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March 3, 2021

Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett Wins Cabo Collegiate Individual Title

Accepts Special Exemption to Compete in Valero Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO, TX — Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett captured medalist honors today in the Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio, an elite NCAA men’s golf tournament, played on the Oaks Course the past three days. With the individual victory, Bennett, earned and exemption to play in the Valero Texas Open, scheduled for March 29-April 4.

Bennett’s five-under-par 211 total was good enough for a one-stroke victory over Oklahoma’s Garrett Reband. Oklahoma won the team title by one stroke over Florida State. Texas A&M finished third, three strokes back.

“Thanks to the Cabo Collegiate for hosting us this week and Valero and the Valero Texas for all they did to make this a special week for, not only me, but the other teams here,” Bennett said. “I look forward to returning later this month to compete in the Valero Texas Open.”

Due to international travel restrictions, the tournament, which included 16 Division I teams, was re-located from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to San Antonio this year.

“Having this year’s winner of the Cabo Collegiate participate in the Valero Texas Open adds another wonderful element to this year’s tournament,” said Larson Segerdahl, Valero Texas Open Executive Director.  “We wish Sam the best of luck. We are excited to be able to provide him with this opportunity and support the collegiate game, which is very important to the growth of golf and the future of the PGA TOUR.”

The top three players and seven of the top ten in the PGA TOUR University rankings competed in the Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio this week. PGA TOUR University is a program designed to strengthen and elevate the path to the PGA TOUR through the Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. This program will reward elite collegiate play with varying levels of playing access to Tours operated under the PGA TOUR umbrella, while upholding the principles and virtues of collegiate athletics.

Final team and individual results can be found by visiting

For more photos from the Cabo Collegiate, please click here.


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 3.2 million barrels per day and 13 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.68 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, 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 for more information.


Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), and the Valero Energy Foundation are committed to improving the quality of life in communities where Valero has major operations. For a seventh consecutive time, Valero was named to The Civic 50 list by Points of Light as one of America’s most community-minded companies – the top energy company on the list. In 2019, Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generated more than $64 million in charitable support through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteerism. Valero employees log close to 150,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of projects in their communities. The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, health care and civic projects. Through the overwhelming support of sponsors, the foundation’s signature programs, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, generated more than $14 million in net proceeds in 2020 for charities across the United States.


The Valero Texas Open is the sixth-oldest professional tournament in golf worldwide, the third-oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2022, the tournament will celebrate its 100th 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 its Benefit for Children and Champions fore Charity initiatives, has contributed more than $171 million to hundreds of worthy charities since inception.. Please visit for more information.

Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett
Team from University of Oklahoma
Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett

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