Stretch Drive on the Nationwide Tour


The Nationwide Tour begins its stretch drive towards the season-ending championship event, as only four tournaments remain prior to the finale.
Players will try to jockey for position on the money list. With that in mind,
a stellar field is assembled this week, as 21 of the top-25 money leaders are
scheduled to compete.
Last year, hometown favorite Jeff Quinney closed with a course-record, 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win the Oregon Classic. Quinney, who grew up in Eugene, Oregon, completed the event at 13-under-par 275 for the first Nationwide Tour title of his career.
Quinney's five-stroke comeback in the final round was the biggest in
tournament history.
Barry Cheesman climbed into a tie for second at 10-under-par 278 with a closing 68. He was joined there by David McKenzie, who posted a 3-under 69 in the final round.
Quinney will be on hand this week to defend his title. He is struggling this year on the Nationwide Tour, currently in 87th place on the money list. Three past champions are scheduled to play this week - Quinney, Chris Couch and Keoke Cotner. Couch titled here in 2003 while Cotner captured the event in 2000. When Jason Gore won here in 2002, he carded weekend rounds of 65-71 for a three-shot win over five players and in doing so, set a new tournament record of 270.
Gore's three-round mark of 199 was also an event record. Shadow Hills Country Club professional Mark Keating recorded the first hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced the 12th hole with a three-iron during the opening round of the 1999 event.

Despite the ace, Keating missed the cut with a two-round total of 152. In
2003, Barry Cheesman made the third hole-in-one in Oregon Classic competition, as he finished the event tied for 16th. The other hole-in-one was made by Andy Dillard in 2002.
In the six-year history of the event, there has been only one outright, wire-to-wire winner in Eugene. Kelly Gibson led from start to finish in 1999, taking a three-stroke lead over four players after an opening-day 65.
At the time, Gibson became only the 15th player in tour history to win in wire-to-wire fashion. Shadow Hills has hosted this event since its inception in 1998.
Last year, the course played to a scoring average of 72.814, making it the seventh toughest course on tour last year. The Nationwide Tour moves to Arizona next week for the Gila River Golf Classic, where Chris Nallen won the 2004 event.
Related links:
  • Full Coverage - Oregon Classic