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.

The Wichita Open, one of Korn Ferry Tour’s longest running tournaments, has been rescheduled to ensure the health and safety of participants. Originally set for June 11 – 21, the event will now be held September 17 – 27 at Crestview Country Club.

“My sincere thanks to the PGA TOUR, Crestview Country Club, sponsors, volunteers and vendors for their flexibility and support during this unprecedented time”, said Roy Turner, Wichita Open Tournament Director.

The new date allows the tournament to continue its legacy as one of the most anticipated events in Wichita and fulfill its mission of supporting local charities.

Turner added, “When we get through this, and I know we will, we can all look forward to the Wichita Open and make it a celebration of our lives returning to some semblance of normalcy.  As we host The Tournament of the Year, we will continue to raise money for local charities, watch great golf and have a damn good time doing it”.

All tickets purchased will be honored for the rescheduled date. Organizers will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and take all appropriate measures, as the tournament date approaches, to preserve the health and well-being of participants.

Additionally, The Korn Ferry Tour has announced additional modifications and details regarding the restart of the 2020 schedule and a fall calendar of events that will be part of a one-time, combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season.

The announcement of a fall schedule comes after the PGA TOUR announced last week that, due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation or postponement of 13 events from the 2019-20 TOUR Season, eligibility has been extended for exempt 2019-20 PGA TOUR members for the 2020-21 season. These adjustments will result in the Korn Ferry Tour not having a graduating class in 2020; however, the TOUR has established a performance benefit for the top 10 from the final Korn Ferry Tour points list following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Those players will be granted access into all PGA TOUR additional events for the 2020-21 season.

The newly created 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule that will bridge two seasons will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

With six events completed through the El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA, the remaining 2020 schedule – subject to change – now consists of 23 events. Korn Ferry Tour events to be contested in 2021 as part of the combined 2020-21 schedule will be announced later this year.

The restart to the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season will begin as previously announced with the Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The event will now be one of four new events in the first six weeks back to play that have been created by the Tour to make up for the cancelation or postponement of events affected by COVID-19.

For more information about the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth, please visit WichitaOpen.com.

J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. are Wichita Open Ambassadors.

 “We are excited to support the Wichita Open by becoming an Ambassador,” said Peggy Ward, President and CFO of J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.  “As a locally owned business since 1902, we like to be good stewards for local charities and local businesses.  The Wichita Open is all about supporting local children’s charities, providing positive economic impact, and creating countless networking opportunities for our associates and trade partners throughout the region we serve. We appreciate the opportunity to join this outstanding group.”

 J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.’s mission is to deliver excellence to customers and clients in their real estate transactions.  JP Weigand & Sons, Inc. is a full service real estate company offering real estate services in:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • New Homes
  • Relocation
  • Auction
  • REO

J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. joins 33 other ambassadors for the 2020 and 2021 event.

“We welcome J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. 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 allowed us to grow and be honored as the Korn Ferry Tournament of the Year.”

 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 June 11 to June 21, with competition rounds from the 18th to the 21st.   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors,   close to $1.5M has been donated to local charities.

2020 Wichita Open volunteer registration is open.  Over 500 volunteers are needed the week of June 15 as the Wichita Open, one of the longest running Korn Ferry Tour events, enters its 31st year.

 Online registration is available at http://www.wichitaopen.com/volunteers/. This year’s volunteer fee has been reduced to $30 and $5 of each volunteer fee will be donated to KU Wichita Pediatrics projects. KU Med Pediatrics is the 2020 Volunteer Sponsor.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Wichita Open”, Roy Turner, Tournament Director said. “Volunteers share camaraderie, make lifelong friendships, and help our tournament give back to  local charities.  Our volunteers supply the support that has allowed us to grow and be honored as the 2019 Korn Ferry Tournament of the Year.”

The 2020 event will be held at its reigning home for the last 20 years—Crestview Country Club—from June 11 to June 21, with competition rounds from the 18th to the 21st.   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors Program, close to $1.5M has been donated to local charities.

McCownGordon Construction and Splurge! Magazine are Wichita Open Ambassadors.

