Valero Texas Open
Happy New Year!Charity Spotlight
Did You Know? Volunteer Spotlight
Keep Your New Year’s Resolution & Save $! Sponsor Spotlight
Elevate Your VIP Experience  
Happy New Year!
With 2019 well underway, the next edition of the Valero Texas Open is less than 80 days away!

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than by securing your place at this long-standing San Antonio tradition – it will be one of the “can’t miss” events of 2019!

Golfers, non-golfers, male, female, kids, young-adults, families, seniors – it doesn’t matter… this year’s Valero Texas Open is sure to provide a great time for all. And with a wide range of ticket options there’s truly something for everyone.

So join us April 4-7, the week before the Masters Tournament, and be a part of the 2019 Valero Texas Open.


Did You Know?
StarThe first full-field event of the new calendar year is this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii and four Valero Texas Open champions will be competing—Zach Johnson, Andrew Landry, Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker.
Star2018 champion Andrew Landry will be spending his second week in Hawaii. Last week our champion played in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Landry finished 22nd in the winners-only event.
Star2016 champion Charley Hoffman has played in the Valero Texas Open 14 consecutive times and has never missed the cut. He is a collective 39-under-par since 2010 when the tournament moved to TPC San Antonio and during that stretch has finished in the top-15 ten times.
StarSan Antonio resident Cameron Champ, who made his fourth start as a professional in last year’s Valero Texas Open, also competed in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and finished tied for 11th. Champ, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship, is ranked 2nd in driving distance averaging over 323 yards per drive.
StarHappy birthday to our Valero Texas Open champions with January birthdays:
  • Jan. 11 - Ben Crenshaw (1973, 1986)
  • Jan. 16 – Jimmy Walker (2015)

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution & Save $!
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to work out more or perhaps participate in your first 5K or 1 mile race? Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 30 to participate in the 3rd annual Dash to the VTO presented by Humana Military 5K and 1 mile run/walk race.

Don’t forget to invite your cheering squad! Friends and family members are able to enjoy our post-race party by purchasing a Food & Beverage Spectator Pass. The $10 wristband for ages 5+ provides access to take partake in the post-race reception and enjoy the food, drinks and festivities after the conclusion of the race.

Register before January 31 to save $10 before prices increase!

Learn more and register at:


Elevate Your VIP Experience
Nobody does Texas hospitality like the Valero Texas Open. Individuals, families and corporate partners alike still have time to take full advantage of a variety of hospitality experiences while attending San Antonio’s only PGA TOUR event.

StarLive ULTRA at The U ($60/day) allows you to experience the unique comfort and appeal of a premier hospitality credential at an affordable price, making The U a perfect place to gather. Located between the 16th tee & 11th tee, Live ULTRA at The U provides an intimate viewing area to cheer on the PGA TOUR pros. This venue features a patio with umbrella tables & tiered seats, a covered viewing deck, & open-air dining. An upgraded menu including bar service will be available for individual purchase.Image
StarCabana ($325/day) is strategically located between the 16th green & 17th tee, while adjacent to the fan-friendly Backyard. Experience the excitement of one of San Antonio’s biggest professional sporting events in a fun social ambiance while taking in all the action from multiple vantage points. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, full lunch buffet, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, & hosted bar service.Image
StarExecutive Club ($425/day) offers a luxurious and entertaining environment right on top of the action at the competition’s closing hole. Experience a relaxed atmosphere to mingle, socialize and network in the air-conditioned dining and lounge area or watch many of the world’s top PGA TOUR players finish out their rounds from the covered, outdoor, tiered seating. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, full lunch buffet, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, & hosted bar service providing a superior spectator experience.Image
Too many options, but can’t decide on just one?! Consider a Presidential Pass, which provides credentialed access to three venues (Live ULTRA at The U, Cabana & Executive Club) so you can take in the competition and atmosphere from any of these incredible vantage points. Tickets are $525 per day, Thursday-Sunday.

Click here to view all the great options or call us today at the Valero Texas Open office at (210) 345.3818 to secure your hospitality experience.

