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Doug Higgins, 1942 champion, passes away

Doug Higgins Sr., the 1942 champion and longtime supporter of junior golf, died July 8, 2015. Mr. Higgins, 88, attended Texas Wesleyan University, where he lettered in golf and basketball. He was golf director at Diamond Oaks Country Club for several years and was an enthusiastic promoter of the FWJGA boys championship. He also helped the girls tournament start at the club, where it was held exclusively for several years. Mr. Higgins was a former PGA Tour player and business associate with Arnold Palmer. His two sons, Doug Jr. and Brad, also competed in the boys junior tournament.

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FWJGA is one of the organizations
helped by Colonial's charity funds

bill hatley accepts check

The Fort Worth Junior Golf Association was one of several non-profit organizations selected in 2014 to receive funds from Colonial Country Club Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas. The donations are made possible by Colonial, the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and the PGA Tour and are presented each year. The FWJGA junior boys tournament has been conducted by volunteers since 1936 and the girls tournament since 1972. The juniors are not charged entry or greens fees to play. The FWJGA relies on donations, such as those from Colonial charities, Lee Trevino and Marty Leonard, daughter of the founder of the boys tournament Marvin Leonard, to help pay necessary expenses in order to conduct the tournament. Accepting the check was boys tournament co-director Bill Hatley. Presenting the check were Colonial president Chuck Scherer, left, and Colonial tournament chairman Bobby Patton.

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Diamond Oaks Ladies Golf Association
donates to the FWJGA

DOLGA donates to  FWJGA


The Diamond Oaks Ladies Golf Association donated $11,500 to the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association at its Christmas party on Dec. 11, 2013. The DOLGA donated the check from the proceeds from its Diamonds In The Rough tournament, with help from sponsors Ruben Aguirre, owner of Metro Gold and Silver, and Emily Nelson of Golf Galaxy. Staff members of the FWJGA are pictured from the top, left to right: Charles Clines, Bill Hatley and Charles Birkhold. Also from the FWJGA from left to right on the bottom row are Leslie Clines and Wendell Conditt, longtime director who retired this year. Mr. Aguirre is a sponsor of the DOLGA. Members of the DOLGA are from right to left: Nancy Murr, Suzi Gallemore, Judy Tapscott, Barbara Smith and Louise Goodwin. The FWJGA, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on volunteers to conduct is annual Fort Worth City Junior Boys and Girls Golf Championships. Donations help offset, among other things, the costs of trophies, fliers and brochures.

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Lee Trevino and Lee Hughes
make Nov. 3 a day to remember

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Lee Trevino talks to players

Thanks to Lee Hughes (right), the Managing Partner of Maverick Homes, and golfing great Lee Trevino, four young golfers enjoyed what possibly could be their golf outing of a lifetime. The Texas Wesleyan golf program held its annual scholarship fundraising tournament in 2011 and offered a package for four players to play 18 holes with Mr. Trevino at Diamond Oaks Country Club on Nov. 3. Mr. Hughes won with a $20,000 bid and donated the four playing spots to deserving young golfers. These four were selected not just for their playing ability or economic privilege, but for their work and involvement in the community. The four selected -- from left between Mr. Trevino and Mr. Hughes are Adam Austin, Dalton Martin, Nicholas Narcisse and Daniel Dahlinger -- are members of the Junior Advisory Committee for The First Tee of Fort Worth program and have been involved with the program for several years. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lee Trevino Endowment for Golf at Texas Wesleyan and the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association. Mr. Trevino helped the boys at the practice range before they ate lunch. After lunch, they played 18 holes with Mr. Trevino offering many tips during the round.

At lunch, Trevino told the boys that to be successful in any endeavor, they must have passion. And, he stressed, they must give themselves options in life. ''I wasn't educated,'' he said. ''I had no options (other than golf). But I had a passion for it. I spend 18 hours a day (playing and practicing).'' His hard work and talent paid off as he became one of the better players in the world. He said, though, an injury could have ended that career at any time. That's why a person should have an education so he/she will have options.

Trevino then tried to pass on some of the knowledge about the golf swing he has gained over the years. He began playing on traditional courses and developed his swing and game to those type of courses, where often a player could roll the ball on the green if necessary. Then the newer courses came along where players often had to hit higher, soft shots into the greens, and he adapted his game to those courses. Although he showed each of the four boys several things to improve their swings, he focused on their grips because that's a player's extension to the golf club. ''Their grips aren't very good,'' he said. He showed them why and how they needed to change. ''Now, it's up to them.''

Afterward, the boys agreed they had learned a lot and appreciated the opportunity to play and learn from Mr. Trevino.

Danny, a freshman at North Crowley High School, added that ''Playing with Mr. Trevino has been a wonderful experience. I'll never forget it.''

Dalton, a junior at Saginaw High School, echoed Danny's sentiments. ''It's just been a good day of learning from one of the best players to have ever played golf.''

Nicholas, a freshman at Mansfield High School, said, ''Its been a really fun day. I really enjoyed the experience of playing with Lee Trevino. I've learned a lot actually.'' Besides the swing tips, he added that ''I've learned not to take golf as serious...well, take it seriously but to have fun also.''

