“The Wichita Open gets bigger and better every year”, said Roy Turner, Tournament Director.  Turner added, “Welcome and thank you to Fee Insurance and Keystone Solid Surfaces for joining our exclusive Ambassador group.  The commitment of our Ambassadors makes the he Wichita Open unique on the PGA TOUR.  The Ambassadors represent a community that supports an event that raises significant local charity dollars with an economic impact of $7.5M”.

“Fee Insurance Group is thrilled to be a part of such a great Wichita community event.   We are invested in Wichita and appreciate the opportunity to give back and invest in one of Wichita’s premier events.   The Wichita Open supports local charities, has a large economic impact on Wichita and provides a great networking opportunity.  We are honored to be an Ambassador for the Wichita Open and to be a part of such an outstanding group of people,” said Allen Fee, CEO of Fee Insurance Group.

Fee Insurance Group was founded in 1883 on the premise that families and businesses deserve a trusted partner to advise them on the risks they face. Together with individuals, organizations and communities, we look ahead to help protect the people, places and things they love.  We pride ourselves in intimately knowing our client’s industry.  Our intention is to offer creative insurance and risk management solutions that bring value to their organization.

Keystone Solid Surfaces is the premier residential and commercial fabricator and installer of Quartz, Granite, and Solid Surfaces in Kansas. Keystone’s state of the art fabrication facility, showroom, and great employees are why they have experienced tremendous growth in our industry. They serve the best customers and enjoy the team-oriented approach that allows them the ability to achieve countertops that are to focal point of many homes and businesses. They are proud of their city and look forward to continued growth and being able to make Wichita better for teams and future generations.

Cyle Barnwell, Keystone Solid Surfaces CFO said, “It’s truly an honor to be able to join the list of Ambassadors for the Wichita Open. As a Wichita business, we care deeply about the community and are excited to partner with the Wichita Open to support our city and the many local charities that benefit from this wonderful golf tournament.

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 2022 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 22 years—Crestview Country Club—from June  9 to June  19, with competition rounds from the 16th to the 19th   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors,   close to $2M  has been donated to local charities.

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WICHITA, KS. – Harry Hall gave his dad quite the early birthday present Sunday. Hall’s father will celebrate his birthday Monday, but the two can bask in the radiance of his son’s first Korn Ferry Tour victory on Father’s Day. Making his 22nd career start, Hall held off late charges by several players and won the Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics by a stroke with a 20-under 260.

“I just can’t wait to speak to my family,” said Hall, who hasn’t seen his parents in 18 months. “This is awesome. I’m actually supposed to be going home after Maine next week to try to qualify for the Open (Championship). I’m going to go home and can’t wait to share the moment with them. I wish they were here. To be honest, mom and dad have never actually watched me play a professional event in America. Dad has only watched me play once in America for the last six years. I can’t wait for them to come over the first chance they get.”

The 23-year-old Englishman’s final-round 3-under 67 was enough to finish one shot ahead of Curtis Thompson, who left a birdie putt roughly three feet short at the par-4 18th. At the time Thompson’s putt to reach 20-under came up short, he was two shots behind Hall.

Hall, a Korn Ferry Tour rookie, opened the day with four consecutive birdies to reach 21-under par, but brought a litany of players back into contention with bogeys at Nos. 6 and 10. Birdies at the par-5 14th and par-4 16th put Hall back in the driver’s seat, though by that time 2016 Wichita Open champion Ollie Schniederjans moved within a stroke of his lead.

As Hall bogeyed the par-3 17th and lost the outright lead, Schniederjans sliced his drive out of bounds on the 18th and made double bogey. While Hall focused on the next shot, his caddie kept an eye on the chaos which transpired on the leaderboards.

“Ben (his caddie) did a great job… so I knew where I was all day,” said Hall, whose previous career-high finish on Tour was a T2 at the 2020 Memorial Health Championship presented by LRS. “That was big, because I remember when I came second last year, I was leading coming down the last hole and I had no idea where I was. That would’ve influenced how I approached the green. This time, I knew, and I hit the shots I needed to.”

