|PGA TOUR Stars Commit|
In conjunction with its annual Media Day recently, tournament officials announced some early player commitments including the return of last year’s champion Kevin Chappell, for the 2018 Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 19-22 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course.
Yesterday we also announced a few more to the list of commitments:
|TEXANS IN THE FIELD: Currently there are a total of 18 players in the field who were either born or now live in the state of Texas. Of that total, eleven players committed at this stage, were born in Texas — Bronson Burgoon (The Woodlands), Chad Campbell (Andres), Brian Gay (Fort Worth), Cody Gribble (Dallas), Kelly Kraft (Denton), Sean O’Hair (Lubbock), Ryan Palmer (Amarillo), John Peterson (Fort Worth), Shawn Stefani (Baytown), and Chris Stroud (Groves).|
|ANOTHER TOP-25 PLAYER: This week, Italy’s Francesco Molinari became the fifth player among the top-25 in the world to commit to the tournament. Molinari, is currently ranked 24th.|
|RISING STAR ACCEPTS SPONSOR EXEMPTION: Shubhankar Sharma, who led the World Golf Championships-Mexico last week through three rounds before finishing 9th, has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in the tournament. Sharma, a rising 21-year-old star from India, who leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings on the strength of two victories on that Tour, also accepted an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament this week.|
|LUKE LIST COMMITMENT: One of the hot players in recent weeks is Luke List, who is currently committed to compete in the Valero Texas Open, April 19-22. At the Honda Classic, List, the third-round leader, birdied the par-5 18th hole Sunday to shoot a 1-under 69 and force a playoff with Justin Thomas before eventually falling on the first extra hole. The runner-up marked List’s best finish on the PGA TOUR. Also, with 15 birdies during the week, List brought his total birdie count to 556 since the start of last season, the most on TOUR during that span.|
|FEDEXCUP CHAMPION: Bill Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion and winner of six career PGA TOUR titles, has committed. Haas joins Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, and Jim Furyk as the fourth FedExCup champion to join the field.|
|Campus Spirit Meets PGA TOUR Action at ‘The U’|
New for 2018, the Valero Texas Open is excited to announce the debut of its newest hospitality venue, The U. Formerly known as the Patio, The U is redesigned in the shape of a U to wrap around three sides of the 16th tee box. The U will offer stunning views of the 16th hole, 15th hole, 11th hole, and beyond from this multi-level, open-air venue.
To add more excitement to this upgraded experience, the Valero Texas Open has partnered with local colleges and universities to give back through the sale of The U tickets. Each participating college or university will receive 15% of the proceeds from every ticket purchased by their students, alumni and fan base.
Single day tickets to The U may be purchased for $80, so 1,000 tickets sold by one of our participating colleges or universities will yield a $12,000 donation back to them from the Valero Texas Open!
The U will provide a variety of seating options and views for ticket holders to enjoy including covered, tiered seating, a second story covered bar deck, and patios with umbrella table seating.
Concessions including bar service will be available for purchase within the venue along with daily happy hour drink specials. Luxury Restrooms, multiple television screens, and other guest amenities will make this THE place to be at the Valero Texas Open.
Join in the school spirit and help the Valero Texas Open raise charitable funds while reconnecting with college friends, alumni and staff.
Colleges and universities partnering on The U include:
*Stay tuned for more colleges and universities being added to the program in the weeks ahead.
|Get Your Tickets!|
|Get Your VTO Gear|
We are excited to launch the Valero Texas Open online store so you can get your VTO gear any time of year! There is something for everyone – polos, ball caps, and fun VTO swag perfect for our fans. Shop today!
|Night to Honor Our Heroes Presented by Wells Fargo|
Night to Honor Our Heroes presented by Wells Fargo
salutes those men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who are serving, honors those who have served, and pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The night will be filled with great food, rarely seen military artifacts and special guests from the military and civilian community.
Guests will leave with a heightened sense of patriotism after listening to moving testimony by featured speaker, Colonel Leon “Lee” Ellis, USAF (Ret). He flew 68 combat missions with 53 over North Vietnam before being shot down and captured as a prisoner of war for more than five years. After repatriation he returned to flying duties in addition to serving as a T-38 instructor, flight commander and section commander at Moody AFB GA and Randolph AFB TX.
A limited number of tables are still available. Help us honor our military heroes. Please contact us
to learn more and secure your table today.
|Executive Women’s Day|
Ladies, please mark your calendar to attend Tuesday, April 17 the 6th 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 discussions, PGA TOUR player Q&A and a networking mixer to wrap up the day.
We are delighted to have Annika Sorenstam
as the keynote speaker. 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
. Contact us today to reserve your seat!
|Birdies for Charity Taking Flight|
You can support a cause that’s near and dear to you by making a donation or pledge through Birdies for Charity. There are 234 charities and schools participating with a wide variety of philanthropies including military and first responder focused charities, others that assist children, basic needs, health and wellness, performing arts, civic, and the list goes on!
100% of your contribution will go to the participating charity of your choice. To make your donation go further, the Valero Texas Open will make a 7% matching gift on all the funds raised.
If you make your pledge or donation before March 21 you can help your selected charity or school have a better chance in being in the Top 50 for bragging rights and a chance to earn additional bonus funds.
There are some fun prize opportunities for our donors too!
|Guess the Birdies Contest – Correctly guess how many birdies will be made at the 2018 Valero Texas Open for a chance to win a Stay & Play Package to TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort.|
|Attendance Incentive – Attend the Valero Texas Open and check-in at the Donation Station located in Gatorade Fan Fest to be entered into a drawing to earn your charity a $20,000 donation in your name… and you will win yourself a two-year lease on a Ford Mustang, compliments of South Texas Ford Dealers.|
Watch a special message
from Randy Carroll from K 97, our new Birdies for Charity ambassador.
|Volunteer – All That Is 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. 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 you!
For those who haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?! Deadline is March 24 to secure your spot. 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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