Formerly known as the Colonial National Invitational, the golf tournament now called the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth is being played this week. If you are a golfer or fan and can only attend one event on the Texas tour, this is the one. The tournament has been held at the same course for over 70 years and is superbly well run. Not only that, but the course layout is such that there are excellent opportunities for viewing the action. It is very easy to move from one hole to another and the facilities are second to none for the average golf fan. The action on the par-3 13th is rumored to get a bit out of hand, but there are plenty of places on the course for a more relaxing view of actual golf being played.
From the Annals of Golf – In 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She did so at the storied Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. The Colonial Invitational invited her to play based on her stellar record on the LPGA in the preceding years. When she retired Sorenstam had won 72 LPGA events and 10 major championships. But for Sorenstam her two rounds at the Colonial provide a large part of her legacy. Sorenstam refers to the experience as “one of the highlights of my career.” She ended the day at 1-over par and missed the cut by a stroke.
On a personal note, Red was there for her second round on Friday and strategically placed himself where he could watch Sorenstam play on holes 5, 6 and 7, and managed to catch her only birdie of the day. The crowds were incredible and largely supportive. It was a fun day to watch golf.
And who was the last women to play in an PGA event before the striking Swede? It was Texan Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the Tucson Open in 1945.