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NATIONWIDE - Soboba Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th
SITE: Country Club at Soboba Springs, San Jacinto, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Desmond Muirhead (1996), Cary Bichter (2006 - redesign)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,207
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 450 Yds10 - Par 4 378 Yds
2 - Par 4 442 Yds11 - Par 4 404 Yds
3 - Par 4 495 Yds12 - Par 4 420 Yds
4 - Par 3 148 Yds13 - Par 3 207 Yds
5 - Par 5 570 Yds14 - Par 4 441 Yds
6 - Par 5 536 Yds15 - Par 3 226 Yds
7 - Par 4 511 Yds16 - Par 4 500 Yds
8 - Par 3 151 Yds17 - Par 4 375 Yds
9 - Par 4 432 Yds18 - Par 5 521 Yds
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36 3,735 Yds35 3,472 Yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Steven Bowditch
Runner-Up:  Daniel Summerhays
Tournament Record:  265 (Steven Bowditch, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Steven Bowditch, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Keegan Bradley, 2010)
Course Record:  62 (Derek Lamely, 2009; David Branshaw, Camilo Benedetti, 2010)
Total Purse:  $750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $135,000; 2nd Place - $81,000; 3rd Place - $51,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Steven Bowditch265Hunter Haas271
Daniel Summerhays268J.J. Killeen271
Keegan Bradley270Jin Park271
B.J. Staten270Nate Smith271
Jeff Curl271Camilo Benedetti271
Kyle Stanley271
 
Past Soboba Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Steven Bowditch (265) -- Daniel Summerhays
2009Jerod Turner (269) -- Derek Lamely

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20092010
Steven Bowditch---Won
Daniel Summerhaysmc2nd
B.J. StatenmcT-3
J.J. Killeen5thT-5
Nate Smith---T-5
Gary ChristianmcT-39
Kyle Thompsonmcmc
Jerod TurnerWon---
Troy KellyT-31---
Erik Compton------
Mathew Goggin------
Russell Knox------
Jason Kokrak------
John Mallinger------
Ted Potter, Jr.------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - J.J. Killeen
Darkhorse - Billy Hurley III
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Mallinger) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Vranesh) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Tour travels to California this week for the Soboba Classic in San Jacinto. The top 47 players on the money list are in the field this week, including money leader J.J. Killeen. Mathew Goggin and Killeen will each be trying to win for the third time this season and advance to the PGA Tour. Killeen leads Goggin by nearly $30,000 atop the money list.

This tournament will be held at The Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto. The par-71 course, designed by Desmond Muirhead, opened in 1996. It was redesigned in 2006 by Cary Bichter.

Last year, Steven Bowditch earned his first victory in five years, carding rounds of 70-64-63-68. Bowditch carried a two-shot lead into the final round and cruised to a three-shot victory at 19-under 265, winning for the first time since the 2005 Jacob's Creek Open in his native Australia.

Bowditch finished the tournament last year with only 96 putts, the second lowest total in Nationwide Tour history. Grant Waite had only 95 putts at the 2003 Miccosukee Championship.

Bowditch will attempt this week to become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend his title. He has played on the PGA Tour this season and is currently 131st on the PGA Tour money list with $499,118 in earnings. His best finish this year was a tie for ninth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

In 2009, Jerod Turner fired four rounds in the 60s (68-66-66-69) to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory at the inaugural event. Turner completed his first win at 15-under-par 269 for a two-stroke victory over Derek Lamely.

The par-four, 500-yard 16th hole played to a stroke average of 4.351 last year, which ranked it as the ninth-toughest hole on the Nationwide Tour in 2010. The 226-yard 15th hole played to a scoring average of 3.314 last year, which ranked it as the third-toughest par-three on the Nationwide Tour in 2010.

The Nationwide Tour returns next week in Texas for the WNB Golf Classic, where Nate Smith captured the title in 2010.

09/20 16:42:51 ET

As of September 20, 2011, at 04:42 PM ET

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