Las Colinas Country Club and Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas, recently hosted the 4th Annual North Texas Tennis Championship, an annual tournament with teams North Texas ClubCorp clubs that continues to grow each year. All levels of play make for a tournament that a beginner or seasoned tennis player can enjoy.
This year, 194 players played 140 matches - that's 350 sets – during two days of sweat, emotion and giving it their all on the court. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano walked away as the "2015 ClubCorp North Texas Tennis Champions” and the club will proudly display the traveling trophy until 2016 crowns a new champion.
Adding to the excitement was the celebrity sighting of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks, who was in attendance cheering on his wife who represented Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Hendricks also was kind enough to pose for photos with tournament organizers.
Kudos the host clubs and all the North Texas Tennis Pros for bringing this type of Member tennis experience to North Texas!
As the U.S. Open swings through Chambers Bay this week, Brent Cohen, General Manager of nearby Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Canterwood, Washington, was treated to a pretty unique experience. Thanks to two Canterwood Members, Cohen and Head Golf Pro Dale Davis were invited to serve as first tee starters during a practice round. Member Larry Gilhuly is a USGA agronomist and has worked on the Chambers Bay course for several years, and Member Danny Sink is the Championship Director for the U.S. Open — and because of them, Cohen and Davis found themselves standing next to some of golf's brightest names as they teed off for a practice round. And to add to the fun, one of the golfers lining up to tee off at his very first U.S. Open was Kevin Lucas, a former Employee Partner who is now playing professionally. Ironically enough, Cohen hired Lucas, who was still in high school at the time, as an outside services attendant at Empire Ranch in Sacramento. After playing at the University of Nevada-Reno, Lucas took a turn playing through the mini-tours, including the Golden State Tour, where he collected wins. On June 11th, Kevin shot 68-66 to win his Sectional Qualifier, earning a place in the field at Chambers Bay. "It was a blast from the past to not only see him," Cohen says proudly. "But to get to announce his name on the first tee at his first U.S. Open was really something special." A Magic Moment, indeed.
It’s going to be a busy weekend at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California, as the club serves as the site of the 17th annual Celebrity Championship Hosted by Marshall Faulk, former NFL player and now NFL Network Analyst. The event, which officially began last night with an 800-person party on the tennis courts, includes a two-day celebrity-amateur tournament, a 36-hole celebrity-only competition, Military Appreciation Day and evening parties every night with from 250 to 800 in attendance. Celebrities slated to compete include former NFL players Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen, former NHL Dallas Stars’ player Mike Modano, retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning, actors Alfonso Ribeiro (Dancing with the Stars winner), and Brian Baumgartner (The Office).
The event is scheduled to be televised live on the NFL Network from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, taped for later viewing on Fox Sports West and with live interviews broadcast interviews each morning on iHeartRadio.
As if the event alone will not keep the staff busy, other weekend events include two graduation parties with a combined 600 Guests, a Member birthday party for 30 and a wedding for 130. Never a dull moment at Morgan Run!
Club 14 is back and better than ever at the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament! ClubCorp’s private tent is a tournament favorite among Members, and we’re ready to have a great time creating magic moments and special memories that will last a lifetime.
The tournament, which officially begins today, was preceded by a fun and exciting pro-am event where Club 14 guests enjoyed a fantastic view of the No. 14 green and No. 15 tee.
Every year, Club 14 by ClubCorp offers Members great food, music and company as they enjoy the tournament weekend. With VIP service and benefits, the air-conditioned private tent is the perfect spot to watch all your favorite players come through as they compete in this prestigious tournament.
If you’re attending the Byron, be sure to cheer for Jordan Spieth, Kelly Kraft and Austin Connelly, alums of DFW ClubCorp Clubs.
Don’t miss all the exciting action at the AT&T Byron Nelson and Club 14 by ClubCorp!
CBS, in partnership with the PGA of America, broadcasted an hour-long special, “PGA REACH: Impacting Lives Through Golf” which featured ClubCorp’s own Josh Smith, PGA Director of Instruction at Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club, Texas.
The program detailed how PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA, has made a difference for people across the country. The documentary-style program aired on Saturday, May 16 and followed several individuals who, under the guidance of PGA Professionals, have been welcomed into the game through PGA REACH programming.
One of the individuals profiled is Joshua Deer, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas, who is the first individual with autism to play golf in the Grand Finale of the Els for Autism Golf Challenge (a charitable partner of PGA REACH), and won low gross at the Golf Challenge regional event at TPC Craig Ranch. Deer found purpose and direction from his experience with golf, and under the mentorship of Josh at Trophy Club became a two-time MVP and captain of his high school golf team.
Congratulations, Josh! Your participation in PGA REACH is a testament to your dedication to the game and your community.
Kathy O’Neal, ClubCorp Senior Vice President, served as keynote speaker recently during the Dedman School of Hospitality’s Women Leaders in the Club Industry “Changing the Course for the Future” at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, Florida. The event was hosted by the Florida State University Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). In addition to Kathy’s keynote speech, the event included a roundtable forum – moderated by Tracy Marple, regional manager at the University Center Club – with nationally recognized women leaders in the club management industry.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.