Go ahead if you dare. Search for “Streaker at the Wichita Open” on YouTube.
But hide the kids first.
The good times at Crestview Country Club’s jovial 17th hole reached a new level Saturday during the third round of the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open. As Nationwide Tour golfers Richard Scott and Steve Allan prepared to hit their tee shots, a male streaker ran across the green, looped around the flagstick and ran down the fairway, then exited the course left toward Killenwood Drive.
Within minutes, social media was abuzz and a video of the streaker, who shielded his identity with a handkerchief, soon surfaced on the internet. PGA Tour members with Wichita Open experience like Hunter Haas and Jeff Klauk weighed in on on Twitter.
One tour official said it wasn’t the first streaking incident on the Nationwide Tour. He recalled a male streaker in Omaha, site of the Cox Classic.
“This tournament is now legit,” Nationwide golfer Jason Gore said.
Collins, a Monday qualifier in this year’s tournament, used a 5-iron on the 193-yard hole. He shot an even-par 71.
“It’s my sixth hole in one and oddly enough, I haven’t seen half of them go in,” said Collins, who finished one shot behind tournament winner Chris Tidland in 2009. “I didn’t see this one go in, but I knew something had happened when I heard the roar.”
Collins’ ace was the 13th on the Nationwide this season. When he was a tour rookie in 2005, Collins made a hole in one at the Alberta Classic.
Other Kansas club pros in the tournament with Wichita Open connections include Great Bend’s Steve Gotsche, who won twice on the Nationwide in 1999. Gotsche participated in 10 Wichita Opens, the last in 2006. Former Wichita State golfer Matt Seitz of Hutchinson will also play in the club pro event. He has played in nine Wichita Opens.