Daughter, Fort Worth hold sway for Tom Lehman

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Tom Lehman, the 1995 Colonial champion, decided to play in Fort Worth this week as a birthday present for his daughter, Rachael Lehman, who turns 23 next Thursday.

Lehman chose Colonial over the Senior PGA Championship this week at famed Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. But the decision isn’t as shocking as it seems.

Rachael Lehman fell in love with Fort Worth as a kid and came to Colonial with her family as an annual PGA Tour stop for dad.

When it came time to select a college, the visit to the TCU campus simply confirmed all that she wanted to know.

“I chose TCU because I love Fort Worth and I love Colonial,” she said. “It was actually very last minute; I visited here in April, and afterward, I just knew I wanted to come here because everyone is so nice and they make you feel so comfortable.”

While Rachael will graduate in December with a degree in broadcast journalism, this week she is volunteering at the Colonial media center with duties ranging from handling the microphones during news conferences to interacting with patrons.

Her biggest contribution, though, was unofficial recruiter in swaying her father to play Colonial.

“At first he was not sure with the Senior PGA being this week,” she said. “But he loves coming here and he loves this tournament.”

With time winding down at TCU , Rachael said she hopes to stay in Fort Worth and handle event planning for a professional sports team.

As for this week, she is focused only on one thing: Pops playing the weekend.

Jenkins honored

A display honoring the career of longtime Fort Worth scribe Dan Jenkins was erected last month in the Colonial clubhouse.

Jenkins, famous as a revered golf author and infamous for a standing feud with Tiger Woods, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year in the Lifetime Achievement Category.

The display includes various photos of Jenkins with Ben Hogan, Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus and George H.W. Bush, copies of his books, including Dead Solid Perfect and one of Jenkins’ prehistoric typewriters.

Jenkins tweets from time to time about his non-relationship with Woods, but the respect of the majority of golf’s icons is clear.

The world No. 1 player’s management team refuses to approve Jenkins’ continued requests for one-on-one interview time.

Needless to say, a photo of Jenkins and Tiger Woods is not present.

Buffalo sliders

Ryan Palmer and wife, Jennifer, helped the PGA Tour with its celebration of the Tour Wives Association by offering up Buffalo-style blue cheese sliders to the media Thursday.

It’s one of the Palmers’ favorite recipes included in the book Beyond Fairways and Greens: A look inside the lives of PGA Tour families.

“I do grill these, but I don’t like blue cheese,” Palmer said. “I’m a big fan of the grill, and I’m confident I make a pretty good steak.”

The 384-page book includes 134 recipes submitted by the families of players that stretch back as far as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The book retails for $50 with proceeds going to charity.

“Pretty remarkable what the wives do; a lot of people outside of the golf world don’t realize what they put up with, what stubborn old golfers we are,” Palmer said. “From a charity standpoint, the wives do some unbelievable things.”

Visser speaks

CBS’ Lesley Visser spoke with 200 local female executives Tuesday at the Astellas Pharmaceutical Luncheon at Colonial. The PGA Tour, along with Astellas, has initiated a program aimed at promoting overall health and well-being.

The 200 female executives who attended the event on Tuesday were given copies of the cookbook Beyond Fairways and Greens: A look inside the lives of PGA Tour families. The tournament purchased the books with them as a gift for the women with the money going to the charity.

Kevin Casas contributed to this report.

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