Such was not the case.
Stiles finished 28th on the 2000 money list, and is back in 2001 to defend his title at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.
If Stiles can accomplish the repeat, he would be the first person to do so in tour history.
Stiles blew a four-shot lead Sunday a year ago, but successfully battled his nerves and the elements to win by two shots over John Kernohan.
This years purse is $425,000, with $76,500 going to the winner.
Chad Campbell will not only be vying for the hefty winners check, but also a spot on the big tour.
Campbell has already won twice on the Buy.Com Tour in 2001. One more victory would earn him a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour; something Heath Slocum has already executed this season.
Past winners of this event include Kelly Gibson (1991), Phil Tataurangi (1996) and Matt Gogel (1998)
Full field and tee times for the Buy.Com Tri-Cities Open