Pro golfers tee off at Firekeeper Classic

MAYETTA, Kan. – For the second year in a row nearly 100 professional golfers on the Adams Golf Pro Tour descend upon Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta.

The lone amateur player in the tournament is Brian Walker. The 2013 Washburn graduate and former Hayden Wildcat is more than familiar with Firekeeper.

“It’s kind of cool to be the only amateur out there,” Walker said. “This is a course that you really have to be patient on. You can’t get ahead of yourself, or look ahead to any holes, because there’s trouble on every hole out there.”

Favorable weather conditions are predicted for most of the week. The Adams Golf Pro Tour couldn’t have come at a better time.

“What was exciting was that I heard nothing but good things about it coming in,” Adams Golf Pro Tour director Kris Neal said. “The golf course is in great shape. They’ve done a great job. It’s a great track.”

Dillon Rust is the current money leader on the tour. He also comes into this week having won two straight events. It was the first time in the past eight years that someone captured victories at back-to-back tournaments.

But for amateurs like Walker, it’s a great chance to push their game to the next level.

“It’s a great opportunity for them, because when they do become pro, they already have that tournament experience under them,” Neal said.

Last year’s winner shot 15-under par, but he’s not here this year, which means on Friday a new champion will be crowned.

“Just stay patient and kind of play my own game,” Walker said. “I’m sure there’s going to be people hitting it farther than me, and maybe putting better. I think I can compete with these guys, and that’s my goal. Just make the cut and see what happens from there.”

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