Editor'sAdam Wallace is a media assistant for the Nationwide Tour. Each week, Wallace will size up the field and provide his top five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc. | note: Adam Wallace is a media assistant for the Nationwide Tour. Each week, Wallace will size up the field and provide his top five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc. | POWER RANKINGS: Bridgestone Invitational | Legends Reno-Tahoe Open
This week is the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open contested at Crestview Country Club. Since the Nationwide Tour's inaugural season in 1990, the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open has been on the schedule. There are only three other tournaments on the 2009 schedule that have been around since the beginning (Albertsons Boise Open in Boise, Idaho, Knoxville Open in Knoxville, Tenn., and Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo.).
Crestview CC is historically one of the easiest courses on Tour. Since 2001, the course has been ranked as low as the third least difficult (out of 34 in 2007) and as high as eighth (out of 32 in 2005). Typically when a course is known for not being difficult, something stands out statistically. Other than the winner's statistics, that is not the case for Crestview CC (par 71 / 6,886 yards).
Last year, 70 percent of the field found the fairway, just four percent more than the Tour average for the year. For the approach, 68 percent found the green, less than a half of a percent than the year's average. The putting average of 1.755 for the week was .042 lower than the 2008 season.
Scott Piercy won the 2008 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open by setting the 72-hole tournament record -- 262 (22-under). His statistics looked a little different than the rest of the field. Piercy managed to lead the field in greens in regulation with an astonishing 88.89 percent. Pair that stat together with averaging 1.67 (12th) putts per round, and that's a recipe for setting tournament records. He also managed to keep it in the fairway 76.79 percent (16th) of the time and averaged 6.25 (1st) birdies a round.
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The winner's check of $94,500 helped Piercy on his way to a ninth-place finish on the 2008 money list, enabling him to secure his 2009 PGA TOUR card.