FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2021
Valero Texas Open to Extend Exemption to Cabo Collegiate Medalist
Elite collegiate men’s golf tournament at TPC San Antonio next week
SAN ANTONIO, TX — The Cabo Collegiate, an elite NCAA men’s golf tournament, will be held at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course March 1-3 and Valero Texas Open officials will offer an exemption to the medalist to compete in San Antonio’s PGA TOUR event, scheduled for March 29-April 4.
Due to international travel restrictions, the tournament, which includes 16 Division I teams, has been re-located from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to San Antonio this year.
“We’re excited to support golf at the college level and to have such an elite field of student athletes playing our tournament course here in San Antonio,” said Larson Segerdahl, Valero Texas Open Executive Director. “From our perspective, it makes great sense to reward the talent and skill of the top finisher in this year’s Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio with an opportunity to test themselves next month on the same course against the world’s best.”
“By granting this coveted exemption to our 2021 medalist, the Valero Texas Open is proclaiming that college golf is an important component of the sport,” said Cabo Collegiate Founder Rodger Kline. “Our board and our many supporters in both the U.S. and Mexico are so grateful for this opportunity for one of the student-athletes from our golf family. Thank you, Valero and Valero Texas Open.”
The top three players and seven of the top ten in the PGA TOUR University rankings will be competing next 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.
The top three players in the field are No. 1 Jon Pak, Florida State University, No. 2 Chun An Yu, Arizona State and No. 3 Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State University.
Practice rounds begin Sunday, February 28. Here are the teams coming to San Antonio listed by their current Golfstat national rankings:
|#1||University of Arizona (PAC-12)|
|#3||Arizona State University (PAC-12)|
|#4||Florida State University (ACC)|
|#7||University of Oklahoma (BIG XII)|
|#8||Oklahoma State University (BIG XII)|
|#10||University of Texas (BIG XII)|
|#15||Texas A&M (SEC)|
|#21||Texas Tech (BIG XII)|
|#23||University of Houston (AAC)|
|#27||Baylor University (BIG XII)|
|#31||University of Arkansas (SEC)|
|#64||University of Texas - San Antonio (C-USA)|
|#82||University of California at Berkeley (PAC-12)|
|#101||Abilene Christian University (WAC)|
|#150||Rice University (C-USA)|
Live scoring of the three-round competition will be available via Golfstat.com
Be sure to visit ValeroTexasOpen.com for the latest updates on tournament information and news as well as this year’s health and safety protocols.
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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 2021 champion Jordan Spieth, to name a few.
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