Padgett forfeits high school golf for US Open

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Maize South senior Wells Padgett took a controversial stance Wednesday, when he elected to play in the US Open local qualifier instead of his team's state tournament.

It's an ongoing debate with KSHSAA. Since Padgett participated in the local qualifier, it is considered a professional move and he forfeits his ability to play high school golf for the remainder of the season.

He said he's frustrated with KSHSAA.

"I feel like all of us Kansas high school golfers should be able to play in a tournament like this and be able to compete in our high school tournaments as well," he said. "It just doesn't make sense at all. The rule makes zero sense. It gives us a disadvantage, especially from kids in other states. They have the advantage because they get to do that. It just sucks for all of us."

Padgett finished tied for 15th with a 77. He averages a 70 for the year on an 18-hole course.

Padgett said he will continue to play in pro and amateur tours throughout the summer to improve his world ranking before starting at Auburn this fall.