J. Britt Henry Celebrates 55 Years at Colonial
J. Britt Henry is retired and has lived in Costa Rica for 23 years, but always makes it a point to return to Fort Worth every May to volunteer at the Colonial, a tradition that hit the 55-year mark in 2023.
He has countless memories from his 55 years ranging from Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam.
"My first year was 1967, Dave Stockton won $27,000 for first place," Henry said. "I marshaled with Ben Hogan when we had a 20-foot rope and we'd walk along the fairway to keep the crowd back because there was around 2-3,000 people here."
The crowds grew exponentially during Henry's time at Colonial, including 1997 with Tiger Woods and 2003 with Annika Sorenstam.
"I went everywhere that Tiger went that week he was here. There were 10 of us, two policemen and two plain clothes policemen that went everywhere that he went on this golf course for four days," Henry said. "And Annika too. Those were the two biggest crowds we've ever had, with Annika and Tiger."
During his career at Justin Boots, Mr. Justin would let him off the hook on his daily reports during tournament week.
"Mr. Justin got up in a meeting and said 'J. Britt Henry doesn't have to fill out his reports this week because we know he's lying, he's going to be out at the Colonial every year.'"