Shell Oil Company extends title sponsorship in Houston

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April 27, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Shell Oil Company, the PGA TOUR and the Houston Golf Association (HGA) announced today a five year extension of the Shell title sponsorship for the Shell Houston Open through the 2017 tournament.

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"I am pleased and proud that Shell will continue to be the title sponsor of the Houston Open," said Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company. "To me, this is much more than just a golf tournament. It is an opportunity for us to give back to the city and citizens of Houston through charitable contributions."

Since Shell became the tournament sponsor, the HGA has contributed more than $50 million to regional charities. Last year, the Shell Houston Open, along with other golf-related fundraising activities by the HGA, generated $2,145,000 for charity.

"We are thrilled that Shell will continue its longstanding support of the Shell Houston Open," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "Shell has been a terrific partner of the PGA TOUR and Houston Golf Association and has contributed significantly to the tournament's growth and charitable and economic impact in the Houston area."

The Shell Houston Open is the 10th oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR and Shell has been the title sponsor since 1992, the third-longest running tournament sponsor on TOUR.

"Shell Oil Company has given our event great stability and its support has enabled our organization to continue to positively impact the lives of young people every year," said Steve Timms, president and CEO of the Houston Golf Association.

The Shell Houston Open dates back to 1946, when legendary Texans Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan battled for the title, with Nelson winning by two strokes at River Oaks Country Club. The tournament has been held at Redstone Golf Club since 2003. Anthony Kim is the defending champion.

Synonymous with professional golf since its landmark television series Shell's Wonderful World of Golf first aired from 1962-1970 and from 1994-2003, Shell has remained steadfast in its involvement with the sport. It is the sole Founding Partner of the World Golf Foundation, which oversees the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., and is also the founding corporate partner for The First Tee, a WGF outreach program that has brought the game of golf and its values to millions of children worldwide.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 100,000 people and operating in more than 100 countries and territories.

About Houston Golf Association

HGA, a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c (3) organization, uses golf promotion to generate funds that can help worthy causes make a difference in our community. A prolific charitable fundraiser, bolstered by a strong group of volunteers, the HGA has generated more than $53.1 million for local charity through its golf-related activities since 1974.

In addition to making sure the funds generated by the Shell Houston Open are put to work locally in a diverse manner, the HGA annually funds six core charities. It also underwrites the costs of a junior golf tournament program and The First Tee of Greater Houston. Find out more about these HGA programs by visiting their respective web pages.

Since 1946 the HGA has brought high profile professional and amateur golf events to the Greater Houston Area. Visit www.hga.org.

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