Jimmy Burch has covered professional golf for the Star-Telegram since 1991. He’s received state and national honors for his writing but fills his own scorecard with more bogeys than birdies when he hits the local links.
The First Tee of Fort Worth held its grand opening of the Ben Hogan Learning Center on Dec. 10. The facility is located at Rockwood Golf Course. Here is a link to some video taken at the opening ceremony:
Both Dallas-Fort Worth stops on the PGA Tour received year-end honors for their efforts in 2011, tour officials announced today. The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial received an award for “Best Special Event” in recognition of a successful pre-tournament function that included the top 100 private and public businesses in D/FW. The HP Byron Nelson Championship earned awards for “Best Advertising Campaign” and “Best Social Media Activation” for its tournament-week efforts in May.
Fort Worth resident Dan Jenkins, a renowned author and award-winning journalist, will be enshrined as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Jenkins, 82, will join the 2012 class in the Lifetime Achievement Category, officials announced today. Jenkins will be formally inducted along with Phil Mickelson and Hollis Stacy, fellow members of the 2012 class, on May 7, 2012 in St. Augustine, Fla. Hall of Fame officials will announce the final member of the 2012 class on Thursday.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem took part in today’s teleconference to announce Jenkins’ addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Finchem said Jenkins “has been a vital part of the game for more than 60 years” through his books and stories for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and _ in the beginning _ the Fort Worth Press, where Jenkins chronicled the exploits of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson in the 1950s.
Hogan and Nelson, who learned the game as teenage caddies while working at Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth, combined to win 14 major championships as professional golfers during their Hall of Fame careers (nine by Hogan, five by Nelson).
A graduate of TCU and Paschal High School, Jenkins played golf at TCU and received the 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the PGA of America.
“As a native of Fort Worth, … I’m extremely proud to keep following Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson somewhere,” Jenkins said. “Not only with my golf game, but with my typewriter.”
J.J. Killeen, a Fort Worth resident and former TCU golfer, has been selected by peers as the 2011 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year.
The announcement was made today by the PGA Tour, where Killeen will compete as a rookie in 2012.
Killeen, 30, led the Nationwide Tour in earnings ($414,273) and won back-to-back titles at the Utah Championship and the Cox Classic. The San Diego native made the cut in 21 of 25 starts last season, with six finishes of fifth or better. He ranked among the Nationwide Tour’s top 10 players in 17 of 28 statistical categories and finished first in putting average (1.703), putts per round (28.24), birdie or better conversion (36.19 pct.) and total birdies (398).
Killeen said he was “elated” by the honor and looks forward to taking his talents to the PGA Tour, where former Nationwide peer Keegan Bradley _ the 2011 PGA Tour rookie of the year _ won both the PGA Championship and the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2011.
“This has been an incredible year for me,” Killeen said. “I’m anxious to get out on the PGA Tour. Seeing what guys like Keegan Bradley ... have done gives me a great deal of confidence I will follow in their footsteps.”
In a statement, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Killeen’s breakthtrough 2011 season on the Nationwide Tour leaves him “well-positioned to succeed” as a PGA Tour rookie in 2012.
Officials at the First Tee of Fort Worth have scheduled a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday to unveil the Ben Hogan Learning Center at Rockwood Golf Course. The facility will include an indoor learning center, driving range, practice areas and a museum featuring information about Hogan’s Hall of Fame career and the history of Fort Worth golf.