“We are so excited to support the Wichita Open by becoming an Ambassador, said Darin Headrick, Director of Project Development   “As we have looked for opportunities to support events and charities in Wichita, we knew the Open had to be a part of our portfolio.  The Wichita Open is all about support of local children’s charities, providing positive economic impact, and creating countless networking opportunities for our associates and trade partners throughout this region. We appreciate the opportunity to join this outstanding group.”

McCownGordon’s mission is to deliver the best building experience — for clients, industry partners, team and community — during every step of the process. Every project is viewed  through a customer-centric, future-focused lens that challenges employees to redefine the way they see, think and work when bringing  projects to life.

Splurge! Magazine also joins 31 other ambassadors for the 2020 and 2021 event.

“SPLURGE! Magazine is dedicated to helping non-profits in our community: according to Wendell Funk, President, Inspired Koncepts/SPLURGE! Magazine.  “Our readers are some of the most generous donors in the city of Wichita.  We are excited become an Ambassador and continue our support of The Wichita Open and this special event for our community.  SPLURGE! has been a proud supporter of The Wichita Open and host of SPLURGE! Night for the past 10 years.”

Splurge is the premier lifestyle, people and fashion magazine in Wichita.  It publishes on the first of every month.  Over 20,000 copies are delivered to over 150 strategic locations throughout Wichita with a readership of 85,000 people.  Splurge primarily targets the female and reaches an educated and upscale audience.  Splurge covers living, shopping, dining, playing and the home in Wichita.  Splurge is committed to quality content and design and enjoys featuring local and positive information about the Wichita community.  The magazine provides an excellent environment to serve our advertisers needs. 

 “We welcome McCownGordon and Splurge!  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 allowed us to grow and be honored as the Korn Ferry Tournament of the Year.”

 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 June 11 to June 21, with competition rounds from the 18th to the 21st.   Since the inception of the Wichita Open Ambassadors,   close to $1.5M has been donated to local charities.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — The Korn Ferry Tour honored the Wichita Open, at the PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Meetings on Wednesday, November 20 at TPC Sawgrass, with the annual season-ending Tournament Awards.

The Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth, one of the Tour’s original four events dating back to the inaugural 1990 season, claimed the prestigious honor of Tournament of the Year.

“We are thrilled to name the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth our 2019 Tournament of the Year,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “For 30 years, this event has helped to establish the foundation of success our Tour enjoys today, and Roy Turner and his team earned this tremendous honor by delivering what we considered to be the best week in tournament history.”

As the winner of the Tournament of the Year Award, the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth succeeded in putting forth a top-notch tournament on all applicable fronts, including:

  • Record fan attendance, including the highest ticket redemption rate of all time and marking a 10 percent increase over 2018. Tournament developed an enhanced social media campaign to amplify these results.
  • Record level of income generated, including a sold-out Pro-Am, sold-out 17th Coors Corner chalet and a 21 percent increase in tournament Ambassadors.
  • Successful 30th year campaign featuring a “Birthday Bash” on June 15, ceremonial tournament logo and a Wichita Open anniversary flag signed by 27 past champions and donated to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Local cross promotion to generate additional revenue via partnerships with Barker Oil, AETNA, Fagron Sterile and Key Construction.
  • Expansion and upgrade of player dining experience.

“What a fantastic honor for our community. It takes a lot of wonderful people and sponsor support to pull off our event, not to mention our great tournament host, Crestview Country Club,” said Wichita Open Tournament Director Roy Turner. “To all who have made this possible – a heartfelt thank you. Go Wichita!”

The 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season will kick off with The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, set for January.

The Wichita Open will take place at Crestview Country Club beginning on June 11 and ending on Championship Sunday, June 21.

WICHITA, KS. – The 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season came to a close Labor Day Monday in Evansville, Indiana as the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance wrapped up. Twenty-five (25) players secured their PGA TOUR cards for the 2019-20 season. England’s Tom Lewis won the season-ending event in dominant fashion at 23-under, five strokes clear of second-place finisher Fabián Gómez.

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WICHITA, KS. – The Wichita Open counted a 12% increase in attendance at this year’s tournament, which celebrated its 30th year in Wichita. The Wichita Open will also donate over $200,000 to local charities.

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