Colonial activities begin with youth clinic, Hogan Award presentation

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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

When: Monday through May 25 (Tournament rounds are Thursday-Sunday)

Where: Colonial Country Club

Purse: $6.4 million

Winner’s share: $1,152,000

Defending champion: Boo Weekley

Ticket information: Tickets can be purchased online at www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com or at the official ticket outlet located on the east side of University Drive, across from University Park Village, three blocks from the course. No tickets will be sold at the course entry gates during tournament week. Public ticket prices: Champions Club badge (Wed.-Sun.), $225; Grounds badge (Wed.-Sun.), $100; Daily ticket, $45 (one-day admission, Wednesday-Sunday). Daily youth tickets (ages 13-17) are $15. Children 12 and under are free. No tickets are needed Monday or Tuesday. Tickets also can be purchased at area Tom Thumb stores.

Television: Thursday-Friday rounds (Golf Channel, 2-5 p.m.). Saturday-Sunday rounds (Golf Channel, noon-1:30 p.m.; KTVT/Ch. 11, 2-5 p.m.).

Parking: Public parking and shuttles are available at Farrington Field (University Drive & Lancaster), beginning Wednesday, and TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium, beginning Monday. Cost is $10 .Wednesday-Sunday. Monday-Tuesday parking at TCU is free.

Frost Park: New this year in 2014, the main entrance and Fan Fest will be accessed through the city park located on University Drive and Colonial Parkway next to the course. Shuttle buses will drop off and pick up spectators at this location. Live music will be presented in the park at the conclusion of play Thurs.-Sat.

Traffic flow changes: Because traffic flow will be more restricted on neighborhood streets in the Colonial areain 2014, fans are urged to use the public parking lots at TCU and Farrington Field and shuttle to events during tournament week.

New security measures: The PGA Tour has heightened security procedures at its tournament entrances. All attendees will be wanded at entrances. Review the tournament’s website for detailed information on what bags, purses and other items that are prohibited and should be left at home or in the car.

Tournament highlights: Sunday, May 18 (free admission) — Nike Youth Golf Day, 2-4 p.m. at Colonial in the Park. Park free at Farrington Field, with shuttle provided to and from the event. Monday (free admission) — Hogan Pro-Am, beginning at 10 a.m. with tee times off holes No. 1 and No. 10; Practice rounds, 3 p.m. Tuesday (free admission) — Practice rounds, all day. Wednesday — Crowne Plaza Pro-Am, morning flight begins at 6:50 a.m.; afternoon flight begins at noon. Thursday-Sunday — Tournament rounds, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Awards ceremony on 18th green after the final round.

Will Call note: The Will Call office will be located in Log Cabin Village. Patrons should go by Will Call before parking their car for the tournament. After picking up their packet, patrons should then drive to their designated parking lot. For maps and other information, go to http://www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com and click on “Spectator Info.”

Mobile Device Policy: All mobile devices must remain on silent mode at all times. Phone calls can be received or made only in designated Cell Phone Zones located on-course and identified with signage. Mobile devices may not be used for video recording at any time, and cannot be used for still photography Thursday-Sunday.

Spectator notes: The following items are prohibited on the course: large purses or bags, firearms, backpacks, clipboards, cameras (not allowed Thursday-Sunday), glass containers or alcohol. These items will be confiscated if brought to the tournament. All purses and bags will be inspected. No large bags allowed. Small stools/sports chairs are allowed.

Autograph information: Posters and autograph items larger than 8x12 inches should not be brought to the tournament. Clipboards are not allowed. Player autograph area under awning outside the players’ locker room.

For additional information: Visit www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com or call 817-927-4280.

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Weekend warriors

Colonial competitor Bo Van Pelt, who has made the cut in each of the past 10 seasons in Fort Worth, ranks among rare company in tournament consistency. Van Pelt is joined by three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame among players who never have missed a Colonial cut with at least 10 career appearances. The full list:

GolferCut survival recordTitle(s)Colonial earnings
Ben Hogan21-of-215$47,857
Gary Player17-of-170$56,118
Jack Nicklaus10-of-101$113,946
Bo Van Pelt10-of-100$1,114,566

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The PGA Tour’s Texas Two-Step through Dallas-Fort Worth will include overlapping activities at both events Sunday.

