WICHITA, Kan. – The Masters Championship will take place this weekend, from April 11-14 at the Augusta National Golf Club. The Air Capital Classic is proud to recognize past participants who will be competing at this year’s Championship.
Notable participants of both tournaments include: Bubba Watson, who competed at the Air Capital Classic tournament in 2004 and 2005 and won the Masters Championship last year, Zach Johnson (’00, ’03), Matt Kuchar (’06) , Brandt Snedeker (’06), Jason Dufner (2001-’03, ’05-’06), and Scott Piercy who won the Air Capital Classic in 2008.
Wichita's long-running Web.com Tour event will have a new name in 2013: the Air Capital Classic; and with it a new identity.
A new 501(c)(3) has been formed to lead and operate the tournament, in concert with the PGA TOUR. Air Capital Charities, Inc. will be the new organization that will operate the "official event of the PGA TOUR" in Wichita and continue to generate funds for local charities. In 2012, $200,000 was donated to local charities.
After finishing tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, Casey Wittenberg knew he was playing well when he came to Wichita. Despite making an unusual bogey early in the round, the Oklahoma State product stayed patient and birdied four of his last nine holes to rally past a faltering Jim Herman in searing 100-degree heat and win the 23rd Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open. Wittenberg’s second title in almost three months didn't come nearly as easy as his record-setting eight-stroke triumph at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in late March.
"I got a bad break on the sixth hole and essentially gave a shot back to the field there. I just put my head down and tried to make some birdies after that. I wanted to go win the golf tournament and not let it come to me," Wittenberg said.”It's hard to win any golf tournament whether you win by one shot or you win by eight. It's nice to have more than a one shot lead coming into the last hole and fortunately I was in that position coming to the last hole."
The Memphis native got off to a fast start with birdies on the first two holes, but Herman, the 36- and 54-hole leader, answered with birdies of his own on Nos. 2-3 to maintain his two-stroke advantage. When Wittenberg's ball moved as he was making a stroke on the 6th green, he incurred a one-stroke penalty for violating Rule (18-2b/Ball Moving at Address) to fall three strokes back of Herman.