May 17, 2014

Colonial activities begin with youth clinic, Hogan Award presentation

Top college golfer will be recognized in Fort Worth

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,, 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:

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

Golfer Hogan Award status Best Colonial finish
Matt Every 2006 recipient T-4 in 2013
Rickie Fowler 2008 recipient T-5 in 2012
Chris Kirk 2007 recipient T-5 in 2012
Jordan Spieth 2012 finalist T-7 in 2013
Chris Stroud 2004 finalist T-7 in 2013
Hunter Mahan 2003 co-recipient T-10 in 2011
Bud Cauley 2010 finalist T-14 in 2013
Kyle Stanley 2009 recipient T-27 in 2010
Chris Williams 2013 recipient Making Colonial debut
Julien Brun 2013 finalist Making Colonial debut
Kevin Tway 2011 finalist Making 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:

Golfer Nelson/Dallas title Colonial title
Rory Sabbatini 2009 2007
Sergio Garcia 2004 2001
Phil Mickelson 1996 2008, 2000
Nick Price 1991 2002, 1994
Bruce Lietzke 1988, 1981 1992, 1980
Ben Crenshaw 1983 1990, 1977
Tom Watson 1980, ’79, ’78, ’75 1998
Lanny Wadkins 1973 1989
Jack Nicklaus 1971, 1970 1982
Bruce Devlin 1969 1966
Roberto De Vicenzo 1966 1957
Julius Boros 1959 1963, 1960
Sam Snead 1958, 1957, 1945 1950
Ben Hogan 1946 1959, ’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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