Mike Rushing, general manager of Colonial Country Club, played his first games of golf in a field across the street from his childhood home. “There were several U.S. Opens won in that field,” Rushing said, laughing.
Recognizing his son’s early love of golf, Rushing’s father wanted to ensure that he understood the value of earning his way to the golf course. “It took a while before I was allowed to play on an actual golf course,” he said. “The first time I saw Pecan Valley, I thought it looked like Augusta National.”
As a young boy, Ben Hogan would leave school to sell newspapers or caddy to help his single mother put food on their table.
Despite his own difficult circumstances, Hogan placed immense value on the importance of education. The Ben Hogan Foundation honors this legacy through a number of programs, including its longstanding support of First Tee of Fort Worth, a youth development program that teaches life skills and leadership through golf.
The Colonial community welcomes thousands of fans to the neighborhood each May, and nothing says hospitality like a glass of fresh lemonade. Before they became Colonial Kids for a Cause, they were kids with a lemonade stand. A testament to this community’s values, their parents empowered them to think bigger and encouraged them to donate their proceeds to those in need.
“Golf is one of those rare sports where you don’t have a referee. You call a penalty on yourself and you keep your own score. It’s a game of integrity and it’s a game where you have to be accountable,” said Robert Stennett, CEO of the Ben Hogan Foundation.
These attributes – honesty, integrity, self-determination – describe the very man the foundation honors and the legacy it is committed to preserving.
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For 22 years, Johnny Baylor has been the smiling face that welcomes visitors as they step out of their cars at Colonial Country Club. And, with Danny Sumberlin by his side for the past eight years, Baylor has made it his mission to put a smile on the face of every member that pulls up to the valet.
“The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight,” said the late Ben Hogan.
I’ll second that!
The more time we have to spend soaking up the magnificent atmosphere surrounding the beautiful Colonial Country Club this time of year, the better.
Bobby Patton is many things. He is a highly successful businessman with oil and gas properties in Texas and Kansas plus investments in ranching and insurance. He and his wife, Sherri, are generous supporters of Fort Worth charities, particularly those that serve children.
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Where do you watch the action when you’re at the Colonial Invitational? The Colonial Invitational – in its inaugural year as the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational – begins May 23 at Colonial Country Club.
If you’re not at Hole 13, you’re not at the party. At 171 yards, 13 is the shortest hole on the Colonial Country Club course and one of the most difficult. Time and again the challenge sets back even the most skilled golfers. Double bogeys and worse are not uncommon.
We’re counting down the days with tributes to some of the tournament’s invaluable volunteers. The Colonial Invitational – in its inaugural year as the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational – begins May 23 at Colonial Country Club.
Steve Gray has been offered many positions in his 20 years volunteering at the Colonial Golf Tournament, but has never been tempted to give up what he calls the best volunteer job at the tournament. As director of the Pro-Am competition, Gray manages 12 assistants and 80 volunteers and spends about eight months planning the event each year. But, he said, “It’s all about having a good time.”