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!
Congratulations to Randy Mattingley, Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who has been awarded the Alex Gordon United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Professional of the Year at the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference in New York.
This is the highest award that a USPTA professional can attain. Randy is a USPTA Master Professional with more than 36 years of experience and has served in many capacities of the Texas Division of the USPTA as well as on the national USPTA Board of Directors. He has also been named the USPTA Professional of the Year twice in Texas.
Congratulations again, Randy!
The first-ever LA Club Classic was held recently with Members from Porter Valley Country Club (Northridge, California); Braemar Country Club (Tarzana, California) and City Club LA enjoying a fun-filled weekend that included a Saturday night cocktail reception at the City Club LA and Sunday golf tournament at Braemar followed by an award ceremony.
Mingling among Members during the cocktail hour spurred a friendly competition that fired up the players for the next day’s tournament. The day of the tournament, participants and their family members attended a brunch hosted at Braemar, where Executive Chef James Morris showcased a variety of dishes and got rave reviews afterward.
During the tournament, two players from each club were teamed with two players from another club, leading to new friendships on the course. To spur on the competition, Director of Golf, Seth Jamison, included two closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests, with beverage stops along the way.
The day ended with an awards ceremony on the club’s scenic patio that was attended by the golfers as well as their family members. First, second, and third place teams received engraved LA Club Classic 2014 beer mugs and, after combining the top five scores from each club, Braemar was named the winning club and received the LA Club Classic Trophy to be displayed at the club until next year. Members were thrilled to represent their home club in this year’s tournament and are looking forward to playing again next year.
Members and staff of The Houston Club bid a Fond Farewell to the club’s previous location when the building – within viewing distance of the club’s current location – was recently imploded. The club held a viewing party breakfast for the 7:00 a.m. implosion with Members showing up as early as 4:00 a.m. to ensure they had a good view and to give themselves time to reminisce. In addition, a local television news station was on hand to cover the event.
As the club was in its previous location for more than 50 years, it was an emotional morning with many Members, including four past Board of Governors Presidents, remembering old times but also celebrating the club’s new location as well. The staff also was able to get some bricks from the old building, which were then sold during the club’s Charity Classic event.
The event gave the Members an opportunity for a long goodbye that really took only a few minutes.
Carlos Aguirre, Director of Tennis at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and Neal Cohrs, Assistant Tennis Professional, went back to school recently as guests at a local elementary school. The two were there to raise awareness about tennis and the 10-and-under tennis programs at April Sound but also to provide some fun for the kids.
Neal put his kinesiology background to use and put together a lesson plan about human movement and tennis that worked for all the kids from kindergarten through fourth grade.
The children had a great time, the teachers got a break from their daily routine and the club was able to get the kids excited about tennis and share information about their various tennis programs and summer camps. A real win/win for everyone and extra kudos to Carlos, who helped implement tennis into the elementary schools in 2011, making a difference in increasing young tennis players in the surrounding areas.
One of this year’s beneficiaries of Tower Club Tysons Corner’s Charity Classic event is an organization close to the Club’s heart.
On August 15th 2013, the Club’s Private Events Director Lindsay Rhoades' 2-year-old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Stillbrave, a local charity that provides non-medical, supportive care to children with cancer and their families, was the first charity to reach out to Lindsay's family when their world turned upside down.
Tower Club is proud to support not only Stillbrave and its work supporting those affected by cancer, but Augie’s Quest and ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation.
The Tower Club Unmasked Charity Classic event takes place next week, on October 30, and features an art promenade and a silent auction. Guests can also enjoy decadent cuisine and dazzling drinks, all benefiting these worthy causes.
Can't make it to the Club's Charity Classic event? Support these great causes from afar by bidding on silent auction items online or on your mobile device.
You can register for the event online at the Club’s website.
Some Members of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, had an incredible night recently watching Major League Soccer when FC Dallas faced off against the Seattle Sounders led by World Cup star, Clint Dempsey. A group of Gleneagles finest junior Members had the honor of escorting the FC Dallas team onto the field before the televised game.
The kids had pre-game field access and all got high-fives from Clint Dempsey and Kenny Cooper, Jr., also of the Seattle Sounders and whose father, Kenny Cooper, Sr. – who had his own formidable career playing professional
soccer – is a Member at Gleneagles.
When Kenny Cooper, Jr. recognized the kids were from Gleneagles, he stopped to say hello. It was a special moment. The kids also got to high-five the entire FC Dallas team as they came off of the field from their pre-game warm up.
In the stands sitting in mid-field seats were 50 Gleneagles Members cheering on the youngsters as well as their home-town FC Dallas team, which earned a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders. It was a night both parents and kids will not forget.
For more photos of the event click here to check out their Facebook Album: FC Dallas Night
Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, recently took a step back in time and held a tennis tournament requiring the participating adults to use only wooden tennis racquets. The club simultaneously held a regular-racquet junior tournament to keep the kids busy while their parents played. Despite a very rainy morning, quite a few turned out to play and it was quite the family affair. In the hotly contested 12-year-old boys division Ryan Lyles, whose dad played in the wooden racquet tournament, beat out Hud Huskins, whose mother won the wooden racquet tournament. Meanwhile, family members were on hand to cheer on their siblings and parents.
Kudos to all the departments that worked together to make the event a success. Member Relations promoted the event, the Food and Beverage Staff provided a great set-up of appetizers, and the Head Tennis Professional Jason Goldman-Petri nearly gave up his mint wooden racquet as a loaner for a needy player.
City Club Raleigh – the former Cardinal Club and Capital City Club now under one roof – unveiled its newly reinvented club recently for more than 100 Members during a combined Grand Opening and Charity Classic event. It was an exciting night as attendees were greeted in the lobby of the downtown building and had their photos taken with a City Club Raleigh backdrop before walking a red carpet with butlers passing Champagne.
Once on the 28th floor, Members got their first look at their new club with a brand new acrylic staircase (completed the night before), new dining areas and new Anytime Lounge.
Sample gourmet bites of new menu items and drinks were served while Members and Guests enjoyed live music. Attendees also got the opportunity to bid on original artwork from the Cardinal Club and Capital City Club.
It was a lovely evening from start to finish with Members getting a taste of the future of the club and raising money for good causes as well.
Several greater Atlanta-area clubs teamed together recently to play their First Tee Marathon at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia. Participating clubs included Country Club of Gwinnett, Bear's Best, Woodside Plantation Country Club and Country Club of the South.
The groups teed off at 7 a.m. and, 10 hours later, completed 100 holes of golf and raised almost $20,000 for The First Tee! What a great way for a team to come together for a good cause.
The bar for next year has now been set and, with more than 30 clubs now in the Atlanta market, the results should go far beyond and serve as an event that unites even more of the area Golf Professionals.
Good job to all involved!