PGA Korn Ferry Tour returns to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After not playing last season due to COVID-19, the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour is back in Kansas City. The AdventHealth Championship begins this week at the Blue Hills Country Club Golf Course.

On Wednesday, the practice green was packed with dozens of golfers looking to win the event, some with local ties. One is even the defending champion.

Michael Gellerman, who grew up in Sterling, Kansas, won at Blue Hills in 2019 and got his PGA Tour Card. He told FOX4 that this annual Kansas City tournament was a welcome chance to spend some family time.

Now he is aiming for a new championship.

“I struggled for a while, but I’m playing better and I’m delighted to be here at a place where I’ve had fond memories,” Gellerman said.

Other local golfers have a chance to compete this weekend, including Shawnee Mission East alumnus Andy Spencer, who played Blue Hills on several occasions when he was in high school.

“I know I can play here, just a matter of getting out and taking the shots on the golf course,” he said. “It’s what you work for, what you work for all year round, and you try to show up and play the best you can.”

Then there’s Chris Thompson, a former golfer from the University of Kansas in Independence, Kansas. He worked for almost two decades before eventually winning his PGA Tour Card, but it only lasted a year on the tour.

Now he’s back to competing with players on the Korn Ferry Tour before taking his place as head golf pro at Lawrence Country Club. He is happy that this weekend, he can again get his competition juice flowing.

“You get used to it. You get used to that adrenaline, ”he says. “So I’m going to play here and play as hard as I can for four days, hopefully, and we’ll see what happens.”

Thompson offered this advice to all players trying to win their way to the PGA Tour:

“Don’t go out here and change who you are, change your practice or the way you play. Do what you do. Do the best you can. Believe in yourself.”

The four-day tournament begins Thursday.

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