Hall piped his drive down the 18th fairway, knocked his approach to 40 feet and two-putted for the win. It was Hall’s first victory of any kind since October 2018, when he won the Little Rock Invitational as a senior at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

“I’ve actually never been a winner, to be honest,” said Hall, a two-time medalist and 2019 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year at UNLV. “I’ve always been a consistent top-10er, even throughout college. To get a win is fantastic, especially at this level. It’s pretty hard to do.”

Hall, who wore a black and gold outfit in honor of his home county, Cornwall, England, began the 2020-21 season with conditional status. And Hall’s first start was not until the Korn Ferry Tour returned from the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus at the Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass in mid-June. He earned a spot in the field via a 4-for-3 playoff at the event’s Monday qualifier.

Roughly a year after that Monday qualifier kickstarted Hall’s professional career, Sunday’s victory takes him from 83rd to 36th in the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour points standings. Instead of battling for a spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals down the closing stretch of the regular season, Hall can now contend for a PGA TOUR card.

Hall isn’t getting that far ahead, though.

“My goal is to survive tonight and tee it up Thursday, and hit that next tee shot.”

The Korn Ferry Tour has announced it will significantly increase its purses over the next two seasons.

The Wichita Open purse will increase from $600,000 to $750,000 in 2022. In 2023, the purse will be $1 Million. When founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour (1990-92), the Korn Ferry Tour featured a total purse of $3 million across 30 total events, averaging $100,000 per tournament. The purse increases were originally planned for 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minimum figure for Korn Ferry Tour regular-season purses will increase by $150,000 to $750,000 in 2022. In 2023, the minimum will rise another $250,000 to $1 million, a 66.7 percent increase over two years. Each of the three events in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals currently features a $1 million purse this season. In 2023, the purse for all three will increase to $1.5 million.

“It feels good that Wichita will host a $1 million tournament. The Wichita Open has come a long way these past years and is yet another milestone, said Wichita Open Tournament director Roy Turner.

“The Korn Ferry Tour continues to play a massive role in delivering a pipeline of future stars to the PGA Tour on a consistent basis. Today’s announcement is another step in ensuring the Tour will continue to attract the best young talent while providing higher-quality playing opportunities for the entire membership,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin.

The Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics will be returning to Crestview Country Club the week of June 14 – 20th.

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 the Korn Ferry Tour’s Tournament of the Year in 2019.

Southwestern Electrical is a Wichita Open Ambassador. 

With their addition, the Wichita Open has the most ambassadors since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassador program in 2013.

“Southwestern Electrical has supported our event since our arrival at Crestview in 2001,” said Roy Turner, Tournament Director.  We are honored that they have chosen to step into the role of Ambassador.  “Their addition is a milestone in our Ambassador program”.

“Southwestern Electrical Company is thrilled to support our local market as an Ambassador for the Wichita Open. We have been headquartered right here in Wichita, KS since 1908.   So it only makes sense to partner up with the Wichita Open to support local charities,” said Aaron Drake, President of Southwestern Electrical Co., Inc. “We are excited to see the positive impact that the Wichita Open brings to our community and are proud to be part of the team!  We have grown into the largest Electrical Contractor in the Wichita area and are the oldest licensed Electrical Contractor in the state of Kansas still in operation. This has been accomplished by the hard work of our employees and their commitment to quality and safety.”

Southwestern Electrical offers a wide variety of commercial and industrial design, installation and services including Electrical, voice, data, fiber optic, security cameras, access controls, audio visual, building automation and wireless network infrastructure installations. In addition, is committed to improving and advancing with the industry to offer its customers state of the art support with the latest technologies available.

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 Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics will be returning to Crestview Country Club the week of June 14 – 20th.

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 the Korn Ferry Tour’s Tournament of the Year in 2019.

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.

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Open announced today its event will be returning to Crestview Country Club the week of June 14 – 20th.

“We are fully ready to host the Tournament of the Year,” said Roy Turner, Tournament Director. “Sold out hospitality, a new charitable partner, a new major sponsor and a record number of ambassadors. It’s the best show in town.”

The tournament also announced a three-year partnership with KU Wichita Pediatrics to serve as the event’s charitable partner. The tournament will formally be renamed the Wichita Open benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics.

“We are thrilled to announce KU Wichita Pediatrics as the benefiting partner for the Wichita Open,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “The Korn Ferry Tour has an incredible 30-year history in Wichita, and with the support of KU Wichita Pediatrics, we’ll continue to help children in Kansas and make a lasting impact in the local community.”

