Patroling the Fairways

Photo: Officer Ivory Davis

For 18 years, Fort Worth police officer Ivory Davis has walked 18 holes with some of the biggest names in golf. On Friday at the Charles Schwab Challenge, it was Jordan Spieth in the morning and Rickie Fowler in the afternoon. (OK, so that was actually 36 holes for Officer Davis – in full uniform.)

A member of Fort Worth’s famed Mounted Patrol for many years, Officer Davis and his horse, Ralph, became celebrities of sorts, keeping the streets safe downtown, in the Stockyards, and even appearing in a commercial and a coffee table book.

But every May, Officer Davis patrols the lush fairways at Colonial and watches some of the greatest golfers in the world. He also keeps the peace, but admits it’s not his toughest assignment. “The Fort Worth fans are great,” he said. “No problems here, and they’re very respectful.”

Of course, that could also have something to do with the fact that Officer Davis is a mountain of a man with a badge and gun who sees all from behind his mirrored sunglasses. His friend and fellow Officer Billy Ward, who monitors traffic at the corner of Colonial Parkway and Country Club Drive, said he wouldn’t trade places with Davis no matter how many great golfers he gets to meet.

“That’s way too much walking,” he jokes. But Officer Davis doesn’t mind.

He looks forward to this week every year. “I love walking the course, and the players are all polite and friendly,” he said. “They’re amazing golfers, but they’re really good guys, too.”