TMI Panther Scramble tournament aids student athletes

TMI_logo_20yrsThe annual Panther Scramble golf tournament of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, held April 4 at the Resort Course at La Cantera, netted more than $39,000 to benefit the school’s athletic programs, an increase beyond last year’s total.

Increased participation at a new venue, new and returning sponsors as well as a silent auction and hole contests helped raise interest as well as proceeds. An added feature this year was entertainment by REMAX World Long Drive Finalist Kody Zurek, sponsored by Charity Golf International.

TMI_pantherscrambleFirst place gross score foursome (pictured above), who won golf for four at Oak Hills Country Club, comprised Chris Kahanek, Eddie Ramon, Julian Solis and TMI senior Cole Solis, who has won three high-school tournaments so far this season. First place net score foursome, for golf for four at Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club, was made up of Jon Beitz, Rob Devlin, Clay Michel, and Doug Monaghen, TMI parent Mike Holmes won the men’s longest drive contest, and TMI Athletic Director Becky Geyer won the women’s contest.

Tournament proceeds will make it possible for the Athletic Department to purchase equipment for a new pole-vaulting program, a softball pitching machine, strength and conditioning equipment and other new or upgraded items.

“On behalf of the Athletic Department, we would like to thank all who supported Panther Scramble,” said Geyer. “Impacting the lives of our student athletes is truly a blessing.”

Panther Scramble 2014 sponsors included Frost Bank, Norton Rose Fulbright, Batchelor Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz of Boerne.

TMI offers 12 sports at both the Middle and Upper School levels, plus cheerleading in Upper School.

About TMI
Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, TMI is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding in 1893. The flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with optional Junior ROTC and boarding programs. For information, visit or call 698-7171.

$9 million raised at 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children

180x150-ValeroEach year, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children raise millions of dollars to be distributed to hundreds of children’s charities across the country.

In late March, Valero President Joe Gorder announced that the 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children raised a combined $9 million for children’s charities. The amount was announced during Gorder’s live interview with NBC Sports during tournament coverage. It puts the Valero Texas Open closer to its “Drive to $100 Million” milestone. Since its title sponsorship began in 2002, Valero has helped raise a total of $90.5 million.

“For us, this is what the tournament is all about,” Gorder said. “It’s about the hundreds of children’s charities that benefit from our efforts, and the constant support of our spectators and sponsors.”

_C5R0028T_VTOThe tournament also crowned a new champion: Steven Bowditch of Australia, earning his first PGA Tour victory and a trip to the prestigious Masters tourney.

Bowditch, who chipped in on his first two holes in Saturday’s round en route to a three-shot lead coming into Sunday, finished at 8-under par 280, in holding off Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays by one stroke. Matt Kuchar, a crowd favorite and the 11th-ranked player in the world, finished two shots back at 6-under par, and Tour stars Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson were three shots off the pace.

Besides helping Valero close in on the $100 million milestone, the $9 million raised by this year’s Valero Texas Open puts the tournament among the top charitable fundraisers on the PGA TOUR. Valero’s title sponsorship of the tournament runs through 2018, giving the Valero Texas Open the potential to continue raising many more millions of dollars for children’s charities.

“We aren’t going to stop at $100 million,” Gorder said. “It’s just a milestone.”

This is the second year that Greg Norman Production Company, a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, has overseen management of the Valero Texas Open.

“We are very proud of the success of this year’s Valero Texas Open,” said the tournament’s Executive Director, Larson Segerdahl. “This long-standing event is on the rise thanks to the support of Valero, our many corporate partners, the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and energy to this endeavor, and of course the entire San Antonio community for supporting this great San Antonio tradition.”