Highway signs en route to Trinity Forest Golf Club warn motorists of “ponding on highways.” Today’s storm almost blows the roof off the AT&T Byron Nelson media tent. Support beams are rocking, and trees lean sideways. All this as the Hilton Anatole Pro-Am is scheduled to start. The timing of this storm is perfectly horrible. Original start time was 6:50 a.m., then the 18-hole event is shortened to nine and rescheduled for noon—then weather hell breaks loose and the pro-am canceled.
In the hierarchy of the six pro-ams happening in conjunction with the Byron Nelson—today is the granddaddy. Cost per player for the typical PGA Tour pro-am is around $10,000—today’s is $11,500 and there’s a wait list.
Each pro-am ticket includes:
- One playing spot in the Hilton Anatole Pro-Am at Trinity Forest Golf Club on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the Hilton Anatole Pro-Am is a walking event with caddies
- Each foursome plays with two PGA TOUR professionals: one pro on the front nine, and a different pro on the back nine.
- Lunch and cocktail party on day of pro-am
- Two Gold Credentials: access all week, including hospitality
- 60 Daily Grounds tickets
- Preferred parking, Thursday thru Sunday
Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth included, almost every player in the field participates. For the amateurs, this should be one of the great golf experiences of their life, but there’s a monsoon and golf is off.
What happens now? Do pro-am participants receive refunds? Is the event rescheduled?
The Salesmanship Club owns and operates both Momentous Institute and its chief fundraiser, the AT&T Byron Nelson. The pro-am and all other events in connection to the AT&T Byron Nelson are fundraisers. Entry fees are for the kids, it’s philanthropy.
No golf, but the pro-am lunch continues. There is a Q&A session with pros, amateurs are offered the chance to return to Trinity Forest for a round of golf and a lot of kids get some help.
It’s a beautiful day.