Nationwide Tour Insider: Tough week ahead in OhioJuly 29, 2009
Nationwide Tour staff
Player to Watch: Blake Adams Blake Adams has been quietly putting together a stellar season. Currently fifth on the money list with $208,718, he is on pace to finish in "THE 25" and earn his PGA TOUR card for 2010. Last year, Ricky Barnes finished 25th on the money list with $218,902. Adams has four top-10s in 10 starts so far, including a solo second at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung two weeks ago. He has played his last 10 competitive rounds under par and has not shot over 70 since the first round of the Nationwide Tour Players Cup on June 25. He is playing his third full season on the Nationwide Tour after earning a conditional exemption via q-school in 2006. In his first two years on Tour, he finished 154th and 94th the money list, respectively.
Job Promotions?? Michael Sim and Kevin Johnson are looking for their third wins of the season and an instant promotion to the PGA TOUR. This is Sim's last opportunity to break Jason Gore's record for the earliest in the calendar year to accumulate three victories. Gore hit the mark on Aug. 7, 2005, in his 11th event. With a second-place finish or better, Sim will also break the single-season earnings record of $495,009 set by Troy Matteson in 2005.
All-American Event A unique feature of the Nationwide Tour Children's Hospital Invitational is its special sponsor exemptions for Golf Coaches Association of America award winners and first-team All-Americans. The result is the largest number of collegiate invitations given in the history of the Nationwide Tour. The inaugural event in 2007 was won by BYU sophomore Daniel Summerhays, who became the first amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour. Summerhays is now a member of the Nationwide Tour and will play in the event for the third year in a row, having turned professional in the fall of 2007.
Exciting finish in 2008 In one of the most exciting finishes on the Nationwide Tour, Bill Lunde chipped in for birdie at the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Dustin Bray last year. Minutes before, Josh Broadaway, paired with Lunde in the final group, holed his approach from 150 yards at the 18th. Broadaway's ball came out of the rough, hit the flagstick and cropped into the cup for an eagle 2. Bray, who was the 10th alternate and got into the tournament Wednesday afternoon, only came to Columbus after learning he had failed to register for a Tarheel Tour event the same week. Lunde's win propelled him to seventh on the money list, while Bray ascended 105 spots to 45th.