Your Stories: PGA Tour’s return brought golf’s role in crisis, and a previous Colonial visit, into focus

Ben Hogan won 64 PGA Tour titles, including five at the Colonial.
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Throughout this difficult period, Golf News Hub will explore what it’s like to actually live through this moment. Here we will print your stories about how this is affecting you, your family, your friends … your daily life. Email us your story.

Here is the 11th installment in our series.

Like millions of golfers all over the world, I was eagerly awaiting the tournament at Colonial — the first live, post-COVID-19 PGA Tour event, which featured 16 of the top 20 players in the world. It didn’t disappoint.

But I found it ironic, that we were all going inside to watch television, while the golf professionals were going outside to perform and compete.

But it’s all good. What is more than good, though, was last week’s moment of silence at 8.46am, to honor George Floyd, so we could all pause and reflect on how crucial it is for our society to end social and racial injustice, once and for all.

This gesture, initiated by the PGA TOUR — so powerful and heartfelt — made watching live golf on television so much more meaningful for me.

Daniel Berger eventually won the tournament, but golf’s real winning starts now, as the entire golf culture has processed and reacted to the COVID-19 crisis, compounded by George Floyd’s horrible killing and the ensuing riots.

The entire world is realizing we need a seismic shift to a higher consciousness so we can all live in a more peaceful place; golf has awakened, too, and found a new role. It has a voice in this matter.

The event last week at storied Colonial Country Club carried another layer of significance for me.

Several years ago I had the pleasure and privilege of visiting Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss digitizing their archives.

I knew I was walking in the footsteps of many famous tournament winners, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and of course, Ben Hogan who won there five times. Back then it was called the Colonial National Invitation.

The most astonishing thing I remember from that trip was stepping into the Ben Hogan Room.

There, in the presence of Hogan’s numerous trophies, replica golf clubs, and enlarged Anthony Ravielli drawing, made famous in Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf book, I could not help but feel the reverence for one of the world’s all-time greatest golfers.

I also knew about the obstacles Hogan had to overcome in his life, from his father’s tragic suicide in their family home when Ben was just nine years old, to his near-fatal car crash in 1949.

Hogan persevered and although doctors in ‘49 told him that he would never walk again, much less play golf, he won six of his nine majors after the accident. There is no one else in golf that I revere more.

So for me, live golf at Colonial was so much more important than just filling air time on the grid. Colonial will always be a marker in my life.

We are all transitioning now from being cooped up inside to a new outer reality. Here’s hoping new awareness will follow along with some birdies.

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Taba Dale
Contributor Taba Dale has been featured in over fifteen magazine and newspaper articles, and is frequently a guest on six syndicated radio shows. (See her media appearances here.)

She has published two books: A Summer in Ireland, Life and Golf on the Emerald Isle, and A Stroll on the Old Lady, which was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016 by the International Network of Golf. Taba’s latest book, Terroir of Golf, A Golf Book for Wine Lovers, literally and figuratively breaks new ground in combining the synergy of golf and wine. You can read more of her work here.