“I started swinging a golf club when I was 3 years old,” recalls Marty Leonard, whose father, Marvin Leonard, founded Colonial Country Club in 1936. Marvin and Marty were the first father and daughter to be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, but their close bond went beyond a shared love of the game. “My father was an exceptional man by anyone’s standards, a visionary who could not only look ahead, but could and did complete his visions, both as a businessman and golf course builder,” she says.
The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational ends today at the Colonial Country Club
Marty learned to play golf with excellent instruction – rubbing elbows with the likes of The Babe, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and other legends – and credits the game with teaching her valuable life skills, such as managing her temper, and the importance of integrity, patience and hard work. These are values her father encouraged in her with his signature understated and loving manner.
“As a father he gave me a lot, but not too much, and always taught me to value and appreciate what I was given. He took my clubs away from me when I was a teenager for throwing a club; lesson learned,” she quips.
Today, Marty is recognized as a pillar of the Fort Worth community, whose dedicated philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to many. “I observed all my father gave back to the community. He did his work not wanting or expecting recognition,” she adds. “I have been very blessed in so many ways, so I consider it not only an obligation, but a privilege to give back to the community that I love.”
It is clear that among Marvin Leonard’s many gifts to the community, his daughter, Marty, is one of the greatest.
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