville Open
Greg Kraft - 13th on money list, won Northeast Pennsylvania Classic
Jon Mills - 5th on money list, won Canadian PGA Championship
Rick Price - 26th on money list, won Xerox Classic last week
Vance Veazey - 8th on money list, won Panama Championship
 
The Nationwide Tour previously played in the Cleveland area from 1990 to 2001. In 2001, Heath Slocum defeated Ryuji Imada at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord. Barry Cheesman, who won the first Cleveland area event in 1990, is competing this week.
 
Next week, the Nationwide Tour moves north of the border to Canada for the Alberta Classic, where David Hearn won last year.
 
Related links:
  • Leaderboard - Cleveland Open
  • Full Coverage - Cleveland Open