The Buzz: Colonial plays tribute to G.J. Post’s 55 years as a volunteer

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The loudest ovation heard all day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial wasn’t for a player, but for 82-year-old G.J. Post, who was honored for 55 consecutive years of service as a volunteer. He received a pin with five diamonds and a half emerald chip, and a rousing round of applause from his fellow volunteers.

But he says the tournament has given him much more over the years.

A Fort Worth native, Post has done just about every volunteer job over his half-century-plus at the course. This year he’s a starter. “That’s kind of a cushy job,” he says, smiling.

One of his favorite memories was in 2008 when Phil Mickelson made birdie from the trees to win. He says he isn’t much of a golfer himself and “carried the highest handicap in the club” for many years.

He loves Colonial and will keep coming back as long as he can. “This is my hometown and things like Colonial and the Fat Stock Show are what make Fort Worth so unique,” he says. “It just keeps getting better every year.”

Red attire

The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is encouraging fans to wear red Sunday in support of victims of the recent storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

The Colonial will also be collecting donations with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. There will be donation stations set up around the course.

“One of the things we love the most about this tournament is being involved in giving back to the communities in which we operate,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president of America’s Brand Management, Crowne Plaza.

“We wanted to get fans involved in helping us support the communities affected by the storms, and we thought having everyone wear red on Sunday in support of the American Red Cross was a great way to do that.”

Some of the golfers said they will don red today as well in support, but don’t expect former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler to be draped in Sooner red.

“I totally support what they are doing, but there’s no way I’m wearing red tomorrow,” Fowler said while laughing after his even-par third round Saturday.

Fowler, who said earlier this week that he’d match up to $100,000 worth of donations made by Colonial fans, added that he’d wear a red ribbon in support.

Chilling discovery

The coolest spot at this week’s Colonial is the 20-foot long Cool Seats bench inside the Crowne Plaza Lounge that is located to the right of the 10th fairway.

Cool Seats, the brainchild of Athletic Recovery Zone president Brian Cothren, is based in northeast Florida.

Cothren came up with the design in conjunction with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars after some of the players were having overheating issues. Since the team did not have an indoor practice facility, the trainer came to Cothren with the problem, and he delivered this solution.

“It’s a big game changer. We did Texas A&M’s first SEC game against Florida,” Cothren said. “Florida didn’t want to use them and they regretted it. They had eight players with heat-related issues who missed a couple of series, and Texas A&M had zero heat-related issues.”

Cool Seats made its PGA Tour debut with a 100-foot-long spectator bench at last year’s Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and that got its foot in the door at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving.

This is the first year for Cool Seats at the Colonial, and the company is already looking to expand its presence at next year’s tournament.

Park it and lock it

The clandestine program that is neighborhood parking at Colonial is a hush-hush affair.

Not too many homeowners or lot attendants would go on record to discuss the best way to park your car near Colonial’s main entrance. But The Buzz caught up with two enterprising ladies off Colonial drive and discovered a consortium of independent contractors working in cahoots.

“It’s about supply and demand,” one insider said. “We don’t have the space or yard to handle the big rigs or SUVs, but we typically just send them down a couple of houses.”

No doubt the venture is a fruitful one as another homeowner said she was paying for books and supplies for summer school. Generally, parking in and around the various neighborhoods is around $10 to $40 during the week and upwards of $60 on the weekend.

Jarret Johnson and Kevin Casas contributed to this report.

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