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Sebastian-CappelenWichita KS- Sebastian Cappelen couldn’t cop to any brash statements, even after a brash debut on the Web.com Tour.

He won in his very first pro start, as a Monday qualifier at the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. But as a three-time All-American at Arkansas, wasn’t he expecting to make a name for himself right away? To follow in the footsteps of other young studs? The mantra of all the kids these days is “ready to win now,” right?

“Not realistically. Absolutely not,” Cappelen said a few hours after his win on Sunday, refusing his opportunity to woof, although he had certainly earned it. “Everybody knows that it’s out there and that’s what everyone wants to do – play well right away – but how often do you see that?”

Well, there was Carlos Ortiz finishing third in his first career start back in February, then winning three events later and adding another “W” shortly after that. And Max Homa breaking out quickly, too.

But Cappelen took it to a new level in Wichita, Kansas. Not since Ted Potter Jr. won in South Georgia in 2011 had a Monday qualifier gone on to win, and not since Ben Crane in 2000 had such a Cinderella story been written at the Air Capital Classic.

WICHITA, Kan. –With a goal to expose the game of golf to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity, the Air Capital Classic has donated $21,000 to the following:

Wichita Junior Golf Foundation

$6000

USD 259 donation of two SNAG® sets for use of Physical Education Instructors

$6000

Marge Page Memorial Scholarship

$6000

Crestview Junior Golf

$3000

Holly Anderson, Wichita Junior Golf Foundation Director, was thrilled when she heard the news that a portion of the money from the event would go towards Wichita Junior Golf. “I’m really not sure what to say other than a huge thank you from the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation,” Anderson said. “Marge Page would be honored with the scholarship in her name.”

With the help of Brian Davis, Executive Director of the South Central PGA, the Air Capital Classic was able to donate two SNAG® bags to the USD 259 school district to help promote golf to youth in the Wichita area. “The South Central PGA is grateful to be able to work alongside the Air Capital Classic in an effort to grow the game of golf,” Davis  said.  “We are excited to be able to partner with great organizations such as this to introduce the game of golf to more youth in our part of the country.”

WICHITA, Kan. - Ollie Schiederjans, 2014 Air Capital Classic exemption,  finished second with a 6-under 204 (71-65-68) in 54 holes at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club. Schniederjans lost on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to Stanford's Cameron Wilson. 

A junior at Georgia Tech, Schniederjans earned his Air Capital Classic exemption byway of the United States Collegiate Championship in October. The Powder Springs, Ga., native is presently ranked third in Golfweek (collegiate individuals) and fourth in the world rankings. At the NCAA Raleigh Regional, Schniederjans finished second individually with a seven-under, 54-hole total (66-68-72-206).

Schniederjans was named “Player of the Mid-Season” by Golf World magazine, ACC Golfer of the Month in October and sits atop the rankings for the Palmer Cup released by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The junior had a 69.64 stroke average and five wins under his belt this season coming into the NCAA Championships. 

WICHITA, Kan. - Brock Mackenzie and Ollie Schiederjans have been named two of the four Air Capital Classic exemptions, it was announced today. A Seattle, Wash., native, Mackenzie won the exemption through the All-American Gateway Tour after winning two tournaments and finishing in the top-7 in all eight of his starts this year. Mackenzie was the runner-up in the final winter tournament on the All-American Gateway Tour, his second of the year, to take the top spot in the five tournament Points Race and the opportunity to make the trip back to Wichita.

“I’m excited to have earned a spot and am looking forward to returning to Wichita to play in this great event,” Mackenzie said.

A junior at Georgia Tech, Schniederjans earned the exemption byway of the United States Collegiate Championship in October. The Powder Springs, Ga., native is presently ranked third in Golfweek (collegiate individuals) and fourth in the world rankings. Schniederjans will be participating in the NCAA Raleigh Regional, which is set for May 15-17 at Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C.

The final two exemptions will be determined closer to the tournament.

The Air Capital Classic is in its 25th year on the Web.com Tour and is set for June 19-22.  A complete schedule is attached.  Tickets are available at all QuikTrip locations an on-line at aircapclassic.com.

Masters-logoWICHITA, KS - Matt Jones, last week's Shell Houston Open Champion and 2007 Air Capital Classic participant joins 27 other Wichita alums this week in Augusta, GA for the Masters. Other former Air Capital Classic participants who are playing this week include: