|2019 Tournament Highlights|
Never before, in the Texas Open’s 97-year history, have so many gathered to experience San Antonio’s annual PGA TOUR stop. The 2019 tournament showcased the talents of many of the world’s top golfers including Defending Champion Andrew Landry, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, to name just a few, as they navigated their way around the challenging AT&T Oaks Course.
At the end of a great week and exciting competition, it was Listowel, Ontario, Canada resident Corey Conners who claimed his first PGA TOUR victory, hoisted the all-new Valero Texas Open trophy and slipped on the Champion's Boots.
Thanks to generosity of the community, this year’s Valero Texas Open, along with the Valero Benefit for Children, raised a record $15 million, bringing the grand total to $153 million in charitable giving.
On behalf of the Valero Texas Open and Valero Energy Foundation, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your support and the role you played in making this year’s Valero Texas Open an extraordinary success.
|Player Highlights & Leaderboard|
|270 PGA TOUR Wins|
|9 Major Championship Winners|
|5 Past VTO Champions|
|3 FedExCup Champions|
|24 Different Countries Represented|
|32 Born or Resides in Texas|
|Valero Texas Open Pays Tribute to 2019 Volunteer of the Year|
This past Friday, May 17 the Valero Texas Open showed its appreciation for the volunteer Tournament Leadership Council (TLC) at its annual Appreciation Banquet. An important part of the ceremony included the presentation to this year’s “Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award” recipient, Jenny Fischer.
Fischer embodies the essence and true passion of volunteerism and has worked as a part of the Pro/VIP Shuttles committee, amongst a few other committees, over the past twenty-three years. She logged more than 100 hours during tournament week and did it with a gracious smile and very welcoming personality. Many returning volunteers within Pro/VIP shuttles say she is a contributing factor for their annual return to volunteer. She anticipates the needs of her fellow volunteers and helping to shepherd and mentor those new to their committee.
“I am at a loss for words yet touched to win this award in Tom Mabe’s honor. I had the privilege of having a cold beverage with Tom over the years to celebrate the completion of each tournament. It’s unreal to be here now being honored,” said Fischer upon being presented the award.
Tom Mabe, the award’s namesake, was a longtime Valero Texas Open volunteer who worked with players, fans, caddies and tournament officials for decades as a proud member of the TLC. An American hero, retired from the US Army after being stationed in Germany and fighting in Korea and Vietnam, Mabe sadly lost his battle with cancer during tournament week of 2014.
To celebrate Mabe’s memory and his vast contributions to the Valero Texas Open over the span of 30 years, the Tournament Staff, along with the TLC, established in 2015 the “Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award.”
As Volunteer of the Year, Fischer was awarded with a Valero Texas Open gift package including a two night stay and spa package at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, complimentary volunteer registration and premium parking for next year’s tournament. In addition, a charitable donation of $1,000 will be made in Fischer’s honor to a charity close to her heart, American Cancer Society, in memory of her brother.
In addition, Fischer will receive a replica of the Valero Texas Open new tournament trophy; a symbol of appreciation for her significant impact on the Tournament. The Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award perpetual trophy now includes Fischer’s name and will be proudly displayed year-round in the Valero Texas Open offices as a reminder of the importance of Volunteers to the success of the tournament. In addition, the perpetual trophy will be exhibited in the Volunteer Headquarters at the annual Valero Texas Open.
New for this year, each Tournament Leadership Council committee designated a volunteer of the year from their respective team that was then nominated for the Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year. All Committee Volunteer of the Year winners attended the annual TLC Banquet, where the winner was then announced. After much review and deliberation of the nominees, Fischer was announced as the fifth recipient of the “Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award.” Greg Brueland was the inaugural “Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award” recipient in 2015 followed by Gerry Hagar (2016), Lisa Leong (2017) and Barbara Zakrison (2018).
|A Look Back: Dash to the VTO|
Respite Care of San Antonio
|The Valero Texas Open was blessed to have over 235 charities participating in our fundraising program, Birdies for Charity, and doing fantastic work in our community. We want to introduce you to of the participating charities so you can get to know them better and how they utilize the funds they raised through Birdies for Charity.|
is a unique safety net providing essential services to our community since 1987. The mission of Respite Care is to protect, love, build trust, and nurture growth of children with special needs and complex medical conditions while strengthening the families caring for them.
Children with special needs heal from child abuse in Respite Care’s 24/7 emergency and foster homes. Proceeds raised through Birdies for Charity in 2018 supported the provision of 11,221 days of residential care for children from across Texas. The Davidson Respite House (DRH) and Najim Family Respite Home (NRH) are the only licensed emergency shelters in Texas dedicated to the care of children with special needs and complex medical conditions.
Valero Texas Open’s match helped local children with special needs meet developmental milestones and advance in Respite Care’s Texas Rising Star-certified early childhood learning center. Donations through Birdies for Charity help reduce the incidence of child abuse in our community by funding day/night out respite sessions for local parents caring for children with special needs who, according to research, are almost four times more likely to suffer from child abuse.
is the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park specifically designed for individuals with special needs in mind, but built for everyone’s enjoyment. It is our mission of inclusion to admit all individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities into the park completely free. Morgan’s Wonderland offers 25 acres of wheelchair accessible attractions including rides, playgrounds, entertainment and other interactive components.
The funds collected through Birdies for Charity helps Morgan’s Wonderland impact thousands of guests with and without disabilities by underwriting admissions for individuals with special needs and spreading our mission of inclusion in the community and schools through our Wonderland Inclusion Tour and anti-bullying campaign. In addition, the funds help to provide scholarships for Title I schools to visit the park for Community Based Instruction consisting of six 20 minute academic lesson plans created in partnership with Region 20.
Frost is the banking, investments and insurance subsidiary of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR). Frost is one of the 60 largest U.S. banks by asset size and provides a full range of banking, investments and insurance services to businesses and across Texas since 1868.
SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. SERVPRO® is also a proud supporter of our Nation’s First Responders.