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Tough Test Awaits in Pennsylvania

Nationwide TourThis week the Nationwide Tour visits one of the toughest courses of the season at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Scranton, Penn., for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Classic.
Glenmaura National was built in 1993 and lies in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The course was constructed around the side of a mountain and features an elevation change of 365 feet from start to finish.
Cleve Coldwater, Head Golf Professional at Glenmaura National believes that the key to taming the 6,990 yard par-71 setup is to control the five par-3s the course offers. One of the most important for players will be the ninth hole, which plays downhill at 196 yards and features one of three natural waterfalls on the course.
In 2005, Greg Kraft capped off a record breaking third round in which he beat the Nationwide Tour record for largest margin over the field after 54 holes, en route to his first professional victory on tour with a score of 17-under-par 267.
Since his win last year at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Classic, Kraft has achieved his PGA TOUR card once again, with his best finish coming two weeks ago at the Buick Championship where he finished in the top 25.
The $450,000 event will feature six of the Nationwide Tours top 10 players on Tour, including No. 1 player on the money list, Johnson Wagner. In addition, Chez Ravie hopes to make the event his 16th consecutive cut made this season.
Next week the tour heads 350 miles south for the 2006 National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Northeastern Pennsylvania Classic