August 25, 2014

Golf tournament to be renamed for Ken Landwehr

A Wichita anti-crime commission plans to rename a golf tournament after Ken Landwehr, Wichita’s most famous crime investigator and golf enthusiast.

A golf tournament run by an anti-crime nonprofit organization will be renamed after Wichita police Lt. Ken Landwehr, the Wichita Crime Commission said in a prepared statement.

Landwehr died of cancer earlier this year, after working on or overseeing more than 600 homicide investigations over several decades for the Wichita police.

He was relentless and obsessive about murder investigations, but said before he retired last year that he’d have no trouble walking away from all that. His real obsession was golf, he said.

“This year and in the future, the tournament will be known as the Ken Landwehr Make Good Choices Golf Tournament,” said Wichita Crime Commission executive director Gordon Bassham, in the prepared statement.

“Kenny played in our tournaments when we first began holding them in 2010. He loved golf and looked forward to playing in the tournament each year,” he said in the statement.

“In addition, Kenny was a big believer in the Crime Commission’s Make Good Choices program and our other youth-focused crime prevention projects.”

Make Good Choices works with area school resources officers, who lead field trips for high school students to area prisons, the crime commission statement said.

The Ken Landwehr Make Good Choices Golf Tournament takes place at Terradyne Country Club on Sept. 15, the statement said.

For more information, call 316-267-1235 or write info@wichitacrimecommission.org. Teams and players also can register online at www.WichitaCrimeCommission.org, the statement said.

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