Straight Down ambassador Conrad Shindler is playing a home game this week at the Fort Worth Invitational. The 29-year-old PGA TOUR rookie has lived most of his life in Texas, was a member of Texas A&M’s 2009 NCAA title team and is a member at Colonial Country Club. Straight Down is celebrating his home game by printing “Conrad’s Colonial Crew” for the friends and family who will follow him this week. We’re also giving away a $150 online store credit on Twitter (link to tweet). We talked to Conrad about this week’s historic venue and his journey to the PGA TOUR.
“I’ve been a member at Colonial for 2 ½ years now. Fellow PGA TOUR player Ryan Palmer, who’s also a member, told me that if you can play good golf here, you can play good golf anywhere. You have to earn everything at Colonial. If you shoot 67, you earned it. You can’t scrape it around there. Not from that rough. You have to execute. It’s a ballstriker’s course.”
“My favorite thing about Colonial is how tradition-rich the whole club is. I describe it as magical. There’s so many memorable moments here. Tom Watson got his last win at Colonial. Sergio Garcia got his first. Phil Mickelson hit that crazy shot from the trees on 18 to win. I was there when Annika Sorenstam played in 2003. And just being a Texan, you feel like you have that connection to Ben Hogan. Whether at Colonial or Shady Oaks, you always feel that presence. Colonial has a museum dedicated to Mr. Hogan, as well as his locker and office. To hold the clubs of the greatest ballstriker ever is pretty cool.”
“I turned pro in 2011. I played in Asia, Canada and on the Adams Tour for several years before getting onto the Web.com Tour in 2017. Everyone goes through phases where they wonder if they’re going to make it, but I just kept telling myself that I had the ability to make the TOUR and to not lose sight of my dream. There are guys who don’t make it until they’re 35. Playing on TOUR was my dream since I was kid. I won on the Web.com Tour last year to earn my PGA TOUR card. It was surreal when I got my card. It definitely took a while for it to sink in.”