Wichita Open Golf Tournament Becomes Air Capital Classic

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Wichita's long-running Web.com Tour event will have a new name in 2013, the Air Capital Classic, in recognition of Wichita's unique positioning as the air capital of the world, it was announced today by tournament officials and the PGA TOUR.

A new 501(c)(3) has been formed to lead and operate the tournament, in concert with the PGA TOUR. Air Capital Charities, Inc. will be the new organization that will operate the "official event of the PGA TOUR" in Wichita and continue to generate funds for local charities. In 2012, $200,000 was donated to local charities.

Additionally, the tournament will reach out to select business and community leaders who are interested in supporting the community and the event by becoming lead sponsors via the Air Capital Ambassadors program.

"This tournament has been a part of the Wichita community and Web.com Tour since 1990 and over that time has made substantial contributions to the area in the form of direct charitable donations and economic impact,” Tournament Director Roy Turner said. “Through the help of many corporate sponsors, the event has grown into one the top events on the Web.com Tour and given Wichita international recognition.

"Now, with the changes to the Web.com Tour in place where all 50 PGA TOUR cards will come through the Tour, the global interest will certainly be enhanced," Turner added. "Our new name, the Air Capital Classic, will remind people around the U.S. and abroad that Wichita is a strong market in which to conduct business and is the Air Capital of the World."

"As one of the Web.com Tour's four original events from 1990, our players and TOUR staff always enjoy the hospitality and support they receive each year when they come to Wichita," said PGA TOUR Vice President Tim Benton. "This is a very important event to the Web.com Tour. As the Tour has grown in stature every year, so has the Air Capital Classic, along with its charitable donations. We are happy to be here today for this important announcement and pledge to work with the Board to grow the tournament's impact for years to come."

The 2013 Air Capital Classic will be played June 10-16 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, with a purse of $650,000. Last year's event was won by Casey Wittenberg, who went on to become the Web.com Tour's leading money-winner.

Sponsorship and ticket information is available by contacting the Air Capital Classic at 316-219-9046 or by visiting golf@aircapclassic.com.

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 348 PGA TOUR titles, including 17 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 27 events in 2012. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, replaci ng Nationwide Insurance. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place.

Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour becomes the pathway to the PGA TOUR with all 50 PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1.7 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter and Facebook.


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