Tournament week functions begin at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, with a youth clinic and presentation of the Ben Hogan Award on the same day competitors play the final round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving.

Once the Nelson winner is crowned at the Four Seasons Resort, the focus will shift to Fort Worth, where multiple fresh wrinkles will be in play throughout Colonial week.

One of the biggest will debut during Sunday’s Nike Youth Golf Day (2-4 p.m.), with fans entering the course through Frost Park, a new entrance point for the event. Frost Park will encompass the park area east of the golf course and will feature interactive golf games, live music and other attractions throughout tournament week.

The park, sponsored by Frost Bank, also will feature a new security checkpoint, where fans will be wanded in compliance with PGA Tour guidelines. Spectators who arrive in shuttle buses during tournament week will be dropped at the park to enter the course.

That process begins with Sunday’s youth clinic. A free shuttle from Farrington Field is provided for that event. Sunday night, the winner of the Ben Hogan Award will be announced in a live ceremony at Colonial Country Club. The recipient is recognized as the top player in college golf and will receive a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the 2015 Colonial tournament.

Other notable fresh wrinkles for this year’s Colonial tournament include the selection of Tim Love, a renowned Fort Worth chef, as the exclusive on-course concessionaire and some road closures in neighborhoods near the course to help with traffic flow. Fans are urged to consult the tournament website, www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com, for information about traffic flow and parking options during tournament week.

For other information about Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop, we offer this blitz of information:

Hogan Award finalists

A pair of Stanford teammates, Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, will join Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans in nervous anticipation of Sunday’s announcement about the winner of this year’s Ben Hogan Award. All three are finalists for the honor, given annually to the nation’s top college golfer in a live awards ceremony as part of tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

All three golfers will be in Fort Worth for the announcement. All three rank among the top 10 in each of the four ranking systems for college golfers: the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Rankings.

Rodgers and Wilson are the second set of teammates selected as finalists in the same year, joining the Oklahoma State duo of Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway in 2011. Schniederjans is the first finalist from Georgia Tech.

A 24-member selection committee determines the recipient, who is judged by his performances in college tournaments (all divisions, including junior colleges) as well as amateur competitions during the past 12 months.

The winner will receive an exemption into the 2015 Colonial tournament, with scholarship grants presented to the universities of each finalist.

Regardless of the recipient, that golfer will be the first from his school to win the Hogan Award. Below is a short breakdown of each finalist:

Patrick Rodgers: The junior from Avon, Ind., also was a finalist for the 2012 Hogan Award. A five-event winner in college tournaments this season, Rodgers is the world’s top-ranked player in both the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.

Cameron Wilson: A two-time winner of college events this season, Wilson has finished in the top 15 of all 10 tournaments he has entered. He has cracked the top-5 in six of those events and is ranked No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings for collegiate players.

Ollie Schniederjans: The Georgia Tech golfer is tied with Rodgers for the NCAA Division I lead in victories this season (5). He owns a scoring average of 69.73 and has won his last three tournaments, including the ACC’s individual title.

Hogan Award winners

A look at the list of Ben Hogan Award winners crowned in Fort Worth since criteria changed for the 2001-02 season to honor the nation’s outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. This year’s recipient will be announced Sunday night in Fort Worth:

YearWinner(s)
2002D.J. Trahan, Clemson
2003Ricky Barnes, Arizona; Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State
2004Bill Haas, Wake Forest
2005Ryan Moore, UNLV
2006Matt Every, Florida
2007Chris Kirk, Georgia
2008Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State
2009Kyle Stanley, Clemson
2010Nick Taylor, Washington
2011Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State
2012Patrick Cantlay, UCLA
2013Chris Williams, Washington

Hogan Award presence in field

A look at past Hogan Award winners, along with past finalists, expected to compete this week in Fort Worth:

