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This is a busy week in ClubCorp golf with two professional tournaments taking place at ClubCorp clubs: The Champions Tour Insperity Invitational presented by United Healthcare at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas, and the LPGA Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

While official play for the LPGA North Texas Shootout begins on Thursday and the 54-hole stroke-play Insperity Invitational begins on Friday, there are events daily at both clubs throughout the week.

This morning at The Woodlands, The Champions Tour players take to the Tournament Course for their professional practice rounds, which is then followed by a Junior Pro-Am and clinic.

Today, Las Colinas is the site of the third-annual “Tee Up for Success” women’s day event with lunch, networking, panel discussions, local media talent, golf legend Kathy Whitworth and a behind-the-scenes tour of the LPGA’s tournament operations.

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This past February, Hartefeld National in Avondale, Pennsylvania, held a huge watch party for the first episode of season 24 of “The Big Break, The Palm Beaches” to watch Member Justin Martinson compete in the Golf Channel reality series. When Martinson gained immunity during the first 10 minutes of the show, the crowd went wild – and bar sales doubled!

Throughout the season, Members and the staff carefully followed the progress of Martinson, whose father is Chairman of the Board of Governors. As Martinson got further in the competition, he became somewhat of a celebrity around the club. Two more huge watch parties were held recently when Martinson competed in the semi-finals and then the finals this past Monday, when the club gave away two dozen hats autographed by Martinson. During the viewing parties, the club served complimentary appetizers and held food and drink specials on some of Martinson’s favorites – Buffalo Wings and Jack & Ginger (Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale). Although Martinson did not win the final match, the club couldn’t be prouder.
 

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Martinson, who is 26 years old, has been playing at the club since he was 16 and his talent showed as he began playing junior tournaments, found success on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) and then as a collegiate golfer at the University of Delaware. More recently, he has competed on the various mini-tours with multiple victories. The Members and Employee Partners at Hartefeld National will continue to closely follow his career and cheer him on along the way.

 
 Top photo: Hartefeld Member Justin Martinson in a promotional photo for “The Big Break, The Palm Beaches.”
 Bottom photo: Members gather in the club’s Walker Cup Room & Bar to watch Martinson on The Big Break.

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Congratulations to Chris Marotto, Director of Golf at The Manor Golf & Country Club in Milton, Georgia, whose student – 11-year-old Jake Peacock – won the recent Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in the 10-11 boys group on Easter Sunday at Augusta National with Chris there watching.

Peacock has been taking lessons from Chris since he was 8 years old and – so far in his young career – has won more than 25 tournaments and the Little Linksters Best Pee Wee Golf Swing in North America, was runner-up at the Future Masters in 2013, and already has hit two holes-in-one. On New Year’s Day this past year he shot a 59 at the Alpharetta Athletic Club West Course.

In Augusta, Peacock proved that he has nerves of steel. He placed third in the Driving portion with a drive of 222 yards. During the Chipping portion, where points are based on the cumulative distance of two chip shots, Peacock’s first shot was a little over 15 feet from the hole so his second shot would determine whether or not he would stay in contention. Peacock checked the ball nicely and it landed within two feet of the hole, putting him in second place going into the Putting portion of the Championship.

In what truly was a moment the kids – nor their parents or instructors – will never forget, the players each to hit two putts on the historic 18th hole green at The Masters with the pin in its typical Sunday position at the front left. For the win, Peacock needed to hit both putts inside of 5 feet and four inches cumulatively. His first putt was a 30-footer in which he lagged to 1 foot and three inches so his final putt needed to be inside of 4 feet. Peacock hit a slick 15-foot putt that landed within 2 feet of the flag to secure the victory.

Peacock’s name was then put on the scoreboard in front of the 18th green and he was interviewed by the Golf Channel. An exciting moment that makes one wonder – another Jordan Spieth in the making?

Congratulations to Chris and the staff at The Manor Golf & Country Club!

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Today is National Golf Day, a day when golf’s leaders will meet with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s nearly $70 million economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and the many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s nearly 15,000 diverse businesses, two million employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

The day was created by WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners. Last year’s National Golf Day was the most successful to date with over 120 scheduled Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the #NGD14 Twitter campaign eclipsed 16 million impressions and reached 7.4 million accounts, including 787,000 users in a one-hour span.

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ClubCorp’s own Cathy Harbin, Vice President, Public Golf, ClubCorp Academy and Programming, currently is featured on the WE ARE GOLF website in their “Five Questions” section where she talks about ClubCorp as a leader in growing the game of golf and what the company is doing to bring the next generation and women golfers into the clubs. Click here to read the article.

To join the National Golf Day conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD15 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

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The North Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has honored ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt with a 2015 Support Future Military Award for continued support to men and women serving – and who have served – in the armed forces. Retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Patrick Walsh served as keynote speaker during the annual awards breakfast, held Saturday, March 21, at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch.

ClubCorp serves annually as a sponsor of the George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior Open –– a 36-hole golf tournament now going into its sixth year that features and honors post-9/11 members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. In addition, numerous ClubCorp clubs throughout the country host a variety of charity events benefiting military causes.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the AUSA, an organization that gives so much support to past and present service people and their families,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp’s president and CEO. “I am so proud of ClubCorp’s involvement with the Warrior Open and how our clubs have taken on their own roles in giving back to the men and women who so courageously and admirably have served our country.”

The event benefited the AUSA educational programs, including the Army Scholarship Foundation, which provides grants to children of soldiers and spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers to assist them in achieving their educational dreams.

