|Congratulations to our Champion, Kevin Chappell!|
Last year in 2016, we were proud to raise $10.5 million for charity. As you probably saw and heard over the past couple of weeks, we outdid ourselves again in charitable giving. Sunday afternoon during the final round this year’s Tournament Chair, Gary Simmons, Senior Vice President of Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization for Valero, announced on CBS that this year’s Valero Texas Open raised $11 million for charity, bringing the grand total to $126 million in charitable giving.
None of this, however, would have been possible if it were not for the steadfast support of our corporate partners, volunteers, fans and spectators, and the greater San Antonio community. On behalf of the Valero Texas Open and Valero Energy Corporation, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your help in making the 2017 Valero Texas Open impactful for our community.
In the weeks and months ahead we’ll share some of the highlights of the 2017 tournament along with news and updates on the 2018 edition of the Valero Texas Open – so stay tuned for more exciting details and join the conversation by following us on Twitter
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|Final Round Recap|
Kevin Chappell made an 8-foot putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open by one stroke on Sunday.
Chappell had a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish at 12 under for the tournament, edging Brooks Koepka at TPC San Antonio to earn his first PGA TOUR victory in his 180th career start.
Koepka was looking for his second PGA TOUR win. He had the best round of the day at 7-under 65. Before Chappell came down the 18th hole, Koepka had birdied the hole with a 3-foot putt to tie him.
“Feels like I have a base to kind of jump off from with my career moving forward. Couldn't happen at a better place for me. It just hit me that my first ever PGA TOUR start was the Valero Texas Open back in 2008. So this event is very special to me; as I mentioned it a few times, I’ve been a runner-up here and it definitely had me motivated to get a win here,” remarked Chappell after the realization of winning and becoming the newest addition to the Valero Texas Open’s long list of storied champions.
|Thank You Volunteers|
Week in and week out it takes a significant volunteer effort to successfully conduct a PGA TOUR event. At the Valero Texas Open, we are privileged to have an elite group of passionate and dedicated individuals who give of their time, talent and energy to help achieve a common goal of raising as much money as possible for charity while providing a first-class experience to all those who attend the Valero Texas Open – PGA TOUR professionals and their families, sponsors, spectators, etc.
This year’s volunteer organization was 1,700 strong spread across 27 committees and volunteered a combined total of 45,000+ hours. They were there before the sun rose and after the last putt dropped. They came from San Antonio, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, as far north as Canada, and everywhere in between. Many even take a week’s worth of vacation time to pitch in at the Valero Texas Open.
For their effort and continued support, Valero Energy Corporation and the Valero Texas Open would like to thank all the men and women volunteers who make the tournament such a huge success, ultimately impacting the hundreds of charities that are touched by tournament proceeds.
It’s never too early to express your interest in volunteering for the Valero Texas Open; feel free to email Volunteers@ValeroTexasOpen.com
for information on volunteering for the 2018 Valero Texas Open.
MetLife would like to congratulate Cameron Smith on winning the MetLife MatchUp at the 2017 Valero Texas Open! Be sure to follow along and vote on the MetLife MatchUp all season long at PGATOUR.com.
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