FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2017
Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Curtis Luck To Make Professional Debut At Valero Texas Open
This Week’s Master’s Tournament Will Be Luck’s Final Event As An Amateur
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Tournament officials announced today that 2016 United States Amateur Champion and the World’s No. 1 ranked amateur, Curtis Luck, will make his professional debut when he tees it up at the 2017 Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 20-23 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course.
Luck, who will conclude one of the most decorated amateur careers in golf history this week at The Master’s Tournament, is coming off a year in which he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Team Championship en route to becoming the top-ranked amateur in the world.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished young golfer in our field,” said the tournament’s Executive Director Larson Segerdahl. “The fact that Curtis is making his professional debut here in San Antonio just makes it that much more special for him and us. I’m certain he’ll continue to enjoy tremendous success throughout his pro career.”
Luck adds to an already strong field of competitors lined up for this year’s Valero Texas Open. Among those who will be competing alongside Luck at Augusta National this week and then again in San Antonio include Roberto Castro, Kevin Chappell, Branden Grace, Adam Hadwin, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Billy Hurley III, Zach Johnson, Si Woo Kim, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Patrick Reed, Brendan Steele, Daniel Summerhays, Jhonattan Vegas, and Jimmy Walker.
“I’m grateful to Valero and the Tournament Committee for inviting me to compete in this year’s Valero Texas Open,” said Luck. “To begin my professional career at such a historic tournament will be an honor and I know it will be a great launching pad for future success.”
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.
Tickets are currently on sale. Please visit ValeroTexasOpen.com for all details.
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ABOUT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.
Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and 2017 champion Kevin Chappell, to name a few.
Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The Valero Texas Open together with the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $11 million in 2017, the tournament has now contributed more than $126 million to hundreds of worthy charities.
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