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2006 Nationwide Tour Schedule announced

The 2006 Nationwide Tour will feature 31 tournaments in 22 states and three countries in 2006, tour officials have announced.

Purses on the developmental circuit will total almost $17 million, a new record. Nine events will feature purses of at least $600,000 with 21 playing for $500,000 or more. Sixteen of them will be televised on The Golf Channel.

"We are very pleased with our lineup for the 2006 season," said Nationwide Tour Chief of Operations Bill Calfee. "We have a solid core of tournaments that continue to grow in stature every year, along with several new events that we feel will quickly become fixtures in their markets."

The circuit kicks off in late January with three international events, the Movistar Panama Championship in Panama City, Panama; the Jacob's Creek Open Championship in Adelaide, Australia; and the ING New Zealand PGA Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The domestic portion of the tour begins in March with the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La., and ends in mid-November with the Nationwide Tour Championship in Houston.

The circuit includes three new events: the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Athens Regional Foundation Classic in Georgia and the PalmettoPride Classic in Charleston, S.C. And back for a 17th year are four events that were on the original Nationwide Tour schedule in 1990: the Knoxville Open, the Price Cutter Charity Championship, the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open and the Albertsons Boise Open.

Here is the complete 2006 Nationwide Tour Schedule:
Date Tournament Location
Jan. 26-29 Movistar Panama Championship Panama City, Panama
Feb. 16-19 Jacob's Creek Open Championship Adelaide, Australia
Feb. 23-26 ING New Zealand PGA Championship Christchurch, New Zealand
Mar. 23-26 Chitimacha Louisiana Open Broussard, La.
Mar. 30-Apr. 2 Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship Livermore, Calif.
Apr. 20-23 Athens Regional Foundation Classic Athens, Ga.
Apr. 27-30 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs Greenville, S.C.
May 4-7 Virginia Beach Open Virginia Beach, Va.
May 11-14 Rheem Classic Fort Smith, Ark.
May 18-21 Henrico County Open Richmond, Va.
June 1-4 The Rex Hospital Open Raleigh, N.C.
June 8-11 LaSalle Bank Open Glenview, Ill.
June 15-18 Knoxville Open Knoxville, Tenn.
June 21-25 Chattanooga Classic Chattanooga, Tenn.
June 29-July 2 Lake Erie Charity Classic Findley Lake, N.Y.
July 13-16 Scholarship America Showdown Hudson, Wis.
July 20-23 Price Cutter Charity Championship Springfield, Mo.
July 27-30 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open Wichita, Kan.
Aug. 3-6 Cox Classic Omaha, Neb.
Aug. 10-13 Xerox Classic Rochester, N.Y.
Aug. 17-20 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic Scranton, Pa.
Aug. 24-27 NMA Pete Dye Classic Bridgeport, W. Va.
Aug. 30-Sept. 3 Legend Group Golf Classic Highland Heights, Ohio
Sept. 7-10 Envirocare Utah Classic Sandy, Utah
Sept. 14-17 Albertsons Boise Open Boise, Idaho
Sept. 21-24 Oregon Classic Junction City, Ore.
Oct. 5-8 Mark Christopher Charity Classic Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Oct 12-15 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic Midland, Texas
Oct. 26-29 Miccosukee Championship Miami, Fla.
Nov. 9-12 Nationwide Tour Championship Houston, Texas

December 13, 2005

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