Charity Spotlight
The Valero Texas Open is blessed to have over 200 charities participating in our fundraising program, Birdies for Charity, and doing fantastic work in our community. Starting this year, we want to feature two charities in each monthly e-newsletter so you can get to better know all of these wonderful charities and how they utilize the funds they raise through Birdies for Charity. Now is the perfect time to donate to a participating charity or school program – donate today to your favorite cause:

Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to serve children with neurological, muscular, and skeletal disabilities ages 0-18 regardless of their insurance, ability to pay or the time they need to achieve their goals. Our institution promotes human values and a culture that encourages the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Following our motto "Love and Science in the Service of Life," our goal is to become the world's leading pediatric rehabilitation system.

2018 was our first year participating in Birdies for Charity and it was hugely successful for us. What we raised through Birdies for Charity and the 7% match donation allowed us to keep providing rehabilitation services to 500+ patients and their families coming from all over the United States to receive treatment at our facilities in San Antonio, TX. This year our hope and goal is that we end up in the first place of the leaderboard, just like last year. Visit to learn more.


The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired has empowered the blind and vision impaired since 1933 through employment in their manufacturing plant as well as through programs/services from birth on upwards.

We’ve participated in Birdies for Charity annually since 2006 and have led the charity leaderboard for countless years. The funding derived from Birdies for Charity has allowed us to fulfill our mission and provide services for over 700 children and their families. With these funds we were able to purchase an indoor playground where little ones from ages 1 to 5 can learn to play safely and complete library with Braille and large print books. Funds also helped with our monthly support group for parents in San Antonio and surrounding areas. And provided classes in computers, assistive technology and adaptive aids, Braille training and mobility (cane) training at no expense to the families. Instilled in these children is the fact that vision is not a requirement to achieve their dreams! Visit to learn more.


Volunteer Spotlight
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to volunteer this year or become more active in the community? Or you want to do something that helps raise funds and awareness to hundreds of worthy charities? Whatever the reason, we are looking for volunteering enthusiasts with a passion to help and together create a fantastic Valero Texas Open experience for PGA TOUR players, corporate sponsors and spectators alike.

The success of the VTO is due in large part to the volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and energy through 30 dynamic committees. During the week, you'll make new friends, get a behind-the-scenes look at a PGA TOUR event and witness many of the world's top golfers as they compete right here in your back yard! You'll also play an important role in the tournament's charitable mission to raise funds and awareness for hundreds of worthy causes throughout San Antonio and the South Texas region.

We are launching a new tradition for 2019 by featuring each month two volunteers so you can get to know the countless volunteers working behind the scenes because what they do is invaluable! To kick this off, the first couple of months we will be featuring our Tom Mabe of the Year award recipients.

Tom Mabe was a longtime volunteer who worked with players, fans, and officials for decades as a proud VTO volunteer. Tom was an American hero, retired from the US Army after being stationed in Germany and serving in Korea and Vietnam. Tom passed away during tournament week in 2014 and will be sorely missed, but remembered, at all future Valero Texas Open tournaments.

Tom always had a positive attitude and was truly a team player - willing and happy to take on any tasks or duties that were asked of him. He was passionate about the tournament and even more so of the charities that the VTO supports. Tom took pride in all that he did and was eager to pitch in any way he could.

The Volunteer of the Year Award has been named in his honor and all volunteers and TLC members have the opportunity to nominate a volunteer worthy of recognition who embodies the same character, spirit, and passion as Tom Mabe including his dedication, commitment, passion, charity, character, sacrifice & leadership.

Barbara Zakrison has worked as a part of the Volunteer Services committee for over seven years. She is caring and considerate with everyone she interacts with, making each person she connects with feel special. Her polite demeanor makes her a joy to be around. She was awarded the Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year award for her outstanding work with the Valero Texas Open in 2018.

Lisa Leong has worked as a part of the Hospitality committee for over seventeen years. Her inviting disposition comes with a smile and good spirit as she is willing to help anyone she encounters. She even takes a week’s worth of vacation from work to volunteer her time and talent each year during tournament week. Lisa was the 2017 recipient of the Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year award.

To learn more about the benefits of being a part of this elite group of volunteers please visit our website.

Sponsor Spotlight
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