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.
Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will distribute a record $60,000 to recipients at Monday’s Ben Hogan Award banquet. Tournament officials will present a $25,000 grant to the winner’s school and $12,500 grants to the universities of the other two finalists. The remaining $10,000 in donations will go to support college golf and to a charity selected by keynote speaker Corey Pavin, a two-time Colonial champ. The three finalists for the 2013 Ben Hogan Award are TCU’s Julien Brun, California’s Michael Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams.
Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will make a $30,000 donation to The First Tee of Fort Worth in the name of the late Pat Summerall, a former CBS broadcaster who worked multiple Colonial tournaments, during Saturday of their event in Fort Worth. Colonial tournament chairman Bobby Patton will make the presentation to honor Summerall, best known as a legendary NFL broadcaster, during the telecast of the third round.
Lance Barrow, a Fort Worth native and CBS’ coordinating producer for golf telecasts, applauded the move. He said Summerall, a longtime Southlake resident, “loved this golf tournament … and all the places around here. This will be a great thing that will continue his name.”
Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial have announced a sellout for next week’s Astellas Executive Women’s Day on May 21 of tournament week.
The first-year event, part of a PGA Tour initiative to introduce golf to female decision-makers in business while promoting health and wellness issues, includes a Tuesday breakfast and luncheon during tournament week. CBS Sports reporter Lesley Visser will be the keynote speaker for the lunch, set for 12:30 p.m. on May 21 at Colonial.
Colonial is one of 17 tour stops that will feature an Executive Women’s Day this season. The goal is to expand the initiative to all tour stops by the 2015 season.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the plan is to “enhance the tournament experience for women and engage women in a meaningful and productive way in our tournament markets.”
Kyle Stanley and Ryan Moore, two past winners of the Ben Hogan Award, have joined the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Stanley won the award, given annually in Fort Worth to the top player in college golf, when he played for Clemson in 2009. Moore, a former UNLV player, was honored in 2005.
TCU golfer Julien Brun, a three-time winner of college tournaments this season, has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2013 Ben Hogan Award, given to the nation’s top college golfer.
Brun, a sophomore from Antibes, France who turned heads by winning a 2012 European Challenge Tour event while competing as an amateur, was joined on today’s list of finalists by California’s Michael Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams.
Brun, a semifinalist last year, is the first TCU golfer to be chosen as a Hogan Award finalist by members of the selection committee. He will join Kim and Williams, also semifinalists for last year’s Hogan Award, at the May 20 announcement of the winner in Fort Worth during tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
An All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection, Brun has posted eight top-10 finishes in 11 college events in the past year, including a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Selection committee members consider a golfer’s performances in college and amateur events over the past 12 months when voting for the winner.
Brun, who became the sixth amateur to defeat professionals in a European Challenge Tour event at the 2012 Allianz Open Toulouse, is on pace to set the TCU record for lowest season scoring average (70.45). He ranks fourth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is third among college players in the Golfstat Cup.
But his fellow finalists also offer lofty credentials.
Kim, a sophomore, is the top-ranked college player in both the Golfstat Cup and the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. He has won four college events this season and was selected Tuesday as the Pac-12 Player of the year. In 12 college tournaments, Kim has yet to finish below 11th in any event this season.
Williams, a senior, is the top-ranked player in both the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the Scratch Players World Rankings. He received the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur and is slated to play in both the 2013 U.S. Open and 2013 British Open. But Williams is winless in 10 college events this season, although he has three runner-up finishes and seven top-10 placements.
Before Brun reached the finals in balloting for the 2013 Hogan Award, the best finish by a TCU golfer had been two semifinals appearances: Brun in 2012 and Adam Rubinson, a Fort Worth Paschal graduate, in 2003.
