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.
Today is the official day of the 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic. Although most clubs already have held their events or will be holding them at a later date, eight clubs are holding their events today with several more clubs' events taking place through the weekend. In addition to the golf tournaments and dinners, activities and events include a:
- Golf Outing and Hawaiian Luau at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas
- An Iron Chef team cook-off at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston
- “Memphis Music Masters II” featuring musical performances, spectacular food and spirits at The Crescent Club in Memphis, Tennessee
- Family Fun Day and 5K Run at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor, Washington
When a club hosts their Charity Classic, the doors to the club are open to the public to help support three great causes: the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation, Augie's Quest/ALS Therapy Development Institute, and the local charity you have chosen to support. It is a day to create a fantastic community event, showcase your club to non-Members, and to raise money for charity.
Good luck with your events!
Congratulations to Brent Cohen, Ben Hanson and Robert Ferreira – all three, who have worked together for several years as a team and last year earned two Gold and one Silver Circle of Excellence Awards, are taking on new leadership roles in the West Region of the Golf and Country Club Division.
Brent Cohen (pictured left) has been named General Manager at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbour, Washington. Most recently, Brent served as General Manager at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom, California, and Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln, California. Brent and his wife, Sara, 5-year-old daughter, Hailey, and 2-year-old son, Brandon, are excited about their move to Washington, the cooler temperatures and their new adventures.
Taking over as General Manager at Empire Ranch is Ben Hanson (pictured right). Ben joined ClubCorp as Head Golf Professional at Empire Ranch in 2010, worked under the leadership of Brent for four years and is now ready to step into the General Manager role. Ben and his wife, Stephanie, live in Roseville, California, and have two daughters – 2-year-old Grace, 1-year-old Sloane – and another child due at the beginning of next year.
Robert Ferreira (left) will continue serving as General Manager at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, where he has been employed since 1999 and General Manager since 2010. However, Robert will also now serve as General Manager at Turkey Creek Golf Club. Robert and his wife, Sasha, and sons Dylan, 9, and Luke, 7, live in Woodland, California, and, with Robert’s dual leadership opportunity, are happy to remain there where they are deeply rooted in the Woodland Little League.
Congratulations again to Brent, Ben and Robert!