The Digital Ally Open, a Web.com Tour event, is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park.
Here’s what to watch for at the tournament, which is organized by the Kansas City Crusaders:
1. Some local flair
Chase Hanna, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East and KU, received a sponsor’s exemption into the Digital Ally Open. Hanna won the 2017 Big 12 championship in April, highlighting his senior season at Kansas. He will tee off in the final group at 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
The other exemption went to former UMKC golfer Korbin Kuehn, who tees off at 9 a.m. Thursday.
2. Next generation of talent
In 2013, the Web.com Tour was dubbed The Path to the PGA Tour. And it can be quite literally that. The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list are guaranteed a spot on the PGA Tour the following season.
Nearly 75 percent of current PGA Tour players competed in the Web.com circuit at least once. In other words, this week’s tournament is an opportunity to see some of the golfing world’s next generation of talent. The Digital Ally Open is one of 26 tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2017.
3. The potential favorite
Andrew Landry has been the top earner on the Web.com Tour in 2017, garnering $276,118 in winnings. Landry is scheduled to tee off at 7:50 a.m. Thursday.
Landry, 29, has put together six top-10 finishes this year, including one victory.
The winner crowned Sunday will earn $117,000 of the $650,000 total purse. Wesley Bryan won the tournament in a playoff last year. Bryan now plays on the PGA Tour and won the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., in April.