Angela and Anthony Wonderly spared no expense in warming up their new home across the street from Colonial Country Club.
The Wonderlys enhanced their colonial-style home, hanging plaid bunting around the upper edge of their front balcony.
The residents on Country Club Circle usually decorate to mark the annual playing of the Tour event.
The custom-made bunting was the creation of Lone Star Banners and Flags, who put the showcase together after the Wonderlys showed them a photo of her house.
“We moved in last year right after the tournament,” Angela said. “So we had some time to think about what I wanted to do for this year’s Colonial and I think it turned out really well.”
Just two doors down, Amy and Clint Hailey had a bit different setup to mark Thursday’s first round.
It happened to coincide with the TCU baseball team’s second-round Big 12 tournament game against West Virginia.
“We have a party every year,” Mrs. Hailey said. “We always do something different and with TCU baseball playing at 4 this afternoon, it made perfect sense to make our Colonial party a TCU watch party as well.”
The setup was complete with a TCU tailgate trailer that featured two flat screen TVs and tables and chairs set up across the lawn.
The trailer is co-owned by 11 TCU graduates who bring it to every TCU home football game. The Haileys have incorporated it into their Colonial party for this year.
Making 13 lucky
Scott Brown’s hole-in-one on No. 13 in the first round was incredibly unlucky. Not just for him, but perhaps 13 lucky fans this weekend.
That’s because Crowne Plaza isn’t offering $1 million for the first ace on 13 until Saturday and Sunday.
Not only did Brown miss out with his early tournament effort, but should he or another player be the first to duplicate it over the weekend, Crowne Plaza will split the million between charities and 13 lucky Colonial patrons.
The first player to ace will trigger a third of the million donated to the IHG Shelter in a Storm charity, the player’s charity of choice and the rest split between 13 fans who sign on to IHG’s Wi-Finetwork at the course, through Twitter or at home.
Among the fan winners, 12 will come on-site and one from those who sign on remotely.
For complete contest rules and how to sign up, visit: http:
Fine as wine
The Beringer Wine Tasting Bar has returned for its second year at Colonial in its prime spot just beyond the No. 10 tee box.
Wine lovers as well as those who are wanting to avoid big crowds surrounding No. 13 have their choice of four wines priced at $12 per glass.
The booth is being manned by volunteers Anthony and Roxanne McKee with all of the tips and a portion of the sales benefiting the Arlington High School Colts Football Booster club.
“It is fun being out here at Colonial,” Roxanne said. “I think we have a good location and have had people remark today that it is nice and somewhere that is not quite as crowded.”
The wine options are Knights Valley Cabernet, Napa Valley Merlot, Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Sauvignon Blanc. The wine bar is one of 14 that Beringer will feature on this year’s PGA Tour.
The cool spot
Cadillac is cooling Colonial patrons for the 32nd year in the 10th hole Cadillac Lounge.
The lounge is a popular spot with two large air conditioners and an interior designed by Sterling Renovations.
While there are six Cadillacs on display inside and out of the lounge, fans can also sample cigars from Sabino Sotello and bourbon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The three types of bourbon are Bulleit, Bulleit Rye and Crown XO and guests may try one of each flavor.
— Jay Betsill contributed to this report