Club Land

The Colonial putts off

5/22
Her daily workout includes two dozen chin-ups with a 25-pound weight fixed to her waist, three sets of 300-pound leg squats and something called "the woodchop." Out where they park the courtesy Buicks, we bet Swedish golf sensation Annika Sorenstam could kick the butts of at least half the men on the PGA Tour. In Fort Worth this week, we'll see how she handles the boys inside the ropes. Nothing like a woman making her move in golf--which the guys are holding onto like Dunkirk--to get a fix on 21st-century sexual politics. Still, this being Colonial, rest assured some traditions will be upheld. There'll be the margarita-soaked wingding around the clubhouse, the skimpy tops on the golf groupies, at least one ol' boy diving into the lake left of 18 and the award to the winner of the funkiest plaid sports coat on the planet. Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, David Toms, Jim Furyk, Dallas native Justin Leonard and defending champion Nick Price are among the big names in the Tiger Woods-less field. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $30 daily Thursday and Friday, $45 daily Saturday and Sunday or $100 for a four-day badge. Call 817-927-4280. --Thomas Korosec

5/24
Chopper Cops
Boys in blue battle on bikes

Thousands of cops from the United States and Mexico convene upon the West End for a drastic motorcycle showdown, when suddenly...actually, that's it. Despite the lack of a thrilling Saturday-afternoon movie plot, this weekend's 10th Annual Police Motorcycle Training Competition is a free event that gathers two nations' worth of motorcycling boys in blue. The competition trains officers in a variety of driving and chasing maneuvers, and onlookers are invited to watch the various bike races, turn drills and cones that are knocked over by errant police bikes. Anyone with a motorcycle can join the Motorcycle Poker Run for a $10 entry fee, where riders search for poker cards scattered around the West End, and the riders who gather the best poker hands win prizes. Also, kids can visit the police autograph booth to complete their collection of DPD Drug Fraud Trading Cards. Just kidding. See it Saturday and Sunday at 603 Munger Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 214-890-5990. --Sam Machkovech

5/25
Sporting Socialites
Gallop among high society

If you think the only sporting horses in North Texas are at Lone Star Park, then head north to Irving for the more refined sport of polo and the Merrill Lynch Challenge Finals at the Las Colinas Polo Club. And if you think polo is just a stuffy shirt, then you're not too far off the mark, as the club seems to spend more time encouraging socialites to participate in the half-time "divot stomping" (where spectators chat while covering up the holes in the field created by the horses' hooves) than they do supporting the intense athleticism being a jockey requires. 5 p.m. Sunday at 600 Royal Lane, Irving. $10 general admission, $15 grand stand seating, free admission for children under 12. Call 214-373-8855. --Jay Webb

5/23
Off Da Hizz-oof

Slip on your boots and biggest belt buckle and head to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo's Western Frontier weekend May 23 to May 24 in the air-conditioned Resistol Arena (LBJ at Military Parkway). Watch professional cowboys battle bulls and broncs, then let the kids ride a pony and join in the calf scramble. There's plenty of barbecue and live country music, even free American flags. For additional information, call 972-285-8777 or check www.mesquiterodeo.com. --Carlton Stowers

 
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