Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award

Beginning in 2015, the Valero Texas Open recognized an outstanding volunteer to receive the Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year Award. Tom Mabe was a longtime volunteer who worked with players, fans, and officials for decades as a proud VTO volunteer. Tom was an American hero, retired from the US Army after being stationed in Germany and serving in Korea and Vietnam. Tom passed away during tournament week in 2014 and will be sorely missed, but remembered, at all future Valero Texas Open tournaments.

Tom always had a positive attitude and was truly a team player- willing and happy to take on any tasks or duties that were asked of him. He was passionate about the tournament and even more so of the charities that the VTO supports. Tom took pride in all that he did and was eager to pitch in any way he could.

The Volunteer of the Year Award has been named in Tom Mabe’s honor and each TLC committee has the opportunity to nominate a volunteer from their respective committee that is worthy of recognition - who embodies the same character, spirit, and passion as Tom Mabe including his dedication, commitment, passion, charity, character, sacrifice & leadership.

Volunteer of the Year Recipients


Jenny Fischer embodies the essence and true passion of volunteerism and has worked as a part of the Pro/VIP Shuttles committee, amongst a few other committees, over the past twenty-three years. Many returning volunteers within Pro/VIP shuttles say she is a contributing factor for their annual return to volunteer.


Barbara Zakrison has worked as a part of the Volunteer Services committee for over seven years. She is caring and considerate with everyone she interacts with, making each person she connects with feel special. Her polite demeanor makes her a joy to be around.


Lisa Leong has worked as a part of the Hospitality committee for several years. Her inviting disposition comes with a smile and good spirit as she is willing to help anyone she encounters. She even takes a week’s worth of vacation from work to volunteer her time and talent each year during tournament week.


Gerry Hagar embodies the essence and true spirit of volunteerism. Several Volunteer of the Year nominations were submitted in support of Hagar, who has worked as a part of the Pro-VIP Shuttle committee for several years. He exhibited incredible selflessness, commitment, willingness to assist in any situation and despite the long hours of volunteering seven days straight, from sun-up to sun-down during tournament week, maintained a wonderful sense of humor.


Greg Brueland was awarded the inaugural Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year award. Greg, who worked on the 13th hole as part of the Gallery Control committee, was awarded the honor for his “selflessness and mentorship to other volunteers.” Words used to describe Greg included passion, enthusiasm, and his invaluable help was contagious.

2021 Criteria & Process

Recipients will be selected by the Mabe family, the Tournament Leadership Council (not eligible for award), and Staff Members following the 2021 Valero Texas Open.

Each committee will designate a volunteer of the year from their team that will then be nominated to run for the VTO Volunteer of the Year. The recipient will be selected by the Mabe family, the Tournament Leadership Council, and Staff Members following the 2021 VTO. All committee Volunteer of Year winners will be able to attend the annual TLC Banquet, where the winner will be announced.

  • Nominations are accepted now – May 1

Committee Volunteers of the Year will receive:

  • An invitation to the TLC banquet with the option to bring a guest
  • Complimentary registration/premium parking for the following Valero Texas Open
  • Commemorative Volunteer of the Year pin.

In addition to the committee awards, the Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year recipient will receive:

  • A Tom Mabe Volunteer of the Year trophy
  • Two (2) night stay with spa package at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
  • $1,000 donation to a charity of choice

Become a Volunteer

The Valero Texas Open wouldn’t be possible without the more than 2,000 volunteers that help put on the tournament. Because of their efforts, the Valero Texas Open is able to raise significant amounts of money for charity... a record-breaking $16M in 2021. Please help us give back to the community by becoming a volunteer.

Jenny Fischer, 2019 Recipient
Jenny Fischer, 2019 Recipient
Barbara Zakrison, 2018 Recipient
Lisa Leong, 2017 Recipient
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Tom Mabe