Popular PGA TOUR event returns with new energy and purpose
HOUSTON (January 30, 2018) – Houston Golf Association will once again tee off the Houston Open, March 26-April 1, 2018, at Golf Club of Houston. A 71-year tradition and popular event, Houston Open will make Houston the focal point in the broadcast and fan experience with an all-star, international player field including defending champion Russell Henley.
The Houston Open has been on the PGA TOUR schedule since 1946 and is a staple of the Houston community. Each year, the tournament provides a world-wide stage to showcase one of America’s great metropolises while acting as a charity engine that has raised more than $70 million for youth and charity. Tournament proceeds totaling $2.3 million from 2017 was put to work in Houston’s communities, funding programs like The First Tee of Greater Houston.
“We are grateful for the community’s continued support for the Houston Open because our longevity and charitable impact has always been reliant on the support from fans, sponsors, local organizations and the Greater Houston Region,” said Steve Timms, tournament director of the Houston Open and president and CEO of Houston Golf Association. “It is with perseverance and determination that the Houston Golf Association fulfills its promise to make a difference in Greater Houston and in the lives of youth through the Houston Open once again for 2018.”
In the 71-year existence of the Houston Golf Association, the not-for-profit 501c (3) organization has hosted the Houston Open to support a wide range of charities with a focus on youth. As the city continues to face the challenges of post-Hurricane Harvey recovery, Houston Golf Association will effectively sponsor the Houston Open with support from the PGA TOUR in 2018 and use the opportunity to show the world the strength and vibrancy of a city with limitless opportunities.
The Houston Open draws a tremendous fan following on television and online and is broadcast to a global audience of more than 1 billion households. The event’s popularity has made it one of the longest-running events on the PGA TOUR, with the first Houston Open culminating in Byron Nelson defeating Ben Hogan with a two-stroke victory. That tradition has carried forward with the world’s top players in the game competing to earn a place in history. Once again, the 2018 Houston Open will deliver one of the top fields of the PGA TOUR season, comprised of the top ranked players from around the world.
The 2018 Houston Open will be played the week of March 26- April 1 at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Tickets and future player information will be available at houstonopen.org.
About Houston Golf Association
Houston Golf Association (HGA) and its member volunteers make a difference for Houston communities and their youth through golf, outreach programs, events and fundraising. Founded in 1946, HGA is a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c (3) organization and host organization to the Houston Open. Houston Golf Association operates The First Tee of Greater Houston reaching 350,000 youth annually and HGA Junior Golf, hosts amateur golf events and works with the City of Houston to restore municipal golf courses and amenities. For more information, go to www.hga.org.