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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Congratulations are in order. Dave Carr, PGA Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club, was named the PGA’s Northern California Player of the Year for the second year in a row!

This prestigious honor has earned Carr two more PGA tour exemptions, the first at this week’s Frys.com Open in Napa. The event takes place at the renowned Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course, and benefits the American Institute of Mathematics, among other charities. The Players of the Year will be formally recognized at the NCPGA Special Awards Ceremony held on December 7, 2014 at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, CA.

You can find Carr at Teal Bend, usually on the Club’s championship 18-hole golf course or in the Pro Shop. The Club offers Get Golf Ready classes, juniors’ golf programming, private lessons and more to help take your game to the next level. With Carr’s expert coaching and instruction, you might be on your way to earning an award of your own!

Congratulations to Dave Carr and Teal Bend Golf Club on this prestigious honor.

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The water tower at Firestone Country Club has become an iconic symbol of not only the Club, but of world-class golf and some of the country's finest tournament play. The water tower, built in 1956, still stands by Warner Road near the clubhouse and can be seen from all three Firestone courses. The creatively constructed water tower was designed to look like a golf ball sitting on a tee.

Standing at 120 feet tall it holds 50,000 gallons of water and is said to have been an original source for domestic water and fire protection. In 1994 the water tower