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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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