Junior Golf: It’s VTO Time

In today’s Monday Mulligan we’re looking ahead to this week’s Valero Texas Open, the VTO. The PGA Tour is in town and it’s time to plan to take your junior golfer out to see some of the action on the beautiful and difficult Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.img_0135-1

The Texas Open, today it is sponsored by Valero Petroleum, so it’s the Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest event still played on the Tour and is the oldest to be played continuously in the same city. This is a special time for our family because my Dad, Sam M Goldfarb Sr, was one of about a half-dozen businessmen to form the San Antonio Golf Association, SAGA, now Golf San Antonio, in 1938 with the main purpose of bringing back the then defunct Texas Open. And they did in the early 1940’s and even had Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as special guests. FYI both were excellent golfers and Bing considered entering the event as an amateur, he thought he could win! ( photo jennleforge.com)

Dad was involved with pro golf, amateur golf and junior golf here for more than 50 years, leading to his induction into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. Quite an honor, and frankly 1 that he certainly deserved. More about Dad in other posts, but everything about this event is special to our family.

And it will be special to your son too! It is an environment only experienced at PGA events. You will enter the grounds behind #17 green and walk through the vendor boardwalk where dozens of golf-related companies offer a number of giveaways and discounted specials. Take some time to enjoy this area, don’t just blast through it. There are some really fun things you and your son will enjoy and you may win some nice freebies as well! Plan an extra 30 minutes for this.

The grounds are visually stunning! Some of the 1st things you will notice after leaving the vendor area is how rich and beautiful the fairways and greens are, in perfect condition. Next is the massive, to the point of incredulity, construction of luxury suites, grandstands and tv announcing booths and towers. You and your son will be amazed. It’s more than you likely would have ever imagined.

And there’s something about being within a few feet of some of the best players in the world. Yes, we will miss Jordan, Rory and Jason, but we still have many fan favorites like Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els, Padrig Harrington and last year’s winner, our own Jimmie Walker. Lots of great and talented golfers to follow.

Experiences for a lifetime: so on Saturday of last year’s VTO, S3 and some of his college teammates were following guys around a bunch of different holes and then they decided to go and stay at #16, the famous par 3 with the sand trap in the middle of the green. They were off the back right side of the green and Phil hit his tee shot and it struck a guy standing next to S3. As always, Phil the true gentleman, came and apologized to the fan, asked if he was OK and signed a glove for him and S3 and his buddies were right there! Great memories! (photo golftexas.com)image

Day passes are inexpensive and readily available. Grab your son or daughter and Mom too and go enjoy yourselves at a wonderful PGA Tour event. If you like to keep moving the Oaks is easy to follow groups and the shared green with #2 and #7 is a great chance so skip forward or backward a few players. If you prefer to sit, we love to spend time at either #16 or #17 because there is always a lot of action around those greens.

See you at the Valero Texas Open ready to watch some great golf… Sam.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for your great stuff. Always a highlight of my Monday morning.

    I also will draw your attention to the Big12 women’s conference championship out at the Dominion this weekend. It is free and you get a chance to see some of the best golfers up close and personal.

    You can find more information here:

    http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=210569788

    As you can see from the list below, a golf course or even a city have never held back-to-back Big12 women’s championship tournaments. Last year was great – this year should be even better!!

    Hope to see you there or at the VTO!

    Greg Davidson
    Austin

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    • Hi Greg: Thanks for following and the nice words. We’re headed to Horseshoe Bay for S3’s final collegiate conference round in the Heartland Conference Tournament. Man it’s been a rainy mess. Do you work at UT? Hope you stay dry. Maybe we can meet at some point. Have a great day … Sam

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      • Thanks Sam. Hope the season and collegiate career went well. I don’t work at UT – but I have two degrees from UT Austin. I in state government for a statewide elected official. Keep the good stuff coming – it is of great help for me to help guide my daughter.

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  2. Posted by gregNdonna@aol.com on April 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for your great stuff. Always a highlight of my Monday morning.

    I also will draw your attention to the Big12 women’s conference championship out at the Dominion this weekend. It is free and you get a chance to see some of the best golfers up close and personal.

    You can find more information here:

    http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=210569788

    As you can see from the list below, a golf course or even a city have never held back-to-back Big12 women’s championship tournaments. Last year was great – this year should be even better!!

    Hope to see you there or at the VTO!

    Greg Davidson Austin 512-463-1873

    Championship History

    Year Site City Winners (M/ W) 2015 The Dominion Country Club San Antonio, Texas Baylor 2014 UT Golf Club Austin, Texas Oklahoma 2013 The Harvester Rhodes, Iowa Oklahoma State 2012 Lawrence Country Club Lawrence, Kan. Oklahoma 2011 The Club at Old Hawthorne Columbia, Mo. Texas 2010 Jimmie Austin Golf Course Norman, Okla. Texas A&M 2009 Rawls Course Lubbock, Texas Oklahoma State 2008 Karsten Creek Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State 2007 Ridgewood Country Club Waco, Texas Texas A&M 2006 Country Club of Lincoln Lincoln, Neb. Texas A&M 2005 University of Texas Golf Club Austin, Texas Oklahoma State 2004 Pebble Creek Country Club College Station, Texas Texas 2003 Country Club of Missouri Columbia, Mo. Oklahoma State 2002 Colbert Hills Manhattan, Kan. Oklahoma State 2001 The Harvester Harvester, Iowa Oklahoma State 2000 Lubbock Country Club Lubbock, Texas Oklahoma 1999 Boulder Country Club Boulder, Colo. Oklahoma State 1998 Jimmie Austin Golf Course Norman, Okla. Texas A&M 1997 Alvomar Golf and Country Club Lawrence, Kan. Texas ▼

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