MIAMI – The Buffalo Run – Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon Casinos Classic will have a new wrinkle for the players.
New to the Adams Pro Tour for 2014, players who fall within one stroke of the cut line following the second round of play get another crack at sticking around for the final two days of competition thanks to “Own the Second Shot at making the cut.”
“It’s a very unique thing we started this year,” Kris Neal, tournament director of the Adams Pro Tour, said during a press conference Friday to announce the dates for the local tournament.
The second annual Buffalo Run – Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon Casinos Classic will be held June 11-14 at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.
“After the cut on Thursday, whoever is one shot off the cut number, we allow them to come back out and shoot for closest to the hole,” Neal said. According to the Tour’s website, the number of spots available is determined by the number of players making the initial cut line. Since the tour plays twosomes on the final two days, the total number of players will be even during the final two rounds.
If 44 players made the initial cut line, two additional spots will be available. If 45 was the initial cut line, then three additional spots will be available.
“We are very excited about it,” Neal said. “Normally anyone who would be going home will have one shot to get one more shot.”
Mark Walker won the inaugural Adams Pro Tour event here, posting rounds of 69, 68 and 68 during the first three rounds.
He then scorched the Peoria Ridge Golf Course on Saturday with an 8-under 64 and rallied to claim his second win of the season.
Walker, from Hurst, Texas, won by three strokes over third-round leader Shawn Jasper of Marthasville, Mo., who finished with a 17-under 271. Walker pocketed $15,000 for his efforts.
The tournament’s title sponsors are the Buffalo Run Casino and Resort, owned by the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, and the Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon Casinos, owned by the Miami Nation of Oklahoma.
That’s not the only new wrinkle for 2014: the tour has a new name.
The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series has been shortened to Adams Pro Tour.
“We’ve re-logoed everything and its way simpler to say,” Neal said. “We went off the new Adams Golf logo as well.”
The Adams Pro Tour, in operation since 1994, is a subsidiary of K&G Sports LLC.
It partners with local non-profits to conduct professional golf tournaments in the mid-south region of the U.S. In addition to raising thousands of dollars each year for charity, these events provide an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the PGA Tour.
Bubba Watson, who picked up his second Masters victory last month, is among the Adams Pro Tour alumni who have moved on to the PGA Tour.
Other APT alum who have won PGA Tour events are J.L. Lewis, Tim Herron, Cameron Beckman, and Ryan Palmer.
“We’ve had a good season so far,” Neal said. “Our field sizes have been from 100 to 130. Our max is 132. We filled up our first two events at 120 with a waiting list.”
Englishman Kelvin Day is the tour’s money leader thus far with $26,722.50.
He won last week’s Merrill Lynch Open benefiting MBP/Our Lady of Lake at Baton Rouge, La., and shared second at the Bob White Rentals Victoria Open at Victoria, Texas.
Bobby Massa of Tyler, Texas, is second at $24,125 and Ryan O’Rear of Belton, Texas, is third at $22,291.67. Walker is currently 14th.
Annette Black again will serve as the tournament director and the Northeastern A&M Development Foundation will again be the tournament’s charity beneficiary.