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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

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

Congratulations to Director of Instruction, Aurora Kirchner-McClain, and Teaching Professional, Lori Tatum, from the Golf Advantage School at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who coached Team Texas to the PGA Junior League National Championships in Atlanta this past fall.

To get to the Championships, Team Texas – an all-star team narrowed down from 80 kids from the program’s summer league – won post-season matches against teams from College Station, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas, before defeating all-star teams from Denver, Little Rock and St. Louis in the Oklahoma City JGL Regional Championship.

Team Texas finished sixth out of eight teams at the National Championship – quite impressive as more than 1,500 teams (18,000 junior golfers ages 13 and under) competed in the PGA Junior League Golf in 2014.

Congratulations to Aurora and Lori!

Today the Masters Tournament officially tees off at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia! Even though Tiger Woods and the famous 17th hole Eisenhower Tree won’t be there, the tournament still promises a lot of drama. Star veterans are returning like Roy McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are returning, but this year a record 24 Masters rookies will begin play, including Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth. We'll see what happens! You can follow the tournament leader board here.

Aside from this morning's exciting tee-off, Augusta also hosted fun junior festivities earlier this week! 

Leo Cheng, an 11-year-old representing Porter Valley Country Club, holed a 6-footer on the 18th hole to win his age bracket in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition! Leo's trophy was presented by Masters Champion Adam Scott

Falling behind Cheng, Brookhaven Country Club’s Kyle Cox placed fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. We are so proud of our young Members and wish them great future success! 

Happy Masters Week everyone!

Actuaries put the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one at 12,500-to-1. With four or five par 3's on a normal 18-hole course, that means that an amateur golfer might expect to get an ace once every 3,000 rounds of golf or so.


Here's where the math gets fuzzy.

At 9 years old, Evan Kugle is barely 3,000 days old. The odds say that Evan would need to have played one round of golf every day of his life from the day of his birth in order for him to have a hole-in-one.

He has two of them. 

Evan carded his second hole-in-one last Sunday on the Hills Course at ClubCorp's Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. He aced hole # 21 of the 27-hold course from the Gold tees, hitting a 5 iron from 121 yards.

Evan is a student of Stonebridge Ranch Director of Instruction Johnny Gray and has been in the Junior Academy for over 2 years now. Gray said of his student "Even is an exceptional kid and a phenomenal player. I'm constantly astounded by his abilities."

At this rate, Evan might have four by the time he graduates High School.

Day 2 of the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships are in full swing in Rancho Santa Fe. With an expected high temperature of 75 today and 76 tomorrow, the kids from Hong Kong, Germany, South Africa, Iceland, France, Thailand, Zambia (just to name a few) are enjoying competing in perfect Southern California weather!

The Boys 13 --14 Division is being played at ClubCorp's Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with other divisions competing at other facilities across the San Diego area.

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