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

Money list

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]

RankPlayerCountryEarnings ($)
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.
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