Berry Companies, Inc. and Cornejo Corporation join other community leaders as Wichita Open Ambassadors.

Berry Companies, Inc. and Cornejo Corporation are Wichita Open Ambassadors.

“It is with great pride that I announce the addition of these two Wichita community icons with over 120 combined years in Wichita,” said Roy Turner, Tournament Director.  Turner added, “They now join 37 other business leaders who have chosen to support our event and the youth of Wichita”.

“Cornejo is honored to be an Ambassador for the Wichita Open. As a Wichita-founded business, we are always looking for new ways to give back to the community that helped us grow into what we are today. Many of our current charitable partnerships are focused on the youth of Wichita and so it just made sense for us to connect with the Wichita Open and to embrace this opportunity to help so many more children in the greater Wichita area. We are eager to begin our partnership with the Wichita Open Ambassadors and bring more hope and joy to children in need.” said Cornejo & Sons LLC President Pat Short.

Founded in Wichita in 1952 by the Cornejo family, Cornejo & Sons quickly set the standard for quality, customer service, and excellence in the construction industry. After being acquired in 2010, that legacy continued under the leadership of Summit Materials, an international building materials company. Today, Cornejo remains a market leader, providing quality materials and work for our community and our state. We specialize in aggregates, stone and gravel, ready mix and asphalt production and paving, recycling and landfill. We take great pride in our contributions to our community and are determined to continue improving and advancing our industry.

Berry Companies, Inc. is a family owned and operated company headquartered in Wichita, KS.  We have eight divisions across eight states that offer sales, rental and support of compact and large construction equipment plus a full line of material handling and warehouse solutions.  Berry’s Wichita-based businesses include Berry Tractor, Berry Material Handling and White Star Machinery and features premier brands including Komatsu, Hyster-Yale and Bobcat machines and equipment.

Greg Joerg, Berry Industries Inc Chief Financial Officer, said “Throughout Berry’s decades-long growth and diversification, we’ve remained a family company where customers and employees come first. Our mission includes choosing what’s right over what’s profitable and recognizing this family-first approach as a key to our success.  Berry Companies is proud to be an Ambassador for the Wichita Open and have the opportunity to support the efforts of KU Wichita Pediatrics in serving children in our community”

The Wichita Open Ambassador program encourages and provides a way for its members to get involved by:

  • Raising Charitable Donations for Local and National Organizations
  • Improving the Overall Quality and Success of the Event
  • Stabilizing the Tournament’s Future

The 2021 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 21 years—Crestview Country Club—from June 10 to June 20, with competition rounds from the 17th to the 20th   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors,   over $1.5M has been donated to local charities.

The Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics is a 72-hole competition featuring 156 players from around the world. Debuting in 1990, the tournament is one of four original tour stops that remain on the current schedule. The event has been played at Crestview Country Club since 2000. The event was named the Korn Ferry Tour’s Tournament of the Year in 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2020 and 2021 seasons combined as a one-time, wraparound season due to prior event cancellations. The newly created 2020-21 schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.