I am not a golfer. If I even pick up a golf club, warning bells sound, to notify anyone in close proximity they should seek shelter immediately. Yes, it really is that bad. You know what, that’s okay, because I’ve learned I enjoy watching golf, WAY more than attempting to play the sport. Plus, it’s safer for me to watch, for myself, and everyone else. But, unless it’s The Masters, I typically don’t watch golf on television, the pace is just too slow to hold my attention. I can’t say I’ve been to a tournament since Augusta in the 80s, but that changed Memorial Day weekend at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Alright, so I had never heard of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, until I got an email notifying me I was a sweepstakes winner. First, I jumped up and down screaming, “winner, winner steak for dinner” because the prize also included dinner for four at The Capital Grille. Then, I settled down and turned to Facebook to see which PGA players were playing in the invitational in Fort Worth. Jordan Spieth, Auburn alum Jason Dufner, and Aussie Adam Scott, immediately grabbed my attention.
Of course, thanks to the Fort Worth CVB, I spent the day like a VIP. My prize included tickets to Sunday’s final round, where I watched the action from the Hogan skyboxes on the 18th hole. I snacked on tender prime rib from Tim Love and sipped on several Grey Goose cocktails called the 19th hole. Looking to burn off some calories, my friends and I followed Jordan Spieth around from holes 11-18. I didn’t think my day could get any better, until I met Jordan after his round and he autographed my hat.
Indulge me for a second, Jordan Spieth is a talented golfer, but an all around incredible young man. I watched in awe, as he signed hats, golf balls, programs and even a young girl’s phone, as item after item were shoved in his face. Yes, he was probably tired, but he took the time to talk with all of his fans. When he took my purple Under Armour hat, I said “Hook ’em Horns, good luck in the U.S. Open.” He handed back my hat, made eye contact, and said “Thanks, I appreciate it.”
My day was made! No, the autograph on my tournament pass and hat isn’t really visible, but it doesn’t matter. I was stoked, and will forever remember that moment. Next year, when Jordan returns to Augusta and wins The Masters (my prediction), I’ll be wearing my hat and telling anyone that will listen, about the time I met him in Fort Worth.
With my autographed hat, I could have left and been a happy camper, but between my awesome seats and the delicious cocktails, I stayed until the very end. The excitement continued as the tournament wound down to a sudden death playoff between Jason Duffner and Adam Scott. I cheered for the Auburn grad, as we watched Scott sink the final putt on 18 to win. What an epic day, even my friends that aren’t golfers or even PGA fans, had a total blast. As I boarded the shuttle back to the VIP lot, I was already making plans to return to the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Disclosure:I won a sweepstakes prize that included four VIP tickets to the Crown Plaza Invitational. This post was not required nor sponsored, and all opinions are based on my personal experience.