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (KUSM-W), known as KU Wichita Pediatrics, is the region’s largest group of academic pediatric specialists and supports the state’s only training program for pediatricians. KU Wichita Pediatrics provides unique clinical services, teaching, child advocacy, medical leadership, and research, all focused on helping Kansas children achieve health and wellness.

“This is a natural partnership for us because we are both focused on supporting children”, describes Brian Pate, Chair of KU Wichita Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at KUSM-W. “Aligning the region’s premier pediatric team and sporting event supports KU Wichita Pediatrics’ mission to be “Together For Kansas Children. Forever.”

Additionally, Turner announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas joins Cox Communications and Hatchett Automotive as a major sponsor.

Two Wichita business leaders, Cornejo Corporation and Ashley HomeStore, have also become Wichita Open Ambassadors.

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.

For more information about the Wichita Open benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics, please visit www.Wichitaopen.com.

Ashley HomeStore is a Wichita Open Ambassador.

“We are excited to support the Wichita Open by becoming an Ambassador,” said Jordan Storey, Vice President of Wichita Furniture, Inc., parent company of the two Ashley HomeStore locations in Wichita. “We are truly honored to be able to give back. As we looked for charities in Wichita to support, we knew the Wichita Open had to be a part of our community involvement. There is a great need in Wichita to support local children’s charities and the Wichita Open does exactly that, and also provides positive economic impact. We are thrilled about the opportunity to join The Wichita Open Ambassadors.”

Ashley HomeStore is no stranger to supporting local children and charities in need. Their “Hope to Dream” program has provided hundreds of mattress sets to less fortunate children in Wichita. A portion of the proceeds for every mattress purchased at participating Ashley HomeStore’s helps pay for a mattress set for a child in need. Since its inception, more than 100,000 children across the country ranging in age from 3-16 years old, have received a brand new bed.

Ashley HomeStore provides an amazing selection of home furnishings and industry-leading values that translate into real savings and a new level of convenience for our customers. Ashley HomeStore is a brand name that people have come to trust. This trust has led to its growth into the #1 selling furniture and mattress store brand in the world.

Ashley HomeStore joins 36 other ambassadors.

“We welcome the Storey Family, Wichita Furniture, Inc. and Ashley HomeStore to our group of ambassadors and appreciate their commitment to the Wichita Open and the City of Wichita”, Roy Turner, Tournament Director said. “Our ambassador group supplies the support that has allows us to grow.

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 2oth. Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors, close to $1.5M has been donated to local charities.

WICHITA, Kansas – Jared Wolfe survived a windy final round at Crestview Country Club to earn his second Korn Ferry Tour title of the season at the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth. The 32-year-old carded a final-round 71 to finish the week at 16-under 264. Taylor Pendrith finished solo-second at 15-under 265.

“It’s huge,” Wolfe said of his win. “I feel like I’ve been playing great all year. These last six or seven events, I’ve been playing good and just had a couple of bad holes here and there. To pull through today was pretty cool.”

Wolfe, who began the final round with a three-stroke lead, stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on the par-4 first dropping his lead to one. Despite the setback, he settled into the round carding five consecutive pars on Nos. 2-6 maintaining the lead. As he played the par-4 seventh, the weather began to turn as rain and heavy winds delayed play for an hour and 18 minutes.

“That was incredible,” he said of the weather. “Whatever hit with that wind and everything came out of nowhere. I tried to just stay calm and relax.”

Battling difficult conditions as players returned to the course, Wolfe remained steady keeping his lead after pars on Nos. 7-13.

Pendrith, who played in the final group with Wolfe, made the turn two strokes off the lead. On the par-3 12th, he converted his second birdie of the round to reach 15-under and pull within one.

Entering the final stretch with a one-stroke advantage, Wolfe drained a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th to give himself a three-stroke lead with four holes to play.

Immediately after the eagle, Wolfe dropped a shot with his second bogey of the day on the par-4 15th. As Wolfe moved back to 17-under, Pendrith tallied his third birdie of the day on No. 15 to cut the lead to one. Both Wolfe and Pendrith dropped a shot on the par-4 16th, giving Wolfe a one-stroke lead with two holes to play.