GolferHogan Award statusBest Colonial finish
Matt Every2006 recipientT-4 in 2013
Rickie Fowler2008 recipientT-5 in 2012
Chris Kirk2007 recipientT-5 in 2012
Jordan Spieth2012 finalistT-7 in 2013
Chris Stroud2004 finalistT-7 in 2013
Hunter Mahan2003 co-recipientT-10 in 2011
Bud Cauley2010 finalistT-14 in 2013
Kyle Stanley2009 recipientT-27 in 2010
Chris Williams2013 recipientMaking Colonial debut
Julien Brun2013 finalistMaking Colonial debut
Kevin Tway2011 finalistMaking Colonial debut

D-FW double dippers

Through the years, 14 golfers have won both of Dallas-Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stops in their careers. The most recent DFW double dip was finalized in 2009 by Fort Worth resident Rory Sabbatini. Dallas-based titles include results at both the Nelson (1968-present) and other annual tour stops in Dallas County (1944-67). All Fort Worth titles came at Colonial:

GolferNelson/Dallas titleColonial title
Rory Sabbatini20092007
Sergio Garcia20042001
Phil Mickelson19962008, 2000
Nick Price19912002, 1994
Bruce Lietzke1988, 19811992, 1980
Ben Crenshaw19831990, 1977
Tom Watson1980, ’79, ’78, ’751998
Lanny Wadkins19731989
Jack Nicklaus1971, 19701982
Bruce Devlin19691966
Roberto De Vicenzo19661957
Julius Boros19591963, 1960
Sam Snead1958, 1957, 19451950
Ben Hogan19461959, ’53, ’52, ’47, ’46

Note: In 1946, Ben Hogan became the only golfer to win both D-FW events in the same season. He won the 1946 Colonial in May and the 1946 Dallas Invitational in September.

Colonial commitments

A list of golfers who have committed to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Monday-May 25 in Fort Worth. Commitments became official Friday:

Robert Allenby, Woody Austin, Aaron Baddeley, Briny Baird, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Scott Brown, Olin Browne, Julien Brun, Jonathan Byrd, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Roberto Castro, Bud Cauley, Greg Chalmers, Kevin Chappell, Tim Clark, Keith Clearwater, Chad Collins, Franklin Corpening, Jeff Curl, Rod Curl, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brice Garnett, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Luke Guthrie, Bill Haas, Chesson Hadley, Brian Harman, David Hearn, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Trevor Immelman, Ryo Ishikawa, Freddie Jacobson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Scott Langley, Danny Lee, Richard H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Spencer Levin, David Lingmerth, Andrew Loupe, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Ben Martin, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt, George McNeill, John Merrick, Bryce Molder, Kevin Na, Seung-Yul Noh, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson, Michael Putnam, Patrick Reed, Jim Renner, Wes Roach, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Andrew Svoboda, Josh Teater, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Brendon Todd, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Kevin Tway, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Tim Wilkinson, Chris Williams, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang.

Colonial winner’s checks

The winner of the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will receive a check for $1,152,000, matching the highest individual payday in tournament history. The winner’s check awarded Sunday will be roughly equivalent to the combined prize money paid to all competitors at the first 24 Colonials (1946-70). It will dwarf the $3,000 payday given to Ben Hogan for winning the inaugural Colonial in 1946. Below is a look at winners’ paydays in Fort Worth through the years:

Year(s)Amount
2012-14$1,152,000
2009-11$1,116,000
2008$1,098,000
2006-07$1,080,000
2005$1,008,000
2004$954,000
2003$900,000
2002$774,000
2001$720,000
2000$594,000
1999$504,000
1998$414,000
1997$288,000
1996$270,000
1994-95$252,000
1992-93$234,000
1991$216,000
1989-90$180,000
1988$135,000
1986-87$108,000
1984-85$90,000
1983$72,000
1982$63,000
1979-81$54,000
1976-78$40,000
1974-75$50,000
1973$30,000
1968-72$25,000
1967$23,000
1966$22,000
1965$20,000
1964$14,000
1963$12,000
1961-62$7,000
1953-60$5,000
1952$4,000
1946-51$3,000

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