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Astros Golf Foundation And PGA TOUR Announce Texas Children’s As The Title Sponsor For The Houston Open
Texas Children’s will be the title sponsor of the Houston Open for five years, from 2024-2028
HOUSTON, Texas and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The Astros Golf Foundation and the PGA TOUR announced today that Texas Children’s, the largest pediatric and women’s health system in the nation headquartered in Houston, will serve as title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Houston Open in a new five-year agreement beginning in 2024 and running through 2028. The Texas Children’s Houston Open will return to the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup schedule in spring of 2024.
Texas Children’s has been a great supporter of the Houston Open, serving as a community partner for the past two years.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with Texas Children’s as the title sponsor for the Houston Open,” said Jim Crane, Houston Astros Owner and Chairman. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner as we continue our mission of giving back to the greater Houston community. Aligning their values with the efforts of our Astros Golf Foundation provides a special opportunity for both organizations to continue to give back to our community, to grow the game of golf, and to provide a platform to help those most in need.”
The Texas Children’s Houston Open, which was most recently played in November 2022 and won by World No. 12 Tony Finau, will return to a spring date, March 25-31, 2024 for the first time since 2018. As the PGA TOUR returns to a calendar-year schedule in 2024, the event will not be held in 2023.
“As we embark upon our landmark 70th anniversary, Texas Children’s is incredibly proud to extend our longstanding partnership with Jim Crane, the Houston Astros and the Astros Golf Foundation as the title sponsor for the Houston Open,” said Mark A. Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children’s. “We are beyond excited to be a part of this monumental sporting event and want to thank Jim and his team for all they’ve done to make this dream a reality. We can’t wait to see the wonderful impact the Texas Children’s Houston Open will have on the City of Houston.”
The Astros Golf Foundation, led by Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane, has operated and served as the host organization for the event since 2018. The Astros Golf Foundation completed a $34 million renovation to Memorial Park Golf Course and has hosted the tournament in the heart of the city since 2020.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, we are thankful to Texas Children’s for their commitment to one of the TOUR’s legacy events in the Houston Open, a tournament that dates back to 1946,” said PGA TOUR President Tyler Dennis. “The Houston Open has played a significant role in shaping the PGA TOUR TOUR’s history through its competitive lineage with golf’s greats playing and winning the event as well as an unwavering commitment to bettering the community. This partnership between the Astros Golf Foundation and Texas Children’s has the opportunity to take the tournament to new heights, most notably in its ability to impact the lives of families in Houston and throughout Texas.”
The PGA TOUR’s Houston Open is the single largest fundraiser for The Astros Foundation - and it also benefits the City of Houston, the Memorial Park Conservancy, the First Tee of Greater Houston and countless local charities.
The Houston Open was first played in 1946 and has been won by golf legends including Texas-native Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Payne Stewart and Fred Couples. Memorial Park Golf Course hosted the Houston Open for the first time in 1947 and again from 1951-1963 before returning as host in 2020 after a major renovation led by the Astros Golf Foundation.
The 2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open will be televised domestically on NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock, and PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+.
For more information on the 2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open, visit www.tchouopen.com.
Currently, tickets are on sale for the 2024 tournament, both venue hopper and general admission, only as a part of two different 2023 Father’s Day packages. For more information and to purchase, visit, www.tchouopen.com/fathersday.
ABOUT TEXAS CHILDREN'S
Texas Children’s, a nonprofit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The system includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org.
ABOUT THE ASTROS GOLF FOUNDATION
The Astros Golf Foundation was formed in 2018 after Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane agreed to take control of the long-standing Houston Open tournament. The Astros Golf Foundation was established with three key objectives: to ensure that the PGA TOUR event remained in Houston; to bring the tournament back to its glory and into the heart of the city; to provide much-needed resources and funds to the citizens and community of Houston through park improvements, charitable fundraising, and investment in youth programs.
The Astros Golf Foundation’s goal is to make the Houston Open a premier tournament on tour by engaging more fans, creating memorable experiences beyond the game of golf, enticing a competitive field of elite golfers to compete annually, and delivering up to $90 million annually in a positive economic impact to the city of Houston.
To bring the course up to PGA TOUR standards and provide the improvements for the general public to enjoy, in January of 2019, the Astros Golf Foundation began work on a $34 million renovation of the Memorial Park Golf Course and related facilities. World-renowned golf course architect Tom Doak oversaw the renovation with consultation from golf superstar Brooks Koepka. In 2020, for the first time in 57 years, the Houston Open was held in the heart of Houston at Memorial Park Golf Course.
In addition to completely rebuilding the golf course, the renovation included the creation of an environmentally sustainable water re-use and irrigation system that utilizes captured storm water for golf course irrigation, a re-designed and expanded driving range with a two-tiered hitting structure, a new maintenance facility, construction of a short course for First Tee participants, a new STEM education center for kids, and a new tennis complex.
As stewards of the Houston Open, Jim Crane and the Astros Golf Foundation are committed to growing the Houston Open, celebrating the game of golf, and serving the community and the people of Houston.
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