Golf

Piller grabs another win on Nationwide

The Nationwide Tour crowned its second two-time champion of the season Sunday, just in time for the Wichita Open.

Martin Piller fired a 7-under-par 64 in the final round at Omaha's Champions Run to win the Cox Classic by two strokes over tour veteran Dicky Pride. The 24-year-old Piller, a Texas A&M graduate, joined Tommy Gainey as the only players on tour this season with multiple victories.

Piller, who earned $130,500 for his latest victory, started the day tied for third behind James Hahn and Kevin Chappell. He made his move toward the end of the front nine, scoring birdies on Nos. 6-8 before making the turn in 30 with an eagle at the par-4 ninth.

A winner at the Stadion Athens Classic in May, Piller scored the biggest payday of his two-year professional career Sunday. He shot 62 and 64 on the weekend.

Piller vaulted from 10th to third on the tour's season money list with $318,621. He trails only Jamie Lovemark and Gainey.

Auburn Hills, Sand Creek Station host qualifiers — Almost 200 golfers will compete for 14 spots in the Wichita Open in 18-hole qualifying tournaments today at Auburn Hills and Newton's Sand Creek Station.

Auburn Hills, hosting a Wichita Open qualifier for the first time, will have 98 golfers competing for seven spots. Sand Creek's tournament roster included 100 players who will battle for seven spots.

Both Monday qualifiers begin at 8 a.m.

Shootout tonight — The Scholfield Shootout, an annual event that gives golf fans a chance to walk the fairways and follow Nationwide Tour golfers in a laid-back setting, is scheduled for 6 tonight on Crestview's North course.

For the first time in the six-hole shootout, pros will partner with top area female golfers in the survive-and-advance format. The field includes two-time Kansas Women's Amateur champion Katy Nugent, state amateur open division champion Vicky Heibsch and Paula Routon, winner of multiple city women's titles.

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