Wichita’s Web.com Tour event, previously known as the Air Capital Classic, announced recently that the tournament will be rebranded as The Wichita Open, effective immediately. In addition to the new name and tournament logo, the event also announced a five-year contract extension with the PGA TOUR and host Crestview Country Club.
“We are very excited to return to The Wichita Open name. It takes us back to our roots, but even more importantly, it recognizes the ongoing support from our community, our major sponsors and Ambassadors who make it possible for us to host an event that Wichita takes great pride in,” said Tournament Director Roy Turner. “We feel it is time to return the tournament name to the city and join the groundswell of civic pride that we’re experiencing in Wichita. We look forward to great opportunities ahead over these next five years.”
The tournament also announced a five-year extension with the PGA TOUR and Crestview Country Club, which has served as host venue of The Wichita Open over the last 17 years. With the announcement, The Wichita Open is secured through 2022.
“We are excited for today’s extension announcement, as well as the tournament rebranding of The Wichita Open,” said Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. “The greater Wichita community has supported this tournament since 1990, and it’s incredible to see the effort put forth by this team to create one of the Web.com Tour’s premier events, and one our players enjoy annually, as evidenced by the fact it won the Outstanding Achievement award for 2017. It’s tremendous to watch that momentum continue for this event and we are excited for the future of The Wichita Open.”
The tournament’s longevity is a direct result of the support of a diverse mix of industries that have proven their commitment to the well-being and growth of the community. The sponsorship model of the tournament is unique, and the Ambassador program has been foundational to the ongoing success of the golf tournament. Today, The Wichita Open stands as one of the Web.com Tour’s original four events dating back to the inaugural 1990 season, with $825,000 generated for local charities during that span.
Since 1990, The Wichita Open has produced four winners who have gone on to claim major championships, including Tom Lehman (1990), David Duval (1993), David Toms (1995) and Jason Dufner (2001). The tournament’s 2017 edition was won by 2016 NCAA Champion Aaron Wise, who is currently a rookie on the PGA TOUR.