Golf With a Cause

After a final year in Irving, the Byron Nelson moves next year to Trinity Forest Golf Club. (Courtesy photo)

The AT&T Byron Nelson will tee off on May 15, attracting golf legends to the pristine course, aficionados to the gallery, and partiers to the Grey Goose tents at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving for a week.

It will also bring another kind of guest — the students of the Momentous Institute, who benefit from the funds raised at the tournament and who help out at the event every year.

“Improving lives and charitable giving were central to tournament namesake Byron Nelson’s beliefs, and the PGA TOUR is committed to these ideals in the communities in which we play,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a press release.

Happiest Mother’s Day


About a year and a half ago, my wife and I decided to take our kids to the State Fair. The temperature was pushing 90 that day, and both of our little ones were still wearing diapers. That wasn’t one of our best parenting decisions.

Three meltdowns, two corny dogs, and one warm beer later, we were mercifully back in the car as the screaming monsters slowly succumbed to sleep. Traffic had never seemed so relaxing. My phone rang as we inched towards the interstate. It was my mom.

Shock is the only way I can describe hearing the words “breast cancer.” I was a zombie, willing the vehicle home as my thoughts raced between childhood memories and figuring out what to do next.

A Ride to Remember An Ursuline Alum

Tai Massimilian is taking on the Texas 4000 bicycling challenge in memory of Micaela White, who died of cancer at age 18. (Courtesy Tai Massimilian)

Every Saturday, Tai Massimilian straps on her helmet, grabs some water, and heads out in Austin on her bike. But the University of Texas junior isn’t just making laps around her block. She’s riding upwards of 70 miles, training for one huge ride.

Huge isn’t even the right word. The Hockaday grad will ride from the Texas capital to Alaska with Texas 4000, a student-run UT organization that trains for and plans the annual ride to raise money for cancer.

“I mean, I knew how to ride a bike but nothing like what I’m doing now,” she said. “At most, I did a couple spin classes a week, so this is definitely like starting from scratch.”

Reaugh Takes Bronze to Cap HP Career


Highland Park senior Falyn Reaugh took home a bronze medal in the high jump from the Class 5A state track and field meet on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Even if it wasn’t the color she hoped for, Highland Park’s Falyn Reaugh claimed a well-deserved medal at the Class 5A state track and field meet on Friday.

Reaugh capped her decorated career for the Lady Scots with a bronze medal in the high jump by clearing a height of 5 feet, 6 inches. That’s identical to her total from last year’s state meet, when she placed fourth in Class 6A.

The Oklahoma signee, who was the top seed in the event, fell three inches short of gold medalist Ja’Sha Sloan of West Mesquite, who Reaugh previously defeated at the District 15-5A meet, the area meet, and the Region II meet last month.

On Friday, Reaugh couldn’t match her height of 5-10 from regionals, nor the 6 feet she cleared when she broke her own HP school record at the Texas Relays in March in the same stadium.

Sisterhood / Motherhood


“I’m pregnant.”

I did not expect to hear those words coming from my sister’s mouth on the drive home. I had just moved in with Sarah and her husband a few weeks before. I was speechless, shocked, and maybe a smidge angry. A baby? My older sister wasn’t supposed to have a baby or be a mom … not yet anyway. I wasn’t ready. There was supposed to be a warning, an announcement to the family that they were going to start trying so we could mentally prepare. But that’s not how life works. They weren’t exactly expecting either.

Slow Start Dooms Scots Against Prosper


Another solid season came to an end for Highland Park on Thursday with a 6-3 loss to Prosper in the area round of the playoffs. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

McKINNEY — By the time Highland Park’s bats got into gear on Thursday, it was too late to save the season.

After going hitless for five innings, the Scots staged a mild rally but fell to Prosper 6-3 in a single-game playoff in the Class 5A Region II area round.

While HP was scuffling at the plate, the state-ranked Eagles built a 5-0 lead they never relinquished, eliminating the Scots one round earlier than they did in 2014.

‘Anna From Atlanta’ Book Signing May 12

Catherine Team and Beverly Smirnis

North Dallas resident Beverly Smirnis and Catherine Team, of Fort Worth, will sign copies of their book Anna From Atlanta from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at Into the Garden, 3300 Knox St. in Dallas.

Smirnis and Team met while working together on the senior prom committee at Fort Worth Country Day, when Team’s youngest child and Smirnis’s oldest were graduating back in 2007.

Team has a background as an advertising agency owner and freelance media buyer, while Smirnis has enjoyed a career in magazine publishing after graduating in journalism from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

DSM High School Theatre Awards Set for May 18

Sara Held (Belle) and Cameron Bossalini (Beast) in Hockaday High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. (Courtesy Dallas Summer Musicals)

Whether it’s a Tony, Emmy, or Oscar, most aspiring young actors or actresses dream of receiving a statuette in front of an audience of adoring fans and celebrities.

Through the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards program, patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, area high school musical productions compete for 32 different awards and 17 scholarships totaling $55,000.

W.T. White High School, the Hockaday School, and Highland Park High School are among the recordbreaking 76 schools participating in this year’s showcase, which will take place at 7 p.m. May 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Rundown Revival

Dallas Equestrian Center upgrades are attracting new trainers and users. (Courtesy of Dallas Equestrian Center)

After changing owners in 2015 and undergoing extensive renovations last year, the Dallas Equestrian Center (DEC) is making a new name for itself as a top horse facility in North Texas.

The most significant improvement is a 50,000-square-foot GeoTEX outdoor arena surrounded by new fencing and footing to better accommodate horses.

Other highlights include a European horse-walker, 20 new covered paddocks, and some general maintenance improvements to the barn intended to make DEC a premier facility. A new clubhouse with locker rooms and coaches’ offices is also in the works, according to co-owner Scott Wilson.