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Chris Thompson

Nineteen years after turning pro, Chris Thompson finally has made it to the big leagues.

Thompson, 42, was one of 25 Tour golfers presented with PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season

A native of Independence, Thompson finished 20th on the final money list. A longtime member at Lawrence Country Club, Thompson resides in Lawrence with his wife, Jessica, and their son Henry, 10, and daughter Landry, 7.

Thompson first qualified for the Tour (then called Nationwide Tour) in 2007, but didn’t do well enough to retain his card. He finished on the wrong side of multiple close calls in an attempt to get back on tour, and then did well enough at this past Q school to gain exempt status for the first eight tournaments of the season. He earned enough money in those to set himself up for the full schedule.

During the gap between his two seasons on the tour, Thompson had to try to make his way into tournaments via Monday qualifiers, which was his path to his first PGA Tour event, the Byron Nelson in 2014.

Thompson’s late charge to a PGA Tour card included three consecutive finishes in the top four heading into the final tournament of the regular season.

“Confidence breeds confidence,” Thompson said of the best stretch of his career.

Participants Shine at Partnership Reception

On Wednesday, April 26th friends of The First Tee of Greater Kansas City gathered at Topgolf for the annual Partnership Reception. Attendees heard a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to be a part of The First Tee from three outstanding youth: E.J. Atkins, Skylar Brunk and Anh-Dao Do. ACE Level participant Skylar was presented …

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