Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational

Stories from my visit to the Crowne Plaza Invitatational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth to play in the Pro Am and watch the Tournament.

Veteran Gets Mortgage Free House At Crowne Plaza

From the PGA Tour newswire:

FORT WORTH, Texas—On national Armed Forces Day, a U.S. Army soldier wounded in Iraq and his family were presented with a mortgage-free home during a patriotic celebration during the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The tournament also hosted and honored six Medal of Honor recipients during this, the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor, which is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

Lt. General Leroy Sisco, founder of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, surprised Louis Dahlman and his wife Laurie with their new mortgage-free home located in Sugarland, near Houston. The Dahlman’s home came to be through the Foundation’s initiative called Homes 4 Wounded Heroes which is sponsored by Chase and Bell Helicopter. Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring.

U.S. Army Specialist Louis Dahlman, 27, was severely injured by a road side bomb in 2007 while serving in Iraq. Shrapnel to his face resulted in the loss of his lower mandible and all of his lower teeth. Dahlman has undergone numerous surgeries including five that have been more than 12 hour procedures to reconstruct his mandible. In these surgeries, doctors have taken the fibula from both of Dahlman’s legs, and bone was harvested from his right hip. Dahlman said the bone has finally taken in the jaw and he is hopeful that he will soon be receiving implants after upcoming reconstructive surgeries are finished.

In a twist of fate, while Dahlman was recovering and undergoing treatment at Brooks Army hospital in San Antonio, he met his wife Laurie. The two met at a Clay Walker benefit concert for Military Warriors Support Foundation where Laurie was volunteering. Louis and Laurie married in 2009 and they now have a daughter Stella, who will turn one at the end of May. Ironically, the Dahlman’s anniversary and Stella’s birthday are both May 29.

“Getting this house is incredible,” commented Louis Dahlman. “We can’t believe it, and we couldn’t be happier. This is going to allow me to finish surgeries and not have to worry about how we will be able to afford to pay rent or a mortgage. Plus, Laurie is from Houston, so we will now be close to family,” Dahlman added.

May 23, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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Jerry Kelly Loses Bet, Tees Off As Horned Frog

Jerry Kelly lost a Rose Bowl bet and paid up by teeing off at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Pro Am in full mascot costume.

May 23, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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Kodak Challenge Crowne Plaza Update

From the people at Kodak:

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Hole #13 at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX


Kodak Leader Lunde Birdies Hole #13 Sunday at Colonial
Lunde Leaves Texas with Two Shot Lead in $1 Million Competition


Kodak Challenge leader, Bill Lunde saved his best swing on Kodak hole No. 13 at Colonial Country Club for the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Lunde hit his 184-yard tee shot to five feet of the cup, setting up the short birdie putt and moving him to 11-under-par on the Kodak leaderboard. The frontrunner sits two strokes ahead of PGA TOUR pros Kevin Na, Paul Goydos, and Charley Hoffman.

The Kodak Challenge moment of the day was delivered by William McGirt, who drained a 28-footer for Sunday’s longest Kodak birdie putt on the 171-yard par-3 13th. Stewart Cink carded the easiest Kodak birdie from four feet.

Kodak Challenge hole No. 13 was the hardest hole during the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Gusting winds sent one out of every five tee shots into the water on Sunday. The Kodak hole yielded eight birdies, 38 pars, 11 bogeys and 11 double bogeys.


The next Kodak Challenge hole is the 363-yard par-4 No. 14 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio during the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance on June 2-5. The Memorial will be the 17th of 30 tournaments to participate in the $1 million Kodak Challenge competition.

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May 23, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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View From The Colonial Clubhouse Veranda

Crowne Plaza (59 of 60)

A view from the Clubhouse veranda at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Mrs. GolfBlogger and I had asked if we could get tickets for the opening rounds after the Wed. Pro Am and Crowne Plaza granted us clubhouse access. It was so much more than we hoped for.

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May 23, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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David Toms’ Winning Shot At Crowne Plaza Invitational

May 23, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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The 18th At The Colonial Country Club

Colonial 18th (1 of 1)

This is a view lying three. My first hooked left into the trees. Not to worry. Playing in Michigan, I’m an expert at getting out of the trees. I used a three wood to punch it back to to the fairway. My third was just short of the green. From there, I putted up to the green. Five went in.

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May 22, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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Go Stuart Appleby!

Crowne Plaza (36 of 60)

As CBS coverage begins today, Stuart Appleby, my pro partner at the Wed Pro-Am is tied for third, just three back of the lead. Go Stuart!!!

I’m not an excitable person, but I am as emotionally invested in this golf course as I have ever been in an event. They’re on a course I’ve played and my new favorite player is in contention.

Pictured above, from left: My caddy, Ryan, The GolfBlogger, Stuart Appleby and Del Ross, VP of US Sales and Marketing for IHG. Photo taken by Mrs. Golfblogger at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Pro Am


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May 22, 2011 |  Category: The Crowne Plaza Invitational
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