Wichita, KS: Professionals Jeremy Paul and William Kropp will be joined by amateurs Will Zalatoris and Cameron Champ in this year’s field as sponsor exemptions for the Air Capital Classic June 15-18. Crestview Country Club will host the Air Capital Classic for the 17th consecutive year.
Paul left school early back in April to turn pro in time for the United leasing & Finance Championship. The University of Colorado senior departed college golf because he earned limited status on the Web.com Tour after making it to the final stage of the 2016 Q-School. Paul is from Frankfurt, Germany and represented Germany at the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship. While competing for Colorado, Paul won three college tournaments and holds school records for lowest career stroke average, lowest stroke average in a season, most rounds in the 60’s and consecutive rounds under par.
Kropp has limited status on the Web.com Tour, while making it to the final stage of the 2016 Q-School. His first professional win came at the 2013 OK Kids Korral Championship on the Adams Tour. His second win was at the Abierto del Centro in Argentina on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, beating hometown hero and major champion, Angel Cabrera down the final stretch of the tournament.
Zalatoris, from Wake Forest, comes to Wichita after accomplishing a rare feat of being a repeat winner of the Trans-Miss Championship last summer, while also winning the crown in 2014. He had a successful summer in 2016. In addition to his repeat win at the Trans-Miss Championship, Zalatoris won the Pacific Coast Amateur, represented the United States on the Palmer Cup Team and made it to the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur. He also received an exemption to play in last year’s AT&T Byron Nelson Classic and was named a Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist.
This spring, Zalatoris lead Wake Forest in stroke average at 70.0. He won the General Hackler Championship, has recorded three second place finishes and three other top-10’s.
Champ, from Texas A & M, won the prestigious Patriot All-America Invitational in 2016 to solidify his sponsor exemption. It took extra holes as Champ won the event on the second playoff hole against Oklahoma State’s Zachary Olsen. The Patriot All-America Invitational features only the top collegiate golfers from all NCAA divisions. This spring Champ is ranked 22nd in the Golfweek NCAA Division I individual rankings. He has two wins this season.
The Air Capital Classic Ambassador program encourages and provides a way for its members to get involved by:
- Raising Charitable Donations for Local and National Organizations
- Improving the Overall Quality and Success of the Event
- Stabilizing the Tournament’s Future
The 2017 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 16 years—Crestview Country Club—from June 8th to June 18th, with competition rounds from the 15th to the 18th. Since the inception of the Air Capital Classic Ambassadors, $650,000 has been raised for local charities.