Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio Help Patient Realize Dream
By TPC Staff
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Twenty-one year-old John Burch III and PGA TOUR player Adam Scott have one thing in common: Neither will ever forget the 2010 Valero Texas Open at the new TPC San Antonio. It is there that Burch had his Make-A-Wish come true of playing in the Oak Farms Dairy Charity Pro-Am, where he had the chance to play with Scott—who went on to win the Valero Texas Open on the AT&T Oaks Course.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., who currently attends the University of Alabama, Burch suffers from cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening illness that affects the lungs and pancreas. He competed in the Masters Division of the Vice Gill Junior Tour in Tennessee, where he was the 2004 recipient of the Fairfield Spirit of Golf Award for his uplifting attitude on and off the course. John dreamed of playing alongside some of his golf heroes, and his experience at TPC San Antonio did not disappoint.
Accompanied by his dad, John, Burch’s trip began with a stay at the new JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, and a surprise meeting with Sergio Garcia, who collaborated with Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Then it was on to the pro-am pairings party, where Burch was paired with Scott as well as former San Antonio Spur Sean Elliott. Joining the group were two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Being paired with not only one of his golf heroes but two military heroes truly enhanced the day.
Playing in the pro-am was a surreal experience for both Burch and his dad, who served as his caddie. Burch shot a 76, with two birdies. His is team’s score of 62 was one shot behind the pro-am winners.
“It was an incredible day of golf that John and I will both remember forever,” said Burch’s dad. “Playing with Adam Scott and Sean Elliott was awesome, and I can’t express how meaningful the entire week was for both of us. We cannot thank everyone involved enough for creating this unique opportunity for us to share together.”
The rest of the week included many special inside-the-ropes opportunities for father and son, including the opportunity to warm up on the practice facility with Scott and fellow TOUR player Ernie Els. Burch had autograph opportunities with other players, including David Duval, Ted Purdy and Frank Lickliter II, a visit to the media center and the TaylorMade fitting truck and the opportunity to view all the action from their VIP seats in the hospitality chalet on the 16th hole.
Rallying from four strokes back on the final day of play to win the title, Scott was ecstatic to win his seventh PGA TOUR championship—but no more ecstatic than Burch, who was there to cheer him on from the sidelines and take in the unique experience of being a part of a PGA TOUR tournament, memories he will relive in his mind forever.
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