NATIONWIDE - Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th
SITE: Crestview Country Club (North Course), Wichita, Kansas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1969)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,959
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 457 Yds10 - Par 4 428 Yds
2 - Par 5 563 Yds11 - Par 4 339 Yds
3 - Par 4 343 Yds12 - Par 3 197 Yds
4 - Par 4 397 Yds13 - Par 4 437 Yds
5 - Par 3 194 Yds14 - Par 5 501 Yds
6 - Par 4 495 Yds15 - Par 4 391 Yds
7 - Par 4 456 Yds16 - Par 4 383 Yds
8 - Par 3 206 Yds17 - Par 3 202 Yds
9 - Par 4 450 Yds18 - Par 5 520 Yds
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35 3,561 Yds36 3,398 Yds
 
Annual:  23rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Mathew Goggin (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Kyle Thompson
Tournament Record:  262 (Scott Piercy, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Scott Piercy, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Scott Piercy, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Greg Fleisher, Eric Hoos, 1991; Emlyn Aubrey, 1998)
Course Record:  61 (Gavin Coles, 2006)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Mathew Goggin266Aaron Watkins271
Kyle Thompson267Martin Flores272
Scott Brown268Josh Geary272
Troy Kelly268Jin Park272
Billy Hurley III270Rob Oppenheim273
 
Past Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Mathew Goggin (266) -- Kyle Thompson
2010Jhonattan Vegas (264) -- Roberto Castro
2009Chris Tidland (268) -- Chad Collins, Dave Schultz
2008Scott Piercy (262) -- Hunter Haas, Spencer Levin, Daniel Summerhays
2007Brad Elder (265) -- Fabian Gomez
2006Kevin Johnson (266) -- Matt Kuchar
2005*Joe Daley (268) -- Shane Bertsch
2004*Bradley Hughes (270) -- Hunter Haas, Scott Harrington, Erik Compton
2003Jeff Klauk (265) -- Mike Brisky, Mark Hensby
2002Tyler Williamson (272) -- Keoke Cotner, Jeff Klauk
2001Jason Dufner (266) -- Todd Rose, David Gossett, Jeff Gove
2000Ben Crane (263) -- Kelly Grunewald, Vance Veazey
1999Brad Elder (268) -- Mark Wurtz
1998Emlyn Aubrey (265) -- Carl Paulson, Anthony Rodriguez
1997*Ben Bates (269) -- Carl Paulson, Jeff Brehaut, Chris Smith
1996Rick Cramer (269) -- J.P. Hayes, Jimmy Johnston, Craig Kanada
1995*David Toms (269) -- E.J. Pfister
1994Dennis Postlewait (271) -- Clark Burroughs
1993David Duval (271) -- Jeff Lee, John Morse
1992*#Jeff Woodland (204) -- Bob May
1991#Eric Hoos (199) -- Tom Garner, Pete Jordan
1990#Tom Lehman (202) -- Greg Whisman (203)

* - Won in Playoff

# - 54-hole Tournament

Note:Formerly called Ben Hogan Reflection Ridge Open (1990), Ben Hogan
Wichita Charity Classic (1991-92), NIKE Wichita Open (1993-99), BUY.COM Wichita Open (2000-01).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2005200620072008200920102011
Aaron Watkins------T-13------62nd6th
Jin Park---mcT-30---mcT-4T-7
Rob Oppenheim------mc------T-2910th
Roger Tambellinimc---------------T-11
Andrew Svoboda------------T-38T-56T-17
Matt Davidson---------------T-4T-20
Kevin JohnsonwdWonmcmcT-58---T-58
Brad Elder---mcWon---mcmcmc
Luke List------------T-17T-41T-35
Casey Wittenberg---------mc---mc---
Andres Gonzales---------mcmc------
Lee Williams------mcmc---------
Paul Haley II---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Casey Wittenberg
Darkhorse - Brian Stuard
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Parel) - Finished tied for 29th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Scott Gardiner) - Finished tied for 23rd
 
NOTES:This tournament is one of the four original events on the Nationwide
Tour. The Wichita Open, Knoxville Open, Price Cutter Charity Championship and Boise Open have been on the schedule since the tour began in 1990.

The top 14 players on the money list are in the field, including money leader Paul Haley II. Haley took over the money lead by finishing 2nd at the Mexico Open two weeks ago. He leads Luke List by more than $5,000. Haley has 1 win and 2 second place finishes this year.

Casey Wittenberg is in the field this week after finishing tied for 10th at the U.S. Open last week. Wittenberg, who won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open earlier this year, outplayed playing partner Tiger Woods in the final round. Wittenberg fired an even-par 70 on the difficult Olympic Club to Woods' 73.

After four years at Willowbend Golf Club (1997-2000), the tournament moved across town to Crestview Country Club, the only 36-hole facility in Wichita. This is the 12th straight year in which Crestview is hosting. The first seven years of the tournament were held at Reflection Ridge Golf Club.

Last year, Mathew Goggin birdied the final hole to hold off Kyle Thompson and win. Goggin posted rounds of 66-65-66-69 to end at 18-under-par 266. The victory was his second of 2011 and fourth of his career on the circuit.

Goggin is not on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 3rd on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list. Goggin is struggling this year, having made only four cuts in 12 events. His best finish was a tie for 35th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Goggin is currently 186th on the PGA Tour money list.

In 2010, Jhonattan Vegas fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to capture his first Nationwide Tour victory. Vegas finished four rounds on the Crestview course with a 20-under 264, beating 54-hole leader Roberto Castro by one shot. Vegas started the final round six shots behind Castro.

In 2008, Scott Piercy fired rounds of 64-62-65-71 to win by two shots over Hunter Haas, Spencer Levin and Daniel Summerhays. Piercy finished at 22-under- par 262, setting new 36-hole (126), 54-hole (191) and 72-hole records. Ben Crane previously held the tournament record of 263 set in 2000.

In 2007, Brad Elder fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to win for the second time at this event. He also won it in 1999. Elder, who won for the third time on the Nationwide Tour, completed his four-stroke victory at 19- under-par 265. Elder's four-shot win over Fabian Gomez was the largest in tournament history.

David Duval, Tom Lehman, David Toms and Crane are just some of the past winners of this event. When Duval won, he became the youngest player to win on the Nationwide Tour at 21 years, nine months old. That record was broken in 2007 when 19-year-old Jason Day won the Legend Financial Group Classic. In the 22-year history of this event, Lehman and Eric Hoos are the only winners who have gone wire-to-wire to capture it. When Crane won the 2000 title, he became the 12th Monday qualifier to reach the winner's circle.

Five of the 22 Wichita Opens have been decided by a playoff. Twelve Wichita Opens have been decided by one shot, two by two shots, two years by a three-stroke margin and one by four shots.

The Nationwide Tour moves to Indiana next week for the inaugural United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh.

06/19 16:37:02 ET

As of June 19, 2012, at 04:37 PM ET

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