AUSA is a non-profit professional, educational association representing America’s Army on Capitol Hill and in local communities. AUSA North Texas focuses on programs raising funds and awareness in support of “Wounded Warriors,” providing educational support for Army families, and coaching, teaching and mentoring young veterans and emerging Army leaders. For more information, visit http://www.ausanorthtexas.org/.

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AvidGolfer recently revealed its highly anticipated Best of Private Clubs 2015 listing, and we’re pleased to announce that ClubCorp was ranked among numerous categories!

In the Best Country Club – First Class Category, meaning the Initiation Fee is between $25,001 and $59,999, two ClubCorp clubs nabbed top spots. Stonebriar Country Club was named No. 2, and Gleneagles Country Club, called “the best of the best,” was named No. 4.

The Best Country Club – Mid-Priced Category (Initiation Fees between $10,001 and $25,000) saw two more ClubCorp clubs win titles. Las Colinas Country Club came in fourth, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club won the No. 5 title with its innovative and  “unbelievable” dual membership – a great value for its Members. Touted for its consistently excellent service, AvidGolfer said, “If you like Sunday brunch, it doesn’t get much better than Las Colinas Country Club.”

In the category Best Country Club – Value-Priced Category, ClubCorp clubs swept all top five places! Coming in at No. 1 was Trophy Club Country Club, followed by Brookhaven Country Club at No. 2. The Clubs of Prestonwood earned the No. 3 spot, followed by Canyon Creek Country Club and Hackberry Creek Country Club in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. AvidGolfer said, “This category could be dubbed, ‘The Category that ClubCorp Built;’ it is true, all five of these clubs are ClubCorp clubs, and that just further proves how the company excels at cultivating top-notch, family-friendly country clubs that don’t cost an arm and a leg.”

Stonebriar Country Club came in first place in overall Best Value, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club was named No. 3 on the same list, followed by Trophy Club Country Club at No. 4. Timarron Country Club was named the No. 1 Best Golf Club in the First-Class Category, as well.

Congratulations to our wonderful DFW-area clubs! 

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The Texas Tech Club in Lubbock recently highlighted the Scottish heritage and living legacy of Scotland’s Poet Laureate Robert Burns (1759-1796) during the second annual Robert Burns Supper. The celebration is an international tradition with people from all over the world gathering to honor Burns on his birthday (Jan. 25) by reading poems, addressing the haggis and enjoying a glass of Scotch or two.

This year more than 185 Members and Guests gathered for the event at The Texas Tech Club – more than twice the turnout last year and the club teamed with The Lubbock Arts Alliance to showcase local art and with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, which posted photos of the event on its website. 

Kudos to the club for hosting the event, which falls in line with club’s WE ARE Community advocates and reaches beyond the four walls of the club to the West Texas community.

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For the third consecutive year, The Employee Partners and Members of The Greenspoint Club in Houston stepped up to hit another home run and raised more than $100,000 during the club’s Charity Classic event. The Board of Governors Ball/Charity Classic event – One to None – raised a grand total of $104,236 for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Improving Lives, Curing Type 1 Diabetes – as well as Augie’s Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

One to None was an elegant affair which began at the entrance where attendees were greeted by two Board
members wearing top hats, capes and white gloves and
who presented each lady with a long-stem rose. 

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The lobby was filled with balloons for the grab bags as well as a display of live auction and bid board items. The main dining room, decorated in black, red, and silver draping linens and chair covers with beautiful centerpieces, was the perfect setting the elegant gourmet dinner. Entertainment followed with a live magic show, live auction, music and dancing. A highlight of the night though was General Manager Steve Westlund and one of the Board members taking pies to the face in the "Pie T1D Challenge" benefiting the JDRF.

Kudos to the Greenspoint staff, who really did hit it out of the park!

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Tampa Bay Community raised more than $4,000 and collected food, toys and bedding to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay during its recent 5th Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. In addition, seven dogs were adopted out to forever homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event, which was sponsored by local businesses.

In all, 13 teams competed for the coveted “Chili/Salsa Bowl” trophies with more than 300 Guests and club Members sampling entries from all of the contestants and voting for the People’s Choice winners. Team Charlie’s Pride won for both salsa and chili this year. Panel judges, Fox 13 Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne, DreamFIT Ice Cream Co-founder Nick McNeil and Corporate Executive Chef of First Watch Restaurants Shane Schaibly voted on their favorite entries, announcing Team HEAT Yoga as the amateur salsa winner and Team Hot Stuff (East Lake Woodlands Country Club Members) for the amateur chili prize. Team Countryside Country Club claimed the best Pro Chili and Pro Salsa awards.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better!” said Amy Jo Blevens, Area Network Manager for ClubCorp. “I am so thankful for our hard working ClubCorp staff, club Members from all of our Tampa Bay area clubs and their Guests. It is through these wonderful people and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.” Funds and products will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for companion animals in need through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Reggie Kratzer, General Manager at The Country Club of the South has been named the General Manager of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). This award honors the General Manager who displays unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers. The Country Club of the South is the site of the AJGA’s Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno held each spring.

Kratzer has been heavily involved in Wells Fargo Junior Classic since taking over the role of general manager at Country Club of the South in 2012. While he has been in that role, the tournament has received four AJGA tournament awards, including the 2011 Hospitality Award, the 2012 Open Tournament of the Year Award and the 2013 Charitable Giving Award. 

Congratulations, Reggie!

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