As of today, there are 98 golfers on the updated commtiment list for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Below is the most recent list:
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial commitments
A list of golfers who have committed to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Commitments are not official until Friday, May 17:
Fulton Allem, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Charles Beljian, Jonas Blixt, Scott Brown, Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, Patrick Cantlay, Bud Cauley, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Keith Clearwater, Erik Compton, Franklin Corpening, Ben Crane, John Daly, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Bob Estes, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Rickie Fowler, Steven Fox, David Frost, Jim Furyk, Tommy Gainey, Robert Garrigus, Brian Gay, Tom Gillis, Lucas Glover, Luke Guthrie, James Hahn, David Hearn, Russell Henley, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Charley Hoffman, Billy Horschel, John Huh, Freddie Jacobson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Richard H. Lee, Tom Lehman, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, David Lingmerth, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Troy Matteson, William McGirt, John Merrick, Bryce Molder, Seung-Yul Nol, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, John Peterson, Carl Pettersson, D.A. Points, Ted Potter Jr., Dicky Pride, Kyle Reifers, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler, Scott Stallings, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Streelman, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Josh Teater, Michael Thompson, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker, Boo Weekley, Charlie Wi, Casey Wittenberg, Y.E. Yang.
Derek Ernst, winner of Sunday’s playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship, joined Billy Horschel, winner of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, among Monday’s latest wave of commitments to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth.
Other fresh commitments Monday included Tim Clark, Bud Cauley, Erik Compton, Russell Henley, Richard H. Lee and Pat Perez. Past champions Tom Lehman (1995) and Fulton Allem (1993) also have added their names to the Colonial mix. A total of 98 golfers are on the updated commitment list.
Davis Love III, winner of 20 PGA Tour events and captain of last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Love will be making his 24th Colonial appearances, with runner-up finishes in 1987 and 2000.
Dallas teen phenom Jordan Spieth, one of the hottest rookies on the PGA Tour, joined former TCU golfer Franklin Corpening as Champions’ Choice exemptions to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth.
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, announced the latest additions to the field today. Both players were added through a vote of past Colonial champions, who select two promising newcomers each year to compete for the first time in Fort Worth as sponsor’s exemptions.
Spieth, 19, was a finalist for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award and has earned $662,398 in seven PGA Tour events this season, including a tie for second at the Puerto Rico Open. Spieth has posted three top-10 finishes at tour events since March 10 while competing under a special temporary membership.
Corpening, 28, is a Colonial member and Fort Worth Paschal High School graduate who played college golf at TCU. Corpening, who competes on the Web.com Tour, will be making his PGA Tour debut at Colonial. He has made the cut in all four events he has entered this season on the Web.com Tour, with his best finish a tie for 22nd at the Chile Classic on March 10. Corpening has earned $11,873 on the Web.com Tour this season.
Spieth, who helped lead Texas to the 2012 national championship in his lone college season, tied for ninth in Sunday’s final round at the RBC Heritage and also is committed to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. Spieth made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur at the 2010 Nelson, where he finished in a tie for 16th while competing as a 16-year-old.
Dallas teen phenom Jordan Spieth, a finalist for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award and one of the hottest rookies on the PGA Tour, will be on the ballot that determines Champions’ Choice exemptions to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, said today that Spieth is included among the candidates eligible to be voted into this year’s field in Fort Worth, May 20-26. Spieth, 19, has earned $662,398 in seven events, including a season-best tie for second at the Puerto Rico Open, while competing under a special temporary membership granted by tour officials.
Colonial officials reserve two of their sponsor’s exemptions each year for promising newcomers who are voted into the field by past Colonial champions, with this year’s voting deadline set for May 1. Tothe said this year’s list of candidates includes Spieth, Luke List and Franklin Corpening, a former TCU and Fort Worth Paschal High School golfer who competes on the Web.com Tour. Tothe said votes will be tallied and Champions’ Choice exemptions extended as soon as possible after the voting window ends.
Tothe said the Champions' Choice expemtions are Colonial's only remaining sponsor's exemptions for 2013, at this juncture.
If voted into the Colonial field, Spieth would be making his Fort Worth debut under the same exemption granted to notable tour competitors Jason Day (2008), Bill Haas (2006), Davis Love III (1986), Paul Azinger (1985) and Curtis Strange (1978). He also would have an opportunity to become the first Champions’ Choice entry to win a Colonial title since Dave Stockton in 1967.
Spieth, who helped lead Texas to the 2012 national championship in his lone college season, tied for ninth in Sunday’s final round at the RBC Heritage, his third top-10 finish in a PGA Tour event since March 10. Spieth already has committed to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving, the week before the Colonial tournament.