FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WICHITA, Kan. – Nine additional Wichita businesses have committed to become Air Capital Classic Ambassadors.
The newest Air Capital Classic Ambassadors are:
Roy Turner, Air Capital Classic Tournament Director, says, “Things are looking good. The response of the community has been fantastic and we are working on finalizing commitments”.
A community-based sponsorship program has generated more than $200,000 in pledged support for Wichita’s annual professional golf tournament, but its director says approximately $70,000 more is needed in the next three weeks to secure its immediate future.
Air Capital Classic director Roy Turner emailed the tournament’s board of directors Monday with an update on the Air Capital Ambassadors, a program introduced this year to offset the loss of longtime tournament title sponsor Preferred Health Systems. Turner also mentioned Oct. 1 as a key date for determining whether the Web.com Tour event at Crestview Country Club will observe its 25th consecutive year in Wichita.
“We still need 5 Ambassadors for two years to make our aggressive 2014-15 budget,” Turner said in the email. “Our fiscal year ends on October 1st, as does our cash flow.
“We have prospects and we continue to wait on answers.”
WICHITA, Kan. - Go Wichita, The Appearance Group/Air Capital Interiors and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have committed to become Air Capital Classic Ambassadors.
Robin Jennison, Secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says, "The Air Capital Classic is a premiere sporting event for Kansas. We are pleased to partner with the organizers in showcasing our state’s fine golfing opportunities, hospitality and scenic beauty for the thousands of spectators, PGA golfers and staff that will attend the tournament."
The Air Capital Classic Ambassador program provides a way for community and business leaders to assist in diversifying and solidifying the future of the Air Capital Classic.
"Go Wichita has proudly sponsored this golf tournament for more than a decade and we are proud to be an Ambassador sponsor for the next two years. The Air Capital Classic is not only a wonderful event for our community but also provides a reason for out-of-towners to visit Wichita and experience the quality events and attractions we provide, says Susie Santo, President and CEO of Go Wichita.
"This is great news", says Roy Turner, Air Capital Classic Tournament Director.
Wichita Eagle - Scholfield Honda has joined seven other Wichita community leaders and made a two-year commitment to the Air Capital Classic Ambassador program.
"The Scholfield Auto Group has been a proud sponsor for many years and Scholfield Honda proudly joins with our other stores to help support a great community event." says Roger Scholfield, president of Scholfield Honda. “As an Ambassador Sponsor, we're privileged to be a partner in this prestigious sporting event. As a personal member of the host club, Crestview Country Club, I join the many members and members of the community who help make this the premier stop on the tour". “
We welcome Roger Scholfield as our challenge continues” says Roy Turner, Air Capital Classic Tournament Director.
Wichita Eagle Editorial
The Air Capital Classic is a class act that enriches Wichita’s quality of life and economy and deserves to extend its long, successful run. Now, sponsors should step forward to help secure that future.
Tournament director Roy Turner and board co-chairman Jack Pelton are meeting with business and community leaders about an ambassador program aimed at diversifying financial and charitable support for the weeklong event, which is on the Web.com Tour and one of four tournaments that have existed throughout the 24-year history of the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit.