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|Valero Junior Texas Open Final Round Today|
This week the Valero Texas Open, together with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), is proud to host the Valero Junior Texas Open at TPC San Antonio which concludes later today.
The premier junior golf circuit in the world, the AJGA, through its tournaments, has developed many of the games current touring professionals, including: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, and the Valero Texas Open’s reigning Champion, Kevin Chappell.
Monday, July 10, was the Valero Junior Texas Open’s Junior-Am which provided local sponsors a chance to play a competitive round of golf with one of the future stars of the game while raising money for worthy causes. Junior-Am proceeds will benefit The First Tee of Greater San Antonio, the AJGA ACE Grant and Valero Texas Open supported charities. Over the past decade, AJGA Junior-Ams have raised more than $2 million for youth programs.
Congratulations to the teams that won:
|1st Place: Brian Graybeal, KC Lim, Shane Pearson, Sophia Digesualdo (junior) -- 50|
|2nd Place: Steven Frazier, Richard Schwabenlander, Jacob Sommer, Vishnu Sadagopan (junior) -- 61|
|3rd Place: Trey Caldwell, Jeff Higgins, and Brian Marchiorri; Francois Jacobs (junior) -- 61|
|Thanapol Apinyawuttikul of Bangkok, Thailand, Evan White of Hideaway, Texas, Grant Lincecum of Houston, Texas, Lino Galdin of La Domangere, France, Holden Wisener of Dallas, Texas, Jun Min Lee of Mission, Texas, Alejandro Gutierrez of Monterrey, Mexico, and Jun Min Lee of Mission, Texas are tied for first in the Boys Division at even-par 72. They had a combined 23 birdies for the round.|
|Julia Gregg of Farmers Branch, Texas, sits atop the Girls Division leaderboard at even-par 72. The 15-year-old is competing in her third AJGA tournament this year.|
|Jennie Park of Carrollton, Texas, Chandler Rosholt of Cedar Park, Texas, and Sophia Digesualdo of Austin, Texas, are T2 with a round one score of 2-over-par 75.|
|Julia Gregg of Farmers Branch, Texas, fired a 1-under-par 71 in the second round to hold on to the Girls Division lead. The 15-year-old carded five birdies in the round to gain a tournament-total 1-over-par 145 and a one-stroke lead.|
|Jennie Park of Carrollton, Texas, posted a 1-under-par 71. She recorded three birdies and a bogey-free front-nine for a tournament-total 2-over-par 146. Park is verbally committed to Texas Christian University.|
|Jun Min Lee of Mission, Texas, broke a seven-way tie with a 3-under-par 69 in the second round to sit atop the Boys Division leaderboard. Tallying five birdies in his round for a tournament-total 3-under-par 141, Lee has a three-stroke lead.|
|Grant Lincecum of Houston, Texas, matched his first round score of even-par 72 for a solo spot in second place. The 17-year-old is verbally committed to Texas State University.|
|Birdies for Charity Distributes Over $2.356M To Participating Charities|
The second-annual Birdies Breakfast of Champions took place Thursday, June 29 at Brick House Tavern. Representatives from over 138 organizations -- charities and program sponsors -- from San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi attended the event as funds raised through the eight month-long Birdies for Charity campaign were distributed to one-hundred-and-seven (107) participating agencies. More than $2.356M of this year’s $2.83M fundraising total was presented to a wide-variety of worthy causes.
The Birdies for Charity® campaign is a charitable initiative organized and supported by the Valero Texas Open, providing over 150 charity organizations throughout the greater San Antonio community and beyond with a fun and unique fundraising platform.
Individuals who made pledges or monetary contributions to Birdies for Charity had the chance to participate in one of several give-away contests provided by the Valero Texas Open.
|Guess The Birdies Contest|
Five (5) donors correctly guessed the exact number of birdies made during the Valero Texas Open – 1,975 birdies – a random draw amongst the five donors resulted in Les Barnes winning a Stay-and-Play Package at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and TPC San Antonio. Barnes made a contribution to the Birdies for Charity campaign in support of Northside Lions Charitable Foundation.
As has become a Birdies for Charity tradition, donors who attend at least one day of the Valero Texas Open (Thursday-Sunday) were entered into a grand prize drawing to win a two-year lease on a brand-new 2017 Ford Mustang courtesy of South Texas Ford Dealers.
At the conclusion of the Birdies Breakfast of Champions, representatives from South Texas Ford Dealers together with the Valero Texas Open surprised James White with the keys to his new Ford Mustang.
“I just can’t believe it! I have donated over the years through Birdies and never thought I’d win!” explained White, who made a contribution to the Fisher House Inc. through Birdies for Charity and attended the Valero Texas Open.
By winning the Donor Attendance contest, White also earned Fisher House Inc. an additional contribution of $20,000 from the Valero Texas Open.
Andrea Desbien representing Fisher House Inc. at the Breakfast of Champions was so moved by the surprise contribution awarded through this contest that she gave a big hug to James White.
“This means so much and will do great things for our organization,” said Desbien.
As participating Birdies for Charity organizations continue to finalize their annual collections in the weeks ahead, the remaining funds raised through the campaign will be distributed by the Valero Texas Open. Birdies for Charity, thanks to its corporate supporters, is able to deliver 100% of all funds raised to participating organizations.
to learn more about the Valero Texas Open’s Birdies for Charity fundraising program.
|Annika Sorenstam, 2018 Keynote Speaker Confirmed|
We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2018 Executive Women’s Day will be Annika Sorenstam. She is often regarded as the best female golfer of all-time. During her 15 year, Hall-of-Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered.
If you are interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the event, please contact us (210) 345-3842 or email Sales@ValeroTexasOpen.com
|A Look Back: 2017 Executive Women’s Day|
The 5th annual Valero Texas Open Executive Women’s Day provided San Antonio-area executive women the opportunity to create social and business relationships through an exclusive and advanced forum of more than 250 like-minded, successful, professional women. The day-long event on Tuesday, April 18, covered the topics of “Empowering the Next Generation,” business strategies and career advancement, professional networking, and how to use golf as a business and relationship builder.
Over lunch, guests enjoyed revelations, insights and anecdotes shared by keynote speaker, Tina Tchen, former Assistant to President Barack Obama, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. During her eight years at the White House, Tchen also served as the Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls, leading and organizing the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, as well as the first-ever United State of Women Summit.
The special event included a business panel discussion led by event moderator, Brenda Jimenez, anchor for Noticias Univision 41:
|Kate Brodock – CEO, Women 2.0|
|Brigadier General Heather L. Pringle – Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base SA|
|Roxanne Orsak – Executive Vice President – Merchandising, H-E-B|
Attendees also enjoyed a Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour in the afternoon which was followed by the ever-popular Networking Mixer, featuring a Tito’s Handmade Vodka Tasting and Kendra Scott Trunk Show.
Click above to view the 2017 Executive Women’s Day recap video.
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