Valero Texas Open
PGA TOUR & Player Highlights Q&A With Kevin Chappell
Birdies for Charity: 2018 Registration is Open Sponsor Spotlight
PGA TOUR & Player Highlights
FedExCup Finals

Brooks Koepka
There are a lot of connections between the Valero Texas Open and the FedExCup finals taking place this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta—not only currently but through the years.

Our two most recent past champions -- Kevin Chappell (2017) and Charley Hoffman (2016) -- have qualified for the TOUR Championship’s elite field of only 30 players. Hoffman is currently ranked 13th and Chappell is 19th in the FedExCup standings.

Not only are those two champions in the field, but the last three players to finish second at the Valero Texas Open are also in the field this week. Jordan Spieth, runner-up in 2015, is currently No.1 in the FedExCup standings. This year’s runner-up Brooks Koepka is 9th and our 2016 runner-up Patrick Reed is 23rd.

Six of the FedExCup champions since 2010 have competed in the Valero Texas Open at some point during their careers, starting with Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Jordan Spieth (2015) and Rory McIlroy (2016).

Upcoming Presidents Cup

Fans of the Valero Texas Open can also take particular interest in next week’s Presidents Cup, the biennial matches between the United States and International teams. Our past two champions Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman are members of the United States’ team. It will be the first time either of these gentlemen have competed on either a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup team for the United States. Our 2010 champion, Adam Scott is a member of the International team. This year’s Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ.

Charley Hoffman
Kevin Chappell

Birdies for Charity: 2018 Registration is Open
Birdies for Charity
Birdies for Charity® provides nonprofit organizations with an unique and engaging platform from which to solicit pledges for every birdie made during the Valero Texas Open tournament week; keeping 100% of the funds raised plus incentives including a 7% matching gift opportunity! Through the collective efforts of over 137 charities, Birdies for Charity raised a record-breaking $2.82M in 2017 with an impressive 99.78% collection rate!

Funds are generated by soliciting pledges from individuals and corporations. Birdies for Charity is like a walk-a-thon, but instead of donating per mile, participants make a pledge for every birdie made at the Valero Texas Open.

The 2017 Valero Texas Open had 1,975 birdies made, so a pledge of $0.01 yielded a donation of $19.75. Donors also have the ability to make a one-time donation with the flexibility to pay in advance or to be billed after the tournament. Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and are tax deductible, thanks to the Valero Texas Open’s non-profit 501(c)3 status.

Registration to participate in the 2018 fundraising campaign for charities and schools is underway. There are many benefits for organizations to register and participate:

StarThere is zero risk to get involved
StarNo cost to register and participate in the fundraising program
Star100% of the funds raised through the fundraising campaign goes directly back to participating organizations
StarBy raising a minimum of $1,000+, participating charities and schools can earn an additional 7% match on what’s collected in the program
StarDonors have a chance to win prizes
StarOpportunities to earn additional funds through incentives offered
If you know of a charity or school that isn’t already involved, please encourage them to participate in this great community initiative. The kick off events will be hosted in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Austin from October 17-20. Fundraising will officially begin October 23. Click here to learn more and register your organization.



Q&A With Kevin Chappell
At the end of a great week and exciting competition, Kevin Chappell made an 8-foot putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open by one stroke on Sunday. He claimed his first PGA TOUR victory, hoisted the Valero Texas Open trophy and slipped on the Champion’s Boots this past April.

In an effort to get to know our Champion better, Kevin graciously shared some fun facts about himself for our readers and loyal followers. In the months ahead our E-newsletter will feature some of these tidbits.

StarWhat’s your favorite pastime or hobby?
Beginner fisherman and wake surfing
StarWhat’s your favorite thing to do when resting at home with your family?
Build forts with my son Wyatt
StarDo you have any superstitions that you adhere to when it comes to golf and competition?
Each ball only has 1 birdie

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