WICHITA, Kan. - A popular Wichita pro golf tournament will continue to be held despite the loss of a corporate sponsor last year. Thanks to new corporate sponsors and money from the Kansas legislature, the PGA tour event lives on.
The Air Capital Classic has been going on for more than two decades. But the tournament was in jeopardy when the big corporate sponsor backed out.
However, the tournament director got 20 other sponsors including Aetna Insurance to make sure the tournament is on solid ground for the next three years. And the legislature gave $15,000 to the tournament through the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism budget.
Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission C-E-O Bob Hanson says it's money well spent. "It creates a lot of awareness for Wichita around the country", Hanson said. "These golfers and all the golfers who have gone through here and who have gone on and been very successful in the pro events, that speaks well for us."
But not everyone agrees with Hanson. "I don't like it at all", says Nick Enzihna. "I'm sure there are better ways of spending the money than that."
Even so, it looks like the private sponsors and the money from the legislature will keep the Air Capital Classic going this June for its 25th year.