|Charley Hoffman Set to Defend Title|
In conjunction with its annual Media Day last week, tournament officials announced some early player commitments including the return of last year’s champion Charley Hoffman, for the 2017 Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 20-23 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course.
Hoffman made a ten-foot birdie putt on his 72nd hole Sunday to hold off San Antonio native Patrick Reed for a one-stroke victory. In his 11th consecutive start at the Valero Texas Open, Hoffman captured his fourth PGA TOUR victory. Hoffman has never missed a cut in the tournament, has five top-ten finishes and has only finished outside the top-15 one time in San Antonio.
“Charley’s dramatic victory on the final hole, after starting the day two strokes back, was another thrilling moment in Valero Texas Open history,” said the tournament’s Executive Director Larson Segerdahl. “It was so rewarding to see his consistency in this tournament finally payoff with a victory.”
|PGA TOUR Stars Commit|
Hoffman is one of eight champions of the past decade committed to the third oldest PGA TOUR event on the schedule.
Among them is World No. 22 Jimmy Walker, the reigning PGA Championship winner, who won the 2015 Valero Texas Open. The Boerne, TX resident’s victory at the PGA Championship was his sixth career victory and marked four consecutive years he has recorded at least one victory during a season.
Other champions joining Hoffman and Walker in the field are Justin Leonard (2000, 2001 and 2007), Zach Johnson (2008, 2009), Brendan Steele (2011), who is currently 5th in the FedExCup standings, Ben Curtis (2012), Martin Laird (2013), who is currently 20th in the FedExCup standings and Steven Bowditch (2014).
The tournament has also received commitments from World No. 18 Branden Grace, a seven-time winner on the European Tour who won the RBC Heritage on the PGA TOUR last year, as well as Northern Ireland’s 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. In addition, World No. 33 J.B. Holmes and 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and the dynamic European team Ryder Cup competitor Ian Poulter on the list of early commitments.
Beau Hossler, a 21-year-old, who turned professional after his junior year at the University of Texas, has accepted a sponsor exemption from tournament officials. Last year, Hossler was ranked No.2 in the world among amateurs. As a 17-year-old he qualified for a second straight year to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open, held the lead after the second round and finished tied for 29th.
This initial collection of players has accumulated six major championships and 58 PGA TOUR wins.
Players have until Friday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to commit to the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the tournament at any time.
|April 15: Dash to the VTO & Children’s Golf Clinic|
We are excited to announce a brand new event to the tournament schedule. We will be hosting the Dash to the VTO
on Saturday, April 15. Lace up your sneakers and enjoy a 10K and 5K run/walk around TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. Children 14 & younger can participate in a 1 mile run/walk.
It’s a chance to get a sneak peek at the tournament layout before the competition begins later that week. The race starts at 9 AM and entry fee includes a race shirt, chipped bib and a ticket to attend the Valero Texas Open! This event will help raise funds and awareness for our Birdies for Charity program. Learn more and register today!
After the races, families and children are encouraged to stick around for our annual Children’s Golf Clinic presented by The Kolitz Family Foundation
from 10 AM – 11:30 AM. This is an exclusive opportunity for children to hit golf balls where the PGA TOUR pros practice, led by The First Tee of Greater San Antonio. Children can also enjoy a golf clinic hosted by a PGA TOUR pro. The first 300 children will receive an Exclusive Swag Bag filled with lots of fun goodies!
Learn more about both these events at: www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/events
|Executive Women’s Day|
Ladies, please mark your calendar to attend Tuesday, April 18 the 5th annual Executive Women's Day
at the Valero Texas Open.
Executive Women’s Day promises a full day of opportunities to experience a world-class PGA TOUR event first-hand while networking with other professional women who share your passion for success. Enjoy a keynote luncheon, interactive panel discussion, a Behind the Scenes Walking tour, and networking mixer to wrap up the day.
We are delighted to have Tina Tchen
as the keynote speaker. Until recently, Tina Tchen was an Assistant to President Barack Obama and the Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. During her eight years at the White House, Tchen also served as the Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, as well as the first-ever United State of Women Summit.
for more information and the event itinerary.
Contact us today to reserve your seat!
|Volunteer – All That’s Missing Is You!|
|LAST CHANCE - DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!|
The success of the VTO is due in large part to the volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and energy through approximately 30 dynamic committees. Consider volunteering with Shotlink, assisting with the Evacuation team, being a Hole Marshall, working with Airport Reception, help render aid on the Medical team or one of the other exciting committees that provide critical service to the tournament.
During the week, 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 our community’s back yard, all while making new friends! 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.
Thank you to those whom have already registered to volunteer – we appreciate your time and talent!
For those who haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?! We are looking for volunteering enthusiasts with a passion to help and together create a fantastic Valero Texas Open experience for PGA TOUR players, corporate sponsors and spectators alike. Register today to avoid being put on a wait list!
To learn more about the benefits of being a part of this elite group of volunteers please visit our website
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