PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The PGA TOUR today announced the 2016 Web.com Tour schedule, which features 25 tournaments, played in 15 states and five countries outside the United States, and culminates with the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September and October.
The season-long chase for 50 available PGA TOUR cards encompasses a 21-event Regular Season that runs from next week’s season-opening Panama Claro Championship in late January through the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Nabisco in late August and will end at the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. the week of October 3-9.
Ten events will air on Golf Channel in the United States, including all four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments. The Web.com Tour will be seen in 180 other countries and territories, reaching a potential 300 million households across 35 channels outside the United States via the PGA TOUR’s international broadcasting operation.
“Entering our fourth year of the Web.com Tour serving as the primary path to the PGA TOUR, we are seeing the positive impact that the scheduling changes have had on the development of the next generation of TOUR stars,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Three of the first four events in the 2015-16 TOUR season were won by players who competed in the Web.com Tour Finals, which continue to provide a dramatic ending to an exciting Regular Season for our fans.”
Wichita, KS: Newest Air Capital Classic Ambassador is Linen King
Linen King joins 20 business and community leaders to become the newest Air Capital Classic Ambassador.
Linen King, founded in 1999 and based in Tulsa, OK is a regional leader in healthcare laundry services. Linen King’s current regional footprint now includes more than 150,000 square feet in healthcare laundry facilities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas and they process more than 50 million pounds of healthcare laundry annually.
“Linen King is proud of its connection and relationship with the major healthcare facilities and hospitals in Wichita, KS and looks forward to its involvement in this premier event,” said Leonard McCullough, CEO of Linen King.
“We are honored to have Linen King, a regional leader in its field, join our other ambassadors and are thankful for their decision to become involved in our event,” Tournament Director Roy Turner said. The Air Capital Classic Ambassador program encourages and provides a way for its members to get involved by:
The 2016 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 15 years—Crestview Country Club—from June 16th to June 26th, with competition rounds from the 23rd to the 26th.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna, conducted annually at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan., was awarded with the Web.com Tour’s inaugural Best Pro-Am Experience Award at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Wednesday, December 2 in Miami, Fla.
“Pro-ams are such a key part of the Web.com Tour, as they allow our sponsors, fans and players to interact on a personal level that is unmatched in the realm of professional sports,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “I am honored to present the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna with our Best Pro-Am Experience Award. Roy Turner and his team did a wonderful job of making the annual Marge Page Pro-Am such a memorable experience for all who took part.”
The Pro-Am is named after Marge Page, who co-founded the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation in 1974 – a local initiative that has touched an estimated 26,000 kids in the area.
As the Web.com Tour event with the best pro-am experience, the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna delivered on a number of unique fronts, including:
“This award recognizes everyone whose efforts contribute to making our pro-am the event that it has become,” said Tournament Director Roy Turner, adding “thanks to all”.
The 2016 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna will return to Crestview Country Club on June 23-26.
WICHITA, Kan. - Key Construction has partnered with the Air Capital Classic and 20 other community and business leaders by becoming the organization’s latest ambassador.
“Key Construction is proud to have been involved with the Air Capital Classic for a number of years now,” said Executive Vice President Rick McCafferty of Key Construction. “We’re excited to step up our commitment to this event, as it helps secure future events and provides so many benefits to our community. We are excited for next summer’s event because year after year, it provides a fantastic entertainment venue for our customers and employees!”
The Air Capital Classic Ambassador program encourages and provides a way for its members to get involved by:
“We are honored to have Key Construction joining our other ambassadors and their involvement will be a great addition to the success of our event,” Tournament Director Roy Turner said.
The 2016 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 15 years - Crestview Country Club - from June 16th to June 26th, with competition rounds from the 23rd to the 26th.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - November 3, 2015 –Over the past six seasons, the Swing Thought Tour has secured more Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR event exemptions than any other tour in developmental golf. Today, that gap got even wider as the Swing Thought Tour announced they have been awarded an event exemption into the 2016 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. The Air Capital Classic will be held June 20-26 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. This marks the 6th year the Air Capital Classic has partnered with the Swing Thought Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters and eGolf Tours) to award the #3 developmental tour in the U.S.A. an event exemption. The Swing Thought Tour was awarded an exemption into the event from 2010 to 2013 as well as this past season. Although the Swing Thought Tour has been the leading developmental tour in receiving event exemptions since 2010, the Swing Thought Tour does not have any official affiliation with the PGA TOUR or Web.com Tour.
“The ultimate goal of the Swing Thought Tour has always been, and will always be, to help professional golfers achieve their dreams of playing at golf’s highest levels,” stated Swing Thought Tour president Robin L. Waters, PGA. “The game of golf is all about opportunities and the Air Capital Classic has been generous enough to provide this potentially life changing opportunity for one of our aspiring professional golfers. We’ve seen it several times before where one of our players gets into a Web.com Tour event, wins, and next thing you know they are competing on the PGA TOUR. We cannot thank the Air Capital Classic enough for providing this opportunity.”
The Air Capital Classic is one of four original Web.com Tour events that are still on the schedule. The Classic will embark on its 27th year at Crestview Country Club on Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th. Wichita was on the Tour’s first schedule in 1990 as one of 30 stops on what was then the Ben Hogan Tour.
Swing Thought Tour alum Rob Oppenheim won the event this year on his way to securing his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-2016 season. Fellow alums Scott Parel, Casey Wittenberg, Scott Piercy, Jeff Klauk, Tyler Williamson, David Toms and Tom Lehman join Oppenheim as past champions.
The event exemption into next year’s Air Capital Classic is the second so far to be awarded to the Swing Thought Tour for the next season. Georgia Tech alum J.T. Griffin won the tour’s exemption into next season’s Rex Hospital Open via his sponsor’s pro-am victory earlier this season.
The tour has been the industry leader in event exemptions, having received 44 since the start of the 2010 season and including three into PGA TOUR events; the 2012 & 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship. No other developmental tour has been anywhere close to the number awarded to the Swing Thought Tour in that time. The Tour received a record eleven exemptions for the 2015 season including: the Air Capital Classic: four into the BMW Pro-Am Championship, two into the Rex Hospital Open, and one each into the News Sentinel Open, the Utah Championship, the United Leasing Championship, and the Digital Ally Open. The Swing Thought Tour’s goal is to provide even more opportunities for the upcoming season.