Adam, a senior at Western Hills High School, said ''This day has been just incredible experience. I'll never forget it. This is an event that can never be replaced. I don't know of anything I'd rather be doing right now.''

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Marty Leonard inducted into
Texas Golf Hall of Fame

Marty Leonard, one of the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association's most ardent supporters, was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame on Oct. 10, 2011. Ms. Leonard has been inducted for Distinguished Service. She is the daughter of Marvin Leonard, who started the free city boys' championship in 1936 and was the founder of Colonial and Shady Oaks Country Clubs. The boys FWJGA's championship trophy is named after him. Ms. Leonard said, ''Texas golf has been special to me since my dad took me out to my first Lone Star course as a young child. This would make him very happy, as it does me.'' She also operates Leonard Golf Links and Starr Hollow, a nine-hole course in Tolar. She is involved in numerous organizations and her support helps the FWJGA's boys and girls city championship to be free for all participants. Congratulations Marty. Also, Colonial Country Club, site of the boys championship the in 2010 and 2011, was elected to the Texas Registry of Historic Golf during the club's 75th anniversary in 2011. Colonial conducts an annual PGA Tour event and has been host to the 1941 U.S. Open, the 1975 Tournament Players Championship and the 1991 Women's U.S. Open. The annual tournament is the second oldest on the PGA Tour to be conducted at the same venue. The late Ralph Plummer, who designed Colonial among many other courses, was elected to the Pioneer Category.

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Ben Hogan Center opens

wendell at hogan opening

Wendell Conditt, second from left, who has been responsible for the continuation and success of the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association's junior tournaments since the early '70s, attended the opening of the new First Tee Ben Hogan Center at Rockwood Golf Course in 2011. The FWJGA will have a presence at the center. With Wendell are wife Harriet, Bill Hatley, one of the FWJGA's officers, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Moncrief. Mr. Moncrief is the former mayor of Fort Worth and a big supporter of junior golf.

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FWJGA receives donation
from Colonial's charities

The Fort Worth Junior Golf Association was one of the organizations to receive a donation from the Colonial Country Club Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas in 2011. The donations are made possible by Colonial, the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and the PGA Tour. The donations are made possible by Colonial, the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and the PGA Tour and are presented each year to various organizations. The FWJGA junior boys tournament has been conducted by volunteers since 1936 and the girls tournament since 1972. The juniors are not charged entry or greens fees to play. The FWJGA relies on donations, such as those from Colonial charities, Lee Trevino and Marty Leonard, daughter of the founder of the boys tournament Marvin Leonard, to help pay necessary expenses in order to conduct the tournament.

Chuck Birkhold received donation

FWJGA President Charles Birkhold, center, receives a donation from the Colonial Country Club Charities in December. Presenting the check are Colonial President Vance Minter, left, and Tournament Chairman Chuck Scherer. Colonial and the FWJGA celebrated their 75th anniversaries in 2011.

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Luncheon honors former champs

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Slideshows, Pictures by Allan Akins
A DVD of all the pictures is available for $25. Call Allan Akins at 214-460-7941 or e-mail d.allanakins@yahoo.com

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angela stanford
Angela Stanford
4-time winner
lee trevino
Lee Trevino
hunter haas
Hunter Haas
2-Time Winner
rae rothfelder
Rae Rothfelder Deal
4-Time Winner

A luncheon to honor past winners of the 18-hole boys and girls Championship Flights was held Jan. 22, 2009, at Colonial Country Club. Many of the former champs attended, including 1940 winner Charles Royer, '42 winner Doug Higgins and '43 winner Jack Kibbee, and four-time girls winner Rae Rothfelder Deal, who flew in from Arkansas to attend.. Specials guests included golf legend Lee Trevino, Angela Stanford (the only other girls' four-time winner) and author Dan Jenkins. Each gave a short talk to the attendees that also included volunteers and other special guests. Marty Leonard, whose father Marvin started the tournament along with Dr. Alden Coffey, was the host. Honored were boys co-directors John Conditt and Martin Phillips, and Wendell Conditt, who has been directing or helping run the tournament since 1959.

Jenkins' comments included reflections of Ben Hogan and Colonial, among other local insights. Stanford, an LPGA competitor and ranked eighth in the world, recalled how the Fort Worth girls city tournament was important for her because her family didn't have the finances available for her to travel and play in other tournaments. Trevino delighted the crowd with his mostly humorous talk, but he also had some interesting stories about Ben Hogan and how Colonial was the first to offer PGA competitors free golf balls, food and transportation. ``We used to have to pay for all that,'' he said. ``We loved coming here.'' Unfortunately, he said, players today believe it's their ``right'' to have these perks and don't appreciate them as much as he and others of his era. He also talked about Tiger Woods, and why he's so great (talent, heart and works harder than anyone else) and why he needs to change his swing somewhat to avoid another knee injury. He said tournaments such as the city junior events are important for the sport's future.

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