Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial-related activities begin on Sunday — a full week before the champion is crowned after the final round on May 25.
Tournament-related activities will begin with the Nike Youth Golf Day on Sunday (2-4 p.m.), with fans entering through the new course entrance at Frost Park. PGA Tour pro Chris Williams is hosting the free youth clinic at the Colonial driving range.
The first 500 kids will receive a goody bag and all youth ages 13-17 will receive a free one-day tournament ticket for the weekend (youth 12 and under attend the tournament free on any day).
A free shuttle from Farrington Field, located at University Drive and Lancaster, is provided for the event.
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Later that night, the Ben Hogan Award will be announced in a live ceremony at Colonial Country Club. The recipient, recognized as the top player in college golf, will receive a sponsor’s exemption to compete in next year’s tournament.
Next Wednesday, May 21, Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS, will take part in the pro-am. Fans who wear KISS makeup to the course that day are eligible to receive Champions Club badges when spotted by Colonial’s social media caddies on the course. For more information, visit facebook.com/Colonial.
Also next week, the Frost Park concert series will be held at the new Frost Park.
Admission is free.
The lineup includes Pardi Gras on Thursday, Reckless Kelly on Friday and Old 97’s on Saturday. There will be a warmup band at 7 each night followed by the headliners.
Seung Yul-Noh, winner of last month’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, is among the latest group of golfers to commit to play in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 19-25 in Fort Worth. Noh, 22, became the fifth golfer from South Korea to win a PGA Tour event when he prevailed April 27 in New Orleans.
Also among the latest crop of Colonial commitments are Andrew Svoboda, Robert Streb, John Merrick and Scott Langley. Svoboda and Streb were the runner-ups to Noh in New Orleans, finishing two strokes off the pace.
Crowne Plaza Invitational
When: Sunday 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 (Golf Channel, 2-5 p.m.). Saturday-Sunday (Golf Channel, Noon-1:30 p.m.; KTVT/Ch. 11, 2-5 p.m.)
Parking: Public parking is available at Farrington Field (University Drive & Lancaster), beginning Wednesday, and TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium, beginning Monday. Cost is $10 per day at both locations, Wednesday-Sunday. Cost includes round-trip shuttle bus service to and from Colonial. Monday-Tuesday parking at TCU is free. Note: The TCU lot tends to fill quickly during tournament rounds.
Bike parking: On Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, bike riders can take the Trinity Trails to the tournament and enjoy free bike parking at the Star-Telegram Green Gate, benefiting Streams & Valleys. For each bicycle parked, the tournament donates $10 to Streams & Valleys. Non-motorized bicycles only.
Frost Park: New 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 Thursday-Saturday.
Traffic flow changes: Because traffic flow will be more restricted on neighborhood streets in the Colonial area in 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 bags, purses and other items that are prohibited and should be left at home or in the car.
Tournament highlights: Sunday (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 following final round.
Special guest: Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS, will take part in the Wednesday pro-am at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Fans who wear KISS make-up to the course that day are eligible to receive Champions Club badges when spotted by Colonial’s social media caddies on the course. For more information, visit facebook.com/Colonial.
Will Call: 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 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 8 x 12 inches should not be brought to the tournament. Clipboards are not allowed. The player autograph area is under the awning outside the players’ locker room.
For additional information: Visit www.crowneplazainvitational.com or call 817-927-4280.