The Air Capital Classic’s popular Monday evening event will feature a new format, but the light-hearted atmosphere and opportunity for spectators to walk the fairways with touring professionals won’t change.
Local pros who have partnered with Web.com Tour golfers in past two-man scrambles will be on their own when the Scholfield Air Capital Cup tees off at 6 p.m. on Crestview Country Club’s North course. The six-hole event, which begins on the 10th hole, is free to the public and marks the unofficial start of tournament week festivities.
The change will feature twosomes of local pros competing against tour pros in a Ryder Cup-style format. Past participant Josh Broadaway, a cross-handed player who will be competing in his ninth Air Capital Classic, will compete for the Web.com team.
“The shootout has always been great,” Air Capital Classic tournament director Roy Turner said. “But I got with the sponsors and we discussed changing some things around. … The local pros hand-picked their partners and they’re pretty excited.”
Wichita Country Club’s Cary Cozby, who teamed with 2003 Air Capital Classic champion Jeff Klauk to win last year’s event, will play with Terradyne’s Greg Bray. Other local teams include Crestview’s Trent Rommann and Willowbend’s Steve Hausmann, and Hidden Lakes’ Lee Johnson and Consolver’s Steve Blaske.
Auburn Hills, Sand Creek to host qualifying – Twelve of the 156 golfers who will compete in the Air Capital Classic will be decided in Monday qualifying tournaments at Auburn Hills and Newton’s Sand Creek Station.
Six spots will be awarded at each site. The qualifiers begin at 7:30 a.m. and include more than 100 competitors at each location.
The Auburn Hills field includes former University of Kansas golfer Chris Thompson and Wichita State’s Dustin Garza. Thompson, 37, and the 26-year-old Garza tied for seventh in last year’s Air Capital Classic, seven shots behind champion Scott Parel.
Thompson, an Independence native who lives in Lawrence, competed in last week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C. He posted rounds of 80 and 74 and missed the cut.