|Happy New Year!|
With 2018 well underway, the next edition of the Valero Texas Open is less than 95 days away!
There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than by securing your place at this long-standing San Antonio tradition – it will be one of the “can’t miss” events of 2018!
Golfers, non-golfers, male, female, kids, young-adults, families, seniors – it doesn’t matter… this year’s Valero Texas Open is sure to provide a great time for all. And with a wide range of ticket options there’s truly something for everyone.
So join us April 19-22 and be a part of the 2018 Valero Texas Open.
|Did You Know?|
|Kevin Chappell’s winning score of 12-under-par 276 in the 2017 Valero Texas Open was tied for the fifth highest winning score on the PGA TOUR last season. Sergio Garcia’s 9-under 279 at the Masters Tournament was the highest winning score of the year.|
|There were 12 first-time winners on the PGA TOUR in 2017, including Kevin Chappell, winner of the Valero Texas Open. Since the VTO moved to TPC San Antonio, Chappell and Steven Bowditch (2014) made the VTO their first career TOUR victory.|
|Two past champions of the Valero Texas Open competed in last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, which kicked off the new PGA TOUR calendar year. 2017 champion Kevin Chappell finished tied for 21st in the 34-player field and 2011 champion Brendan Steele was 29th.|
|The last player to win four consecutive events on TOUR was Jack Burke, Jr. when he won the 1952 Texas Open in San Antonio, the Houston Open, the Baton Rouge Open, and the St. Petersburg Open.|
|Be a Part of the Engine That Drives the Valero Texas Open|
On Saturday, January 6 the Valero Texas Open held its 2nd annual Volunteer Registration Tee-Off event at North Star Mall. The Volunteer Tournament Leadership Council helped recruit new volunteers and registered returning volunteers throughout the day. All those in attendance were entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes including a Stay-and-Play Package at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, two foursomes to TPC San Antonio, Bose headphones and many other premium VTO swag items!
Mall-goers also enjoyed putting for a chance to win other fun VTO prizes, interact with social media props and meet nationally acclaimed disc jockey Randy Carroll from KJ97 who made a special appearance and broadcasted during the Tee-Off event.
The success of the VTO is due in large part to the volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and energy through 25 dynamic committees. If you missed the Tee-Off event, it’s not too late to register!
During the Valero Texas Open, you'll make new friends, get a behind-the-scenes look at a PGA TOUR event and witness many of the world's top golfers as they compete right here in your back yard! You'll also play an important role in the tournament's charitable mission to raise funds and awareness for hundreds of worthy causes throughout San Antonio and the South Texas region.
The final day to register as a Valero Texas Open volunteer is March 24 and positions are going fast. So, don't miss out on your chance to be a part of this exciting, world-class PGA TOUR event, sign up today!
To learn more about the benefits of being a part of this elite group of volunteers please visit our website.
|Keep Your New Year’s Resolution & Save $!|
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to work out more or perhaps participate in your first 5k? Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 14 to participate in the Dash to the VTO
5k run/walk and 1 mile race for children 14 & under.
Register before January 31 to save $10 before pricing increases for the 5k!
Learn more and register at ValeroTexasOpen.com
|VTO Plays Significant Role in PGA TOUR’s Charity Announcement|
This past Sunday the PGA TOUR and its tournaments announced they generated more than $180 million for charitable causes in 2017, surpassing last year’s record amount by approximately $14 million. This total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR-China.
The announcement brings the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.65 billion. The TOUR surpassed $1 billion in 2005 and $2 billion at the beginning of 2014.
“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year. Thank you to all of the tournaments, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans who make all of this possible.”
In 2017, five PGA TOUR events raised more than $10 million for charity – the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Valero Texas Open, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the John Deere Classic and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
During Valero’s 16 years as title sponsor, more than $122 million has been raised for charity through the Valero Texas Open, with a tournament-record $11 million generated in 2017. This total includes money raised through the tournament, Birdies for Charity and the Valero Benefit for Children – a golf event coordinated by the Valero Energy Foundation and held the day after the tournament on 11 San Antonio-area golf courses, drawing approximately 2,500 participants each year.
Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations designed to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to charity. Community beneficiaries include a broad range of organizations such as hospitals and shelters; youth development programs; food banks; groups that support the military and their families; organizations that support senior citizens; those that help abused women and children, and growth-of-the-game initiatives.
to view our 2017 charity message.
|Kendra Scott: Shopping With A Cause|
Please join us to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2018 Kendra Scott
Collection. They will generously donate 20%
of all proceeds purchased during the launch party to Valero Texas Open’s Birdies for Charity
Wednesday, Jan 17th from 5pm - 8pm
Kendra Scott at the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256
You and all your friends and family are welcome to come shop and enjoy refreshments.
If you cannot attend, you can call in and place your order over the phone during the event to have it benefit Birdies for Charity.
You can make a purchase with an existing gift card during the event to benefit Birdies for Charity.
It’s a fantastic gift idea for Valentine’s Day, upcoming birthdays and anniversaries!
|Birdies 101 – Raise 107% for Charity|
If I told you that your favorite non-profit agency could make 107% revenue from a fundraising event and incur no operating costs outside of staff time, would we capture your interest? But wait, there’s more…
Identifying fundraising strategies can be challenging as the costs to execute an event often exceeds the capacity to raise $s. If your organization has never considered participation in Valero’s Birdies for Charity
event tied to the Valero Texas Open, we’d love for you to consider participating. It’s all inclusive – all non-profit charities, schools, school programs and even churches are welcome.
Birdies for Charity is unique in that there are NO COSTS (no registration fees, no merchant fees, etc. ) except staff time… and these great organizations receive 107% of funds generated and sometimes more with incentives offered.
We are hosting two identical informational sessions on Wednesday, January 24 for organizations interested in participating. Click here to learn more and RSVP to secure your spot at ValeroTexasOpen.com
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