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PGA Nationwide Tour comes to Prince George's County

It's the perfect weather for the Fifth Annual Melwood Prince George’s County Open, featuring top professional golf stars competing on the Nationwide Tour at the University of Maryland’s golf course. The tournament runs from May 30th to June 5th.

A few local golfers are in the tournament including: 28-year-old, Naval Academy graduate and Annapolis resident, Billy Hurley. Prior to serving on a Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf last year, he won seven college titles and in 2004 was the sixth-ranked amateur in the world.

Owned and operated by the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour identifies players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. More than two out of three PGA Tour members are Nationwide Tour alumni. Through the efforts of the three tours, sponsors, players, and volunteers, the PGA supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $ 1.6 million in charitable giving.

 

“Melwood is our host charity for this tournament. They have been based in Prince George’s County for 47 years. They literally started in a tent and now elevated into a $70 billion dollar charity that train and employ people with disabilities. We are pleased that all of our net proceeds go to Melwood to support and improve their programs here in Maryland,” said Tournament Director, Teo Sodeman.

 

The field begins with 156 pro golfers and is reduced to the low 60 scores including ties after 36 holes. As of last night, Chris Baryla leads the pack posting nine birdies on his way to a seven-under par 64.

 

“ It’s early, but I played well today. I holed some putts, kept the ball in play and enjoyed myself,” mentioned Canadian pro golfer Chris Baryla.

 

Many of the pros lining up this week will stay on to play the 36-hole qualifier in Maryland for the US Open.

 

“ The competition on this tour is very, very competitive. I estimate that we will have 12-15 guys that are playing in our tournament this week play in the US Open in a couple of weeks,” said Sodeman.

 

You can catch all the action in College Park, Md. for $10 dollars (Military and children under 12 have free admission) until Sunday, June 5th. If you can’t make it to the course, tune into the Golf Channel all weekend to see who takes home the $108,000-dollar first place prize.