Newton Kansan

WICHITA — With a one-hole lead and nine holes to play, Scott Parel was able to pull away to win the Air Capital Classic Sunday at the Crestview Country Club in Wichita.

Parel shot a 64 on his final round for a four-day total of 266, 18-under par.

In the final round, Parel fired a birdie on 13 and hit a 45-foot eagle putt on 14. He finished with a birdie on 15.

“All week long over longer putts I felt like I could make them,” Parel said. “From 20 feet and out I felt like I really had the speed and could really see the line.”

A native of Augusta, Ga., Parel attended the University of Georgia, but didn't play there. He turned pro in 1996 and claims his first Tour title. He's played five PGA Tour events in his career.

Parel's payday of $117,000 moves him from 153rd to 14th in the tour standings. The top 25 at the end of the season earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2014 season.

“Obviously I’m playing well now,” he said. “My goal now is to climb up there as high as I can and a win is a good start toward it.”

At age 48, Parel is the fourth oldest winner of a tour event

Parel beat Alex Aragon of San Diego by three strokes. Aragon moved to third on the standings. Aragon is close to clinching a PGA Tour card.

“I knew a second or third would lock it up,” he said. “To do it this early in the season is awesome because that means I can pick and choose where I play the rest of the season.”

Alex Prugh, the first-round leader, finished third with a 13 under 271.

Camilio Benedetti, Franlink Corpening and Steve Wheatcroft all tied for fourth with a 12 under 272.

Jace Long finished the tournament with a 67 in the final round, tying for seventh in his professional debut.

A recent University of Missouri grad, Long qualified for the tournament at the Sand Creek Station open qualifier. His finish allows him to skip the qualifying round of this week's Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., and go straight to Thursday's main draw.

“It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course,” Long said. “It’s been one of the best weeks of my life.”