Throwback to 1957: "Colonial" Launches Plans for 1957 National Invitation


"Colonial" Launches Plans for 1957 National Invitation

Originally published in "The Golfer," 1957


Plans were launched recently for Colonial Country Club's twelfth National Invitation Golf Tournament, which annually attracts the Southwest's largest golf crowds.

Dates of May 1-5 have been set, and S. M. (Bing) Bingham has been appointed tournament chairman for the sixth consecutive year.

The dates have been confirmed by the PGA. Thus, for the third straight year the nation's most exclusive PGA event will encompass the first week end of May, when both times previously its five-day gross gate has exceeded 48,000 persons.

Also named by Club President C. Victor Thornton to serve with Bingham is the same tournament committee line-up which has functioned for the past two years.

Allen B. Conner and Rudy Copeland are vice-chairmen for the third straight year, and J.Y. (Johnny) Ballard is special adviser for the fourth consecutive time.

Completing the six-member governing body for this year's National Invitation are its ex-official members, Marvin Leonard, as chairman of Colonial's Board of Governors, and Thornton as club president. Leonard, the club's founder, has been on every tournament committee since the event's inception, and Thornton is the only new member of this year's group.

The 1957 tournament committee will hold its first meeting within the week to name other officials and to start activities for this year's National Invitation, Bingham says.