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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Prugh eight under to open Classic

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  • WICHITA — Alex Prugh of Spokane, Wash., played a bogey-free round to finish with an eight-under par 63 and take a two-stroke lead in the first round of the Air Capital Classic Thursday at the Crestview Country Club in Wichita. Prugh had birdies on hole three, six, seven, 14, 15 and 16. He finished the round with an eagle three on 18.
    The 2007 graduate of the University of Washington has one career win on the web.com Tour and has played 58 events on the PGA Tour with career winnings of more than $1.5 million.
    After missing the cut on five of his first web.com Tour events this season, he has made three straight cut, finishing tied for second three weeks ago at the Mexico Championship and tied for sixth two weeks ago at the Mid-Atlantic Championship.
    “The wind was a little weird,” Prugh said. “We seemed to have a lot of crosswinds and we were getting a few gusts here and there. But I figured out early that it wasn’t enough wind to affect the ball a lot.”
    Prugh saved a par on his first hole of the day, which he credited for setting the tone for the day.
    “Sometimes those hard pars are just as good as birdies,” Prugh said. “It’s the start of the week, you need to get off to a good start, and fortunately I did.”
    Mike Laverly of Fountain Valley, Calif., is second at 65. He also played a bogey-free round with six birdies.
    “I did a lot of practice chipping out of that rough and it really paid off,” Laverly said. “Every time I hit it in there I hit a pretty good shot and got it up and down.”
    Three players were tied for third at 66 — Eric Axley of Knoxville, Tenn., Jason Gore of Valencia, Calif., and Wichita State grad Dustin Garza, who overcame a double bogey and a bogey with six birdies and an eagle on 18.
    Seven players are four strokes back at four under.
    The second round begins at 6:55 a.m. today. At the end of the round, the field of 156 will be cut to the top 60 including ties.
     
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