The tumultuous off season for the Air Capital Classic will end Monday morning.
That is the official kick off to the beginning of Wichita's longest running professional golf tournament with the newly named Air Capital Classic.
Formerly the Wichita Open, the Air Capital Classic replaces the longest running tournament on the web.com Tour. At the beginning of March, a press conference was announced regarding the tournament that had many nervous for it's future. Tournament director Roy Turner announced that Preferred Health Systems would no longer be the title sponsor and thus, prompting the name change. The tournament lives on, just needing more sponsors to really keep this thing off the ground.
As usual, the field for the tournament is stacked. 21 of the 25 web.com Tour Money Leaders are coming to Wichita, including money leader Michael Putnam. A win in Wichita will promote him to the PGA Tour and he would be the first in the history of the tour to be promoted with three straight wins. Former Shockers Ryan Spears and Dustin Garza return to their adopted home town.
Also there are 12 spots available at the Monday qualifiers at Sand Creek Station and Auburn Hills golf courses. Former Wichita State golfers Zac Potter and Cameron Bishop will try and make the tournament, same goes for former Newman golfer Nick May. Conditions should be ripe for scoring, the lower the better for those trying to qualify.
And of course the gorgeous weather we have experienced all spring and early summer long will end Monday as we hit 90 degrees for the first time. All. Year. Long.
Hopefully this helps the scoring at Crestview, where it's never been a problem but if the temps soar - there is a chance we could see a winning score of 20-under par.
Tournament Director Roy Turner said he is more excited than ever for 2013.
Eyewitness Sports will be there all week bringing you the best coverage from the tournament you won't find anywhere else.
It's going to be a good week, hope that other tournament doesn't pull you in...