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Grayson

Another Brookhaven Country Club junior golfer is born! At only 5 years old, Grayson McCool was the youngest boy at Brookhaven’s half-day golf camp, but he didn’t let that stop him. Even though the youngest age for the class was 7, the director was confident that he would be fine in the big kids’ camp, which included high school kids. Mom was concerned because he can be shy when trying new things, but “he did great and absolutely loved it.”

On the first day, he ended up partnering with one of the coaches because all the other kids already had a partner, but something exciting happened. As Grayson tells it, “I hit one ball and boom, it went really far. Then another and boom, it went really far. Then the coach said, ‘Hey Mike, come look at this kid!’ ‘cause he thought I was good.”

At snack time, Grayson was ready to order at the snack bar with his grandfather’s Member number that they had practiced together until he memorized it. To his disappointment, Teri, who has served three generations of McCools, already knew who he was and didn’t need his number.

By the middle of the week, he was starting to make friends. During a putting contest, Grayson defeated one of the big kids and, from then on, he became the class favorite. Among the kids, he was known as a really good golfer and they would chant his name during his turn. On the last day, Grayson received the “Big Heart” award and glowing reviews from his coaches and the other campers. Mom considers his first year a success and is “so happy that he had a great time and that everyone was so nice to him!”

Grayson's story is just one of many, and thanks to One Night at McCools blog, we are able to share it with you. Brookhaven Country Club is living out our mission of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives. Well done, Brookhaven!

Original story and photos by One Night at McCools blog
http://onenightatmccools.blogspot.com/2015/07/grayson-golf-camp.html
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Congratulations to Philip Barbaree of Southern Trace Country Club! On July 25, he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, South Carolina. Down by 5 holes with eight left to go, he made a dramatic comeback for a 37-hole win. It will go down in USGA championship history as the most holes played in the past 10 years. With this victory, he became the first Louisiana resident since 1977 to win this championship. He also matched the largest comeback in the 68-year history of the event.

Philip grew up in the junior programs and on the courses of Southern Trace Country Club. His Dallas-based instructor, Cameron McCormick, also coached 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth.

Way to go, Philip! We’re proud to have you as a Member in the ClubCorp family!

Source: USGA http://www.usga.org/articles/2015/07/barbaree-produces-epic-rally-to-win-2015-u-s--junior-amateur.html
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We are proud to announce that The Houston Club was recently featured in "Weddings in Houston" magazine – an impressive honor for this elegant, upscale wedding venue. For Houston brides looking for the perfect location to host their big day, The Houston Club is the perfect place.

The feature appeared in the magazine’s “Real Weddings” section, and included a beautiful three-page photo spread, on pages 168-170, showcasing a recent wedding hosted at the Club. The perfect venue for modern, urban weddings, The Houston Club’s expansive views of downtown Houston stunned in the feature.

In addition to portraying the stunning views the Club offers, the magazine story also highlighted several of the many ways brides can customize the beautiful clubhouse to their taste. The photos illustrate that the Club is the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated and intimate wedding ceremony and reception venue.

Happy #WeddingWednesday!

Photo source: Weddings in Houston Magazine, July 2015 issue
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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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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