1997 Nike Tour

The 1997 Nike Tour season was the eighth season of the Nike Tour, the PGA Tour's official developmental tour, now known as the Web.com Tour. The top fifteen players on the final money list earned PGA Tour cards for 1998.


The season ran from January 30 to October 19 and consisted of 29 events. All of the tournament names began with "Nike", e. g. "Nike Lakeland Classic"; this is eliminated here for brevity.[1]

A policy was enacted before the season to immediately promote to the PGA Tour any player who won three times in a Nike Tour season. With his win at the Omaha Classic, Chris Smith became the first golfer to earn a three-win promotion.

Date Tournament Location Winner
Feb 2 Lakeland Classic Florida   Ryan Howison (1)
Feb 23 Inland Empire Open California   Mark Carnevale (1)
Mar 16 Monterrey Open Mexico   Mike Small (1)
Mar 30 Louisiana Open Louisiana   Joe Daley (1)
Apr 6 Greater Austin Open Texas   Eric Booker (1)
Apr 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic Mississippi   Jeff Brehaut (2)
Apr 27 Alabama Classic Alabama   John Elliott (2)
May 4 South Carolina Classic South Carolina   Harrison Frazar (1)
May 11 Carolina Classic North Carolina   Ahmad Bateman (1)
May 18 Dominion Open Virginia   Jeff Julian (1)
Jun 1 Upstate Classic South Carolina   Chris Smith (3)
Jun 8 Knoxville Open Tennessee   Dave Rummells (2)
Jun 15 Miami Valley Open Ohio   Trevor Dodds (2)
Jun 22 Cleveland Open Ohio   Mike Small (2)
Jul 6 Hershey Open Pennsylvania   Barry Cheesman (2)
Jul 13 Laurel Creek Classic New Jersey   Matt Gogel (2)
Jul 20 St. Louis Golf Classic Missouri   Todd Gleaton (1)
Jul 27 Wichita Open Kansas   Ben Bates (1)
Aug 3 Dakota Dunes Open South Dakota   Chris Smith (4)
Aug 10 Omaha Classic Nebraska   Chris Smith (5)
Aug 17 Ozarks Open Missouri   Chris DiMarco (1)
Aug 24 Permian Basin Open Texas   Paul Gow (1)
Sep 7 Colorado Classic Colorado   Pat Bates (2)
Sep 14 San Jose Open California   R. W. Eaks (3)
Sep 21 Boise Open Idaho   Iain Steel (1)
Sep 28 Tri-Cities Open Washington   Todd Gleaton (2)
Oct 5 Puget Sound Open Washington   Kevin Johnson (1)
Oct 12 Shreveport Open Louisiana   Mark Wurtz (1)
Oct 19 Nike Tour Championship Alabama   Steve Flesch (1)

Money listEdit

For a complete list of the top fifteen players on the final money list, who earned PGA Tour cards for 1998, see 1997 Nike Tour graduates.[2][3]

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Chris Smith   United States 225,201
2 Mark Carnevale   United States 184,997
3 Chris DiMarco   United States 135,513
4 Steve Flesch   United States 133,190
5 Trevor Dodds   Namibia 130,983
6 Barry Cheesman   United States 120,033
7 J. L. Lewis   United States 119,829
8 Brian Kamm   United States 118,005
9 R. W. Eaks   United States 117,665
10 Glen Hnatiuk   Canada 116,381


  1. ^ "Web.com Tour chronology". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Web.com Tour past players gaining exempt PGA Tour status". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "1997 Nike Tour money list". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 4, 2016.