As the golf world focuses most of its attention on Merion Golf Club this week for the 2013 United States Open, the grind continues for players on the developmental tours.
As the most diplomatic of the major championships, the U.S. Open features many players who would otherwise be in the field at an NGA Tour, Adams Tour or Web.com Tour event. So as players in Wichita, KS at the Air Capital Classic compete, they will also be keeping an eye on the action at Merion where many of their friends and fellow tour players are vying for our national championship.
Several players with St. Louis or Missouri ties are in the field this week in Wichita. One particular player is making his professional debut. Jace Long, former University of Missouri standout, posted Even Par on Thursday at Crestview CC.
Dustin Garza, a regular participant in Missouri Golf Association championships and a former Wichita State player, posted 5-under in the first round and trails Alex Prugh by 3 shots entering the 2nd round.
Justin Bardgett, a past Missouri Amateur Champion, posted 1 over par on Thursday.
Michael Letzig, a former Missouri Amateur Stroke Play Champion finished his first round at 2-over.
Peter Malnati, a former University of Missouri player, posted 68 (3-under) on Thursday.
Brice Garnett, former Missouri Western player, posted 1-over par in his first round.