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A field of 156 golfers will tee off Thursday morning in the LECOM Health Challenge on the PGA Tour at Peek'n Peak in Findley Lake in Clymer.

Even though the top four money-winners this year on the Tour are not entered, there is still plenty of talent.

Eight of this season's 13 winners on the Tour are in the field, as are six golfers who finished in the top 10 in last year's event.

Watch for: Rhein Gibson, the only one of the four who competed in the playoff for last year's champion who is playing in this year's tournament, is coming off a tie for fifth place in last weekend's Nashville Golf Open Benefiting the Snedeker Foundation.

Adam Schenk won the Lincoln Land Charity Championship two weeks ago before finishing tied for fifth in Nashville.

Kyle Thompson stands fifth on the Tour money list at $189,820.

Five other top ten finishers from 2016: Erik Barnes of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark who played at the University of Arkansas; Nate Ashley, 34, from Scottsbluff, Neb; Denny McCarthy, 24 of Takoma Park, Md., who played at the University of Virginia; and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C.

Last year: Rick Lamb, who got into the tournament via a Monday qualifier, shot a final round 63 to make it into a four-golfer playoff for the championship. After the four parred the first playoff hole, Lamb chipped in for a birdie on the 18th hole (second hole of the playoff) to collect the winner's share of $108,000. Two weeks ago, Lamb enjoyed his best finish on the PGA Tour, tying for 17th in the Travelers Open in Cromwell, Conn.

Local favorites: Veteran pro Dudley Hart of Rochester is in the field via a sponsor's exemption. WNY golfers among those gaining sponsor exemptions are Peek'n Peak pro Dwayne Randall and St. Bonaventure golf coach Ryan Swanson. Also exempted is Nick Flanagan of Australia, the 2003 U.S. Amateur champion.

The course: The tournament will be played on Peek'n Peak's Upper Course, a 7,058-yard, par-72 layout with bent grass greens. It includes rolling hills, deep sand bunkers and panoramic views of Findley Lake.

What's in the name: LECOM stands for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. LECOM Health is the title sponsor. The host organization is the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation.

Tee off: Gates open 6:30 a.m. each day. First tee off is 7:30 a.m. on holes No. 1 and No. 10.

Tickets: All-Week General Admission Tickets are $25 and can be used by others if purchaser is unable to attend. Any day general admission ticket is $10.

Parking: Free parking is included with ticket purchase.

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