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.
Write down a 1 – Former Wichita Open runner-up Chad Collins ended a seven-year tournament hole-in-one drought Saturday with an ace on the 197-yard, par-3 12th.
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.
Shootout participant begins big tournament – Wichita Country Club professional Cary Cozby, who participated in Monday’s Scholfield Hyundai Shootout with Nationwide pro Josh Broadaway, is among 312 golfers who will participate in the PGA Professional National Championship, which starts today in Seaside, Calif.
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.
Etc. – The final-round pairings feature six of the tour’s top 25 money winners in the final five groups.… Paul Haley, the Nationwide’s money leader, shot a 69 Saturday and is an eight-way tie for 12th at 8-under 205.… Third-round leaders or co-leaders have won the Wichita Open seven times in the 19 years since the event has been 72 holes. Last year, Matthew Goggin took a one-shot lead into the final round and won by the same margin.… Justin Hicks, who shot the low round of the day (65), climbed 22 spots up the leaderboard Saturday into a tie for third.