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NATIONWIDE - Soboba Golf Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 8th
SITE: The Country Club at Soboba Springs, San Jacinto, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Desmond Muirhead (1967), Cary Bichter (2005 - 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:  4th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Ted Potter, Jr. (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Miguel Angel Carballo, Andres Gonzales
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
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ted Potter, Jr. *270Matt Every273
Miguel Angel Carballo270Luke List273
Andres Gonzales270John Mallinger273
Jonas Blixt272Tim Wilkinson273
Jarrod Lyle272J.J. Killeen274

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Soboba Golf Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Ted Potter, Jr. (270) -- Miguel Angel Carballo, Andres Gonzales
2010Steven Bowditch (265) -- Daniel Summerhays
2009Jerod Turner (269) -- Derek Lamely

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200920102011
Miguel A. CarballoT-39mcT-2
Andres Gonzales------T-2
Luke List---mcT-6
Casey Wittenberg---mcT-31
Paul ClaxtonmcT-56mc
Brian Smockmcwdmc
Andrew Svoboda---T-21---
Fabian GomezmcT-56---
Skip Kendall61st------
Joseph Bramlett---------
Paul Haley II---------
Edward Loar---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Paul Claxton
Darkhorse - Rob Oppenheim
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tim Wilkinson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Lingmerth) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Tour travels to California this week for the Soboba Golf Classic in San Jacinto. The top 14 players on the money list are in the field, including money leader Skip Kendall. He is joined by the other tournament winners in 2012 - Paul Haley II, Edward Loar and Casey Wittenberg. This is the first year that the event is being held in April. It was previously played in September.

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 1967. It was redesigned in 2005 by Cary Bichter.

Last year, Ted Potter, Jr. birdied the second playoff hole to outlast Andres Gonzales and Miguel Angel Carballo and win. Potter, who birdied the 72nd hole to get into the playoff with Gonzales and Carballo, birdied both playoff holes -- which were played at the par-five 18th. Carballo was eliminated after parring the first, and Gonzales parred the second. It was the second win of 2011 for Potter, who also won the South Georgia Classic. He shot a five-under 66 in the final round to finish at 14-under 270.

Potter will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 by finishing second on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list. He has made six cuts in 10 events on the PGA Tour this season, with a tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January being his best finish. Potter is currently 120th on the PGA Tour money list with $176,905 in earnings.

The par-four, 500-yard 16th hole played to a stroke average of 4.413 last year, which ranked it as the fifth-toughest hole on the Nationwide Tour in 2011. The 226-yard 15th hole played to a scoring average of 3.305 last year, which ranked it as the second-toughest par-three on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.

In 2010, 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 in 2010 with only 96 putts, the second lowest total in Nationwide Tour history. Grant Waite had only 95 putts at the 2003 Miccosukee Championship.

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 Nationwide Tour returns next week in California for the TPC Stonebrae Championship in Hayward, where Daniel Chopra captured the title in 2011.

04/03 16:21:56 ET

As of April 3, 2012, at 04:22 PM ET

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