Keeping Score

Colt Ford tunes up for Champions Tour debut

‘There ain’t no hidin’ out here,’ Ford says ahead of the Sanford International, where the former club pro and mini-tour player will compete on a sponsor exemption

9: Number of albums that country-music star Colt Ford has released. Ford, 51, will be making his Champions Tour debut on Friday in the Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ford played professional golf under his birth name, Jason Brown, before turning to country music and adopting his stage name. As a club pro, he was a two-time Georgia PGA Section assistants division player of the year. He competed mostly mini tours, but made one start on what was the Nike Tour, missing the cut at the 1995 South Carolina Classic. In recent years, Ford has played celebrity events and the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Playing on a sponsor exemption, Ford will be paired in the first group of the 81-man event, with Gary Nicklaus and Tom Gillis, at 11:20 a.m. CDT (tee times). In a story by Golfweek’s Adam Schupak, Ford conceded that it has been a number of years since he has had to attest his score in a stroke-play tournament. “It’s one thing to play at the AT&T, where you have a partner, and another when you have to put your score down no matter what in a box,” he said. “There ain’t no hiding out here.” Hmm. That’s got the makings of a country song.

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