Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving and Grand Prairie Reporter
The HP Byron Nelson Championship tees off in less than two months at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving but last year's champion is already helping start the new season.
Last year's HP Byron Nelson champion was back in North Texas on Thursday to start the season.
Jason Dufner spent Thursday morning in a Dallas classroom, joining in exercises with third-graders.
"It's been awhile since I've been in this school setting, so it's kind of fun to come back and learn what these kids are learning about," he said.
The money raised from the annual HP Byron Nelson Championship helps 7,000 kids and family members, said Michelle Kinder, Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers executive director.
"The Nelson is an incredible example of a community coming together," she said. "[It] eally can't be underestimated how significant it is beyond just being a fundraiser."
Dufner said he enjoyed being a part of the celebrations and looks forward to defending his title in May.
"We've got the first major at Augusta in a couple of weeks and this is kind of the busy part of the season, so I'm looking to starting it off and continuing to play well," he said.
The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played from May 13-19 at the TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas.