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NATIONWIDE - Melwood Prince George's County Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 5th
SITE: University of Maryland Golf Course, College Park, Maryland
COURSE ARCHITECT: George W. Cobb (1958), Bill Love (2008)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,015
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 416 Yds10 - Par 4 460 Yds
2 - Par 3 228 Yds11 - Par 4 453 Yds
3 - Par 4 443 Yds12 - Par 4 333 Yds
4 - Par 5 552 Yds13 - Par 3 195 Yds
5 - Par 3 250 Yds14 - Par 4 423 Yds
6 - Par 4 386 Yds15 - Par 4 458 Yds
7 - Par 5 548 Yds16 - Par 4 363 Yds
8 - Par 4 346 Yds17 - Par 3 128 Yds
9 - Par 4 486 Yds18 - Par 5 547 Yds
36 3,655 Yds35 3,360 Yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 2:30-5 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-4:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Tommy Gainey (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Frank Lickliter II, Jin Park
Tournament Record:  267 (Tommy Gainey, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Jin Park, B.J. Staten, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  131 (B.J. Staten, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Ricky Barnes, 2008 - The Country Club at Woodmore)
Course Record:  63 (Patrick Sheehan, 2010)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
2010 Finish
Tommy Gainey267Kyle Stanley269
Frank Lickliter II268Craig Barlow270
Jin Park268Skip Kendall270
Paul Claxton269Jhonattan Vegas270
Nick Flanagan269David Mathis271
Adam Meyer271
Past Melwood Prince George's County Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Tommy Gainey (267) -- Frank Lickliter II, Jin Park
2009Mathias Gronberg (269) -- Justin Bolli, Robert Damron
2008Jeff Klauk (276) -- Jeff Brehaut, David Mathis
2007Paul Claxton (270) -- James Driscoll, Jaco Van Zyl

Top Contenders in the Field
Jin Park------mcT-2
Paul ClaxtonWonmcmcT-4
Craig Barlow------T-54T-7
William McGirt---------T-12
Fabian Gomez---mcT-54T-17
Andrew Svoboda------mcT-17
Gary ChristianT-48T-7T-12T-37
Scott DunlapT-20T-32T-5458th
Mathias Gronberg------Wonmc
Garth MulroymcT-62mc---
Jeff KlaukT-31Won------
Ted Potter, Jr.T-52---------
Erik Comptonmc---------
Daniel Chopra------------
Mathew Goggin------------
Will MacKenzie------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Roberto Castro
Darkhorse - Jeff Gove
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mathew Goggin) - Finished tied for 53rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Matt Hendrix) - Missed the cut
The fifth annual Melwood Prince George's County Open begins this week in College Park, Maryland, as the top-four players on the Nationwide Tour money list are in the field - Mathew Goggin, Garth Mulroy, Daniel Chopra and Ted Potter, Jr. Goggin currently leads Mulroy by more than $70,000 for the money lead.

Last year, Tommy Gainey closed with a six-under 65 in the final round to pick up his first Nationwide Tour win. Gainey finished the event at 17-under-par 267 and bettered the tournament scoring record by two strokes. Mathias Gronberg set the old record of 269 in 2009.

Gainey will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2011 by finishing fourth on the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list. Gainey has played well on the PGA Tour this year, with four top-10 finishes. He is currently 34th on the money list and has earned more than $1.2 million.

In 2007, Paul Claxton fired a bogey-free, five-under 67 in the final round to win the inaugural event by one stroke. Claxton finished at 18-under-par 270, one clear of James Driscoll and Jaco Van Zyl. With the victory, Claxton became the first player in Nationwide Tour history to crack the $1 million barrier in career earnings. It was his first Nationwide Tour win since he was victorious at the 2001 Louisiana Open.

This week's event is being held at the University of Maryland Golf Course for the second straight year. It was designed by George Cobb and opened for play in 1958. The first three years of the tournament were held at The Country Club at Woodmore.

The inaugural event in 2007 became the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event to be held in Prince George's county since the 1948 National Capital Open at Prince George's Country Club, which was won by Skip Alexander.

The Nationwide Tour travels to North Carolina next week for The Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, where John Riegger captured the 2010 title.

05/31 15:52:31 ET

As of May 31, 2011, at 03:52 PM ET

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