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October 7, 2019
Defending Champion, Corey Conners, and Seven Other Past Champions Among Early Tournament Announcements
2020 Valero Texas Open Remains in Coveted Slot on PGA TOUR Schedule - The Week Preceding The Masters
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Valero Texas Open officials, joined by 2019 champion Corey Conners, at its annual Media Day, kicked off the 2020 tournament campaign today with wide-ranging announcements highlighted by exciting tournament week activities and early player commitments.
The 2020 edition of the Valero Texas Open, which is scheduled for April 2-5 at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course, will be the second of a 10-year contract extension between the PGA TOUR and Valero Energy Corporation; a deal which repositioned the tournament in a coveted slot on the TOUR schedule the week preceding The Masters.
Early announcements regarding the Valero Texas Open, which has made a tremendous impact on the San Antonio community since the 1920s, and its various tournament week activities include:
PAST CHAMPION PLAYER COMMITMENTS: Conners is one of eight (8) tournament champions in the past decade currently committed to the third oldest PGA TOUR event on the schedule. Among them are Andrew Landry (2018), Kevin Chappell (2017), Charley Hoffman (2016), local star and major champion Jimmy Walker (2015), Martin Laird (2013), Brendan Steele (2011) and two-time major champion and two-time Valero Texas Open winner Zach Johnson (2008 & 2009).
Players have until Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to commit to the Valero Texas Open. They can withdraw from the tournament at any time.
CHAMPIONS FORE CHARITY IS UNDERWAY: Valero Texas Open is pleased to announce that two hundred and six (206) charities and schools from San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and surrounding cities have registered thus far to participate in the annual fundraising campaign previously known as Birdies for Charity; now Champions fore Charity.
The fundraising program provides nonprofit organizations with an unique and engaging platform to solicit donations while keeping 100% of the funds raised plus incentives, including a 7% matching gift opportunity provided by the Valero Texas Open.
Individuals and corporations from anywhere around the world are encouraged to participate and support their favorite cause through Champions fore Charity while knowing contributions are tax deductible and are maximized through the financial incentives the Valero Texas Open provides to participating organizations.
In 2019, the Valero Texas Open’s Champions fore Charity campaign set a new fundraising record of $6.8M which contributed greatly to the tournament’s overall charitable fundraising total of $15M.
Registration is still open for prospective charities and schools looking for no-cost fundraising opportunities. To learn more and donate to your favorite charity and/or school visit, www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/championsforecharity.
DASH TO THE VTO: The 4th annual Dash to the VTO will be held on Saturday, March 28 and will include a 5k and one-mile run/walk race around TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course followed by a post-race party. It’s a chance for participants to get a sneak peek at the tournament layout prior to the PGA TOUR competition beginning later that week or to enjoy active time with friends and family in a beautiful environment. A fun event for the whole family, this race will also help raise funds and awareness for the Valero Texas Open’s Champions fore Charity fundraising campaign. Race registration is open starting today. Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/dashtothevto/ for more details or to register.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION TEES OFF: Executing an event the size and scope of the Valero Texas Open requires a lot of support. In 2019, more than 2,000 individuals donated over 58,000 hours of their time toward the successful execution of the Valero Texas Open.
Volunteer opportunities for the 2020 tournament will be available beginning Monday, October 14th as volunteer registration opens to the public. Individuals are encouraged to learn about each of the 26 volunteer committees and their role in the tournament to determine their area of interest.
Visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/volunteers/ to learn more and register.
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. Valero is a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and it operates 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 14 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.73 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. Valero also is a joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel, which operates a renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana. Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest biomass-based diesel plant. Valero sells its products in the wholesale rack or bulk markets in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Latin America. Approximately 7,000 outlets carry Valero’s brand names. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.
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 2019 champion Corey Conners, 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 $15 million in 2019, the tournament has now contributed more than $155 million to hundreds of worthy charities. Please visit www.ValeroTexasOpen.com for more information.
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