The Wichita Open is in full swing
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Wichita Open officially kicked off Thursday at Crestview Country in east Wichita. Over 160 golfers and thousands of spectators attended the golf tournament in its 32nd year.
Each year, the event generates approximately $6.5 million in economic spinoffs. It’s also a great fundraiser for local charities. Last year, the tournament raised over $250,000 for local charities. Tournament Director Roy Turner is responsible for much of the success, but after this year’s event he is retiring.
“Historically, he’s been one of the largest pediatric philanthropists in the community. I’m not sure everyone knows this, but during Roy Turner’s tenure they donated over $3 million. So we are truly honored to be sort of the next recipient in a long line of recipients. It just helps us fulfill our mission of caring for area children,” said Dr. Brian Pate, President of Wichita Pediatrics.
Turner said the tournament has grown over the years and he is happy to have led the organization until his retirement after this year’s tournament. Plus, he just wants people to enjoy Wichita.
“I’m quite emotional at the moment, Sunday will be a big day for me when I say goodbye to everyone, but I’m going to stay for another 12 months to help the new tournament director. About time, 43 years of professional sport in this town, it’s a long time,” Turner said.
If you’re planning on coming to the Wichita Open, you’ll want to come prepared. Be sure to wear light-colored clothing, drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated, and if you can, make time for shade.
One of the most popular areas at the Wichita Open is the 17th hole. Turner said welcome boxes have been sold out since November, but daily passes are still available. You can find details on how to nab one for the event which runs through Sunday at https://happsnow.com/event/Wichita-Open-4UH0/wichita-open-tickets-0K6I2
More than 160 golfers were present for the golf tournament which launched its 32nd edition.
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