After both players made par on No. 17, Wolfe teed off on the 72nd hole with a one-stroke advantage. After his approach shot came up short of the green, Pendrith stuck his second shot to within 15-feet leaving himself a chance for birdie. Despite his best effort, Pendrith’s putt slid past the hole leaving him a short par putt. With the tournament on the line, Wolfe converted his up-and-down and secured his second win of the season.

“Taylor (Pendrith) was playing some great golf,” Wolfe said. “Him and I were going back-and-forth which made it a lot of fun. I’ve known Taylor for a while, and he’s been so close all year too. It was just a fun day.”

With the win, Wolfe moved to fourth on the season-long Korn Ferry Tour points list and is one win away from the three-win “Battlefield Promotion” to the PGA TOUR. The feat has only been accomplished 11 times in the Tour’s history, most recently by Wesley Bryan in 2016. The Murray State University product joined Davis Riley as the only players to win twice on Tour this season.

“I’m going to go home and celebrate with my daughter and my wife,” Wolfe said. “My parents are in town too so; I get to hang out with them for a day. Then, it’s off to Savannah and we’ll try to go get (win) number three.”

Pendrith’s runner-up was good for his fourth second-place finish of the season. With the result, he moved to second on the Korn Ferry Tour points list but is still in search of his first Korn Ferry Tour victory.

Next week, the Korn Ferry Tour travels to Savannah, Georgia, for the Savannah Golf Championship.

The Wichita Open announced today that the 2020 event will be contested without spectators due to the evolving dynamics with the COVID-19 pandemic. The longstanding Korn Ferry Tour tournament, which has been held annually at Crestview Country Club since 2001, will be played as scheduled, September 24-27.

“Our priority is, and always will be, to do what is best for the community,” said Tournament Director Roy Turner. “After many hours of discussion and research, the PGA TOUR and the Wichita Open have decided that the 2020 event will take place with the following changes:

  • The event will be played without spectators.
  • All Pro-ams and golf events will take place as scheduled.

The tournament will continue to work closely with the PGA TOUR, as well as local, state and federal agencies to ensure the well –being of all who are allowed onsite during tournament week.” The Wichita Open will be contacting all sponsors, including its 36 Ambassadors, with regard to their support and plans for the future.

Next year’s event will take place June 14 – 20.

The Auggie Navarro Scholarship Foundation and Central Power Systems and Services are Wichita Open Ambassadors.  They join 34 other Ambassadors making the 2020 Wichita Open Ambassador group the largest number of Ambassadors in the Wichita Open’s history.

“We are honored and humbled to work with a record-breaking number of community leaders in 2020, during one of the most unsettling environments in our history”, according to Roy Turner, Wichita Open Tournament Director.

Through the Auggie Navarro Scholarship Foundation, a newly formed tax exempt 501 C3 and with the assistance of MV Purchasing as presenting sponsor, money is raised annually to fund scholarships for junior golfers at the Auggie Navarro Golf Outing.   This year, the event will be held in a partnership with the Wichita Open on Sunday, September 20. “My dad’s legacy lives on in this event.  Auggie lived his life trying to be the best in every endeavor; we welcome the opportunity to elevate the tournament that honors him by our association with the PGA TOUR and the Wichita Open”, said Rick Navarro, Vice President, Terminals & Land Development, for MV Purchasing.  The event honors the memory of Auggie Navarro.  Navarro was a life time member of the PGA of America and a member of the South Central Section. He was the head golf pro for 30 years at Sim Park G.C.  In Wichita, KS. Navarro was one of the first Wichita golf Pro’s to join forces with Marge Page to form The Wichita Jr Golf Program. Over his 30 year history, Navarro mentored thousands of junior golfers every Monday throughout the summer months.

Central Power Systems & Services, founded in 1954 is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products and services for data centers, power generation, oil and gas, construction, mining, military, marine, and agricultural industries. Central Power serves domestic and international markets with teams trained to provide support for customer’s needs.  “We are proud to partner with this community event that brings together the Wichita community and regional businesses for a great week of fun and PGA Tour golf, said Josh Brown, Central Power Rental Manager, “while also supporting local charities.”

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 2020 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 20 years—Crestview Country Club—from September 17 to September 27, with competition rounds from the 24th to the 27th.   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors,   close to $1.5M has been donated to local charities.