Former U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett is among almost 200 golfers who will attempt to earn berths in the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open at one of two qualifying tournaments Monday.
Gossett, who tied for second behind Jason Dufner in the 2001 Wichita Open, will compete with 100 other golfers in the Monday qualifier at Newton’s Sand Creek Station. A field of 97 golfers at Auburn Hills will include Kevin Tway, a former U.S. Junior Amateur winner and the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway.
Others competing in the Sand Creek qualifier include former Wichita State golfers Cameron Bishop, Zac Potter and Cameron Bishop. Another former Shocker, Jonathan May, will compete at Auburn Hills.
Seven berths will be awarded at each course for the Wichita Open, which begins Thursday at Crestview Country Club’s North course. The qualifiers begin at 7:30 a.m.
Austin part of Shootout field – Derby’s Woody Austin, who will compete in the Wichita Open for the second straight year, will again be part of the field in Monday evening’s Scholfield Hyundai Shootout on Crestview’s North course.
The two-man scramble, which pairs a Nationwide Tour golfer with local club professionals, is scheduled for 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Six teams will play the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th holes in an elimination format.
Tournament director Roy Turner said other Nationwide pros who have committed to the event include Luke List, who is currently second on the tour’s season money list, and Andres Gonzales, who is third.
Local pros participating include Crestview’s Keith Gunter, Wichita Country Club’s Cary Cozby, Reflection Ridge’s Kurt Gibson, Flint Hills National’s Dave Henson, Hidden Lakes’ Lee Johnson and Rod Nuckolls and Jim Elliott of Willowbend.