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I know what the word 'fore' means as it pertains to golf, but how did the word originate?

The word, which is yelled to warn golfers of an errant shot, has multiple possible origins.

The most common explanation is a shortening of the term forecaddie, the person assigned to the task of standing ahead of the group to locate and track golfers' shots.

There's also a possible military origin, when infantrymen of yore were told to "beware before" as musket volleys and artillery shells flew over their heads from behind.

It may be as simple as the fact that fore is a synonym for ahead.

Did British Open champion Stewart Cink ever play in the Wichita Open?

Cink, who has six wins on the PGA Tour, won his first major last week at the British Open.

Before the 1997 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year earned his card on the big tour, he had a successful year on the Nike Tour (now Nationwide) in 1996.

Cink came to Wichita that year as the tour's leading money winner, having already won the Ozarks Open in June.

He played well at the tournament held at Reflection Ridge, finishing fifth at 17 under. Cink cashed a check of $9,750 in those days before the Tiger Woods bounce that affected all purses on the tour's top two levels.

Cink also won the Colorado Classic and the Nike Tour Championship to finish the season to earn his card.

He became the ninth major winner, who has played at least one event in the Wichita Open's 20-year history.

David Duval, Tom Lehman and David Toms each won in Wichita before their major victories, while Cink, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson and Shaun Micheel each won money here.

Only Todd Hamilton, who won the 2004 British Open, didn't play the weekend in Wichita. Never a regular member of the PGA Tour's second-tier circuit, Hamilton played in four events in what was then the Ben Hogan Tour in 1991, including Wichita. He missed the cut.

Along with Cink, former Wichita Open alumnus Bo Van Pelt won a PGA Tour event last week in Milwaukee.

Van Pelt is the 97th former Wichita Open golfer, who has won on the PGA Tour. They have combined for 208 wins.

Duval and Furyk lead the way with 13 titles, followed by Toms' 12.

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