Every May the Colonial Invitational Tournament is played at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. They play it due to the effort put forth by the father of the Colonial Country Club, Marvin Leonard. Leonard convinced the U.S.G.A. to play the 1941 U.S. Open on his young golf course. This came as a shock for the golfing community, since it was the first time that the national championship was held south of the Mason-Dixon line.
At the end of World War II, the Colonial National Tournament began. Upon the creation of the tournament, Leonard had a simple philosophy: everything about the tournament should be among the best in the world. This led to the Colonial being modeled after the Masters tournament in Agusta.
The tournament is now sponsored by Bank of America and remains one of the best tournaments on the professional golfer's tour. The winner of the tournament now receives $900,000, and the rest of the purse for the tournament is 4.1 million dollars, and is one of the top five purse levels among the TOUR's co-sponsored events.