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Jordan Spieth

July 14, 2013 - Jordan Spieth, a Dallas native and Member at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, makes history when he becomes the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years with a victory at the John Deere Classic. Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, outlasts David Hearn and defending champion Zach Johnson during a five-hole playoff to win the tournament. 

He is the first teenager to win a PGA title win since Ralph Guldahl, also a Dallas native, took the Santa Monica Open in 1931. In fact, following his first PGA win, Guldahl went on to win 15 additional events thoughout his career before becoming a golf instructor at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, where he worked from 1959 until 1987.

And, just to put things in perspective, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were all 20 when they picked up their first victories.

Christmas in July

Kimberly Varvel, Private Event Director at Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, California, and Concierge, Eric Lopez, put their creative caps on and put together an eye-catching Christmas in July display that is sure to get Members thinking ahead when it comes to their holiday party planning.

Julio Dupuy Sous chef at Norbeck Country Club

Julio Dupuy, Sous Chef at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, showed his patriotism on the Fourth of July by making an American flag made of red, white, and blue rice.

Austin Connelly

Congratulations to Austin Connelly, junior golf alum of Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas, who has qualified for the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale July 20-23, 2017. Connelly earned his spot on Tuesday by winning a four-player playoff with a birdie during a qualifier at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. The British Open will be 20-year-old Connelly’s first major championship.

Employee Partners and Members will especially want to keep their eye on Connelly as ClubCorp is an official sponsor of the golfer, who turned professional in 2016 and currently plays on the European Challenge Tour.

Before turning professional Connelly was ranked as high as fourth in the World Amateur Golf rankings and won the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational in 2015. As a junior golfer, Connelly was one of 12 players on Team USA at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland which resulted in the fourth consecutive win by the Americans.

This past April, Connelly was back at Hackberry where he held a Meet and Greet and Junior Clinic. During the event, Connelly also talked to the young golfers about his path from junior golfer to pro – a path just got a little more exciting. Good luck, Austin!

Click here (or cut and paste the link below to watch on your mobile device) to watch a video with Connelly talking about opportunities offered by Hackberry Creek, ClubCorp and the junior golf programming.

Official Women's Day

The Georgia General Assembly recently approved a resolution by Patrina King (pictured top photo, left), founder of Golf Women Mean Business and Member of The Commerce Club in Atlanta, to have June 6 recognized as Women's Golf Day in Georgia. 

To mark this very special occasion, Members celebrated big – enjoying a full day of club-scheduled activities. Participants started the day with official remarks at the Georgia State Capitol; enjoyed lunch, a social reception, and a nine-hole contest at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge; and closed the day with a cocktail reception, formal dinner, and awards presentation at The Commerce Club. 

Both clubs were happy to help celebrate this milestone for the state and show their support for all girls and women playing golf and learning skills that will last a lifetime.

David Angely Sous Chef

David Angely, Sous Chef at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club in Richmond, Virginia, recently was featured on a local talk and entertainment show, Virginia This Morning, preparing Pan Seared Scallops with a Butternut Squash Puree and Trout Caviar Topping. 

Chef David, who has been at the club for a year, is a standout on the Stonehenge culinary team and did a great job showcasing his skills.

Click here to see the segment. 

Anthem Kids summer camp

Summer is in full swing and the Kid’s Summer Camp at Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Arizona, has been a huge hit so far. In addition to golf, tennis and swimming, Anthem is offering new theme-filled fun activities, including basketball, baseball, crafts, movies and indoor, outdoor and water games. The kids are having a blast and staying busy and active far, far away from their electronics.

The City Club of Washington in Washington, D.C., recently hosted a successful Diplomatic Corner Luncheon with Leonidas Pantelides, Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States. Members and guests from the Sister Cities International, nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, mingled before listening to Ambassador Pantelides’ presentation on economic, political and social affairs in Cyprus. The Club looks forward to July’s installment of the DCL with Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States.

Photo, from left: Cyprus’ Ambassador to the United States, Leonidas Pantelides, with City Club General Manager Peter Miller.

Tower Club Dallas Meeting Professionals International

Kudos to Tower Club in Dallas, which recently served as the venue to the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 40th Anniversary Gala. Chris Roach, ClubCorp Director, National Sales, and former MPI DFW Chapter Board member, knowing the Tower Club team would do a great job, reached out to the club to serve as the venue and afterward proudly reported that the team “knocked it out of the park.”

Chris added, “From planning with the core event committee to execution of the event last night including the Past Presidents Reception, coordinating the special touches at the Gala Cocktail Hour, scrumptious duet entrée dinner with “speed service,” and ending the evening with personalized Fond Farewells at the elevators… the entire Tower Club team surpassed all expectations from me, the MPI Board, and all of the guests.”

Some of the comments Chris received from MPI members included:

Sherry Kupke Delagarza, MPI DFW Chapter President, “Chris thank you for your help in securing The Tower Club for our anniversary celebration. Your team did an A-MAZING job and truly make it a very special night. Congrats on a job very well done!”

Erin Lucia, MPI DFW President-Elect, “Truly amazing evening and wow the menu!!! Thank you!!”

Melissa Logar, MPI DFW Past-President (text during the event), “The food is amazing!”

Chris predicts the event will go down in the record books as one of the best ever, and not to be surprised if the event is nominated and even wins the award for the year’s best MPI DFW event.

Great job to Vicki Welch, Private Events Director (pictured above), Cory Haynes, General Manager, and the entire Tower Club team!


Topgolf®, the global leader in sports entertainment with the world’s largest digital golf audience, is teaming with ClubCorp to grow interest and participation in golf among Topgolf’s 10.5 million players and ClubCorp’s 430,000 members. The strategic alliance, announced today, results in Topgolf providing new technology and benefits for ClubCorp members, and ClubCorp providing special offers and experiences at ClubCorp clubs. 

"Topgolf is leading the next generation of the sport and constantly innovating to attract new fans to golf. Our alliance with ClubCorp signifies our commitment to not only help Topgolf guests transition to green grass, but also refresh how ClubCorp and Topgolf fans play both on and off the course,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. 

“Both Topgolf and ClubCorp have been leading the industry in encouraging fun golf entertainment,” said ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt. “That’s why a ClubCorp and Topgolf collaboration is so interesting. With our more than 430,000 members across North America and Topgolf’s tremendous reach among new golfers and even non-golfers, we have an opportunity to introduce and reinforce the great game among a massive audience.” 

Click Here to read the entire release.

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