Audrey Dunn spent Sunday afternoon carrying a water bottle around Crestview Country Club and following the guy who persistently kept calling her 2 1/2 years ago when they were undergraduates at the University of Arkansas.
The lone amateur in the Air Capital Classic has shown some professional resolve over the tournament’s first three days.
This is how the dream works, Mr. Young Aspiring Golfer.
Piercy set the tournament’s cumulative scoring record of 262 – 22-under par – firing a 64, 62 and 65 on the first three days at Crestview. It was the first Web.com Tour victory for Piercy, who had won $2 million in a pro event the previous summer. After adding another Web.com victory that year, Piercy moved on to the PGA Tour in 2009 and has stayed there. The Las Vegas native won the 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. The 35-year-old Piercy has been sidelined since February after undergoing surgery on his right arm.
Aaron Watkins has flourished amid the support – and even the occasional dissension – he has incurred as a Kansas State alumnus and frequent competitor in the Air Capital Classic.
The Air Capital Classic became a speed bump on Carlos Ortiz’s fast track to the PGA Tour.
Daley outdueled fishing and hunting buddy Shane Bertsch in a one-hole playoff at Crestview for his second Web.com Tour victory. At the time, Daley, who didn’t turn professional until age 32, became the tournament’s oldest champion at 44. After two seasons on the PGA Tour and a decade on the developmental tour, Daley’s biggest career victory came after 50 at the 2012 Senior Players Championship. It was just months after he earned Champions Tour status by tying for fourth in the Senior PGA Championship. Daley has earned more than $1 million on both Web.com and Champions tours.
Web.com Tour golfer Tom Gillis said he has never been one to mince words since he opened a Twitter account almost three years ago.
Two-time Air Capital Classic champion Brad Elder knew the sponsor exemption he received to play in this week’s 25th edition of the Web.com Tour event was likely once destined for former Kansas State golfer Aaron Watkins.
Jace Long’s final approach shot of the Air Capital Classic’s first round landed on the left side of Crestview Country Club’s 18th green and rolled directly toward the hole.
Dufner played his way into a full-time spot on the then-Buy.com Tour by winning the first tournament at Crestview Country Club. His bogey-free, final-round 68 included an 8-foot eagle putt on the final hole, giving him a 72-hole total of 22-under par and a three-shot victory over David Gossett, Jeff Gove and Todd Rose. Dufner made four more appearances in Wichita before solidifying his spot on the PGA Tour. After a playoff loss to Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship, Dufner became the fourth Air Capital Classic champion to win a major at the 2013 PGA.
Whoever wins the Air Capital Classic this weekend at Crestview Country Club most certainly won’t have the same celebration as Web.com Tour rookie Max Homa did last month.
From junior tournaments to prestigious amateur events to top-level collegiate competition, the golfing worlds of Cory Whitsett and Ollie Schniederjans have often spun simultaneously.
Steven Alker didn’t swing his golf clubs for four days prior to Wednesday’s pro-am event at the Air Capital Classic.
If your imagery of the top performing golfer on the Web.com Tour this season is a grizzled veteran hardened by scores of battle scars, try again.
The sun has not even broken the horizon yet and already the whir of mowers and leaf blowers pierces the silence.
One of five former champions in this year’s field, Elder is the only golfer to win two Air Capital Classic titles. His victory in 1999 at Willowbend was the first of his professional career and propelled him to a four-year stint on the PGA Tour. Elder then posted a four-shot victory – the largest in tournament history – at Crestview in 2007 to become the seventh Web.com Tour player to win the same event multiple times. He regained his tour card for 2008. He is the tournament’s career earnings leader with $152,824 in 10 appearances.
Yards away from the path that honors him and other Air Capital Classic champions, Scott Parel played the 18th hole at Crestview Country Club during Tuesday’s practice round free of trouble.
One year after failing to close the deal as the 54-hole leader, Vegas fired a 7-under-par 64 in the final round at Crestview to erase a six-shot deficit and earned $103,500 with his first professional victory. The Venezuelan finished eight groups ahead of the final pairing and waited to see if his 20-under par total for the tournament would hold. Vegas, who played collegiately at Texas, moved on to the PGA Tour in 2011 and won the Bob Hope Classic in his fifth tour event, defeating Gary Woodland and Bill Haas in a playoff.
Josh Broadaway’s captaincy in the Scholfield Air Capital Cup on Monday might not have carried the same prestige as a Ryder Cup team led by Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer.
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.
Patrick Nichol fondly recalls his time as a Web.com Tour advance official, visiting golf tournament sites in Wichita, Springfield, Mo., and Boise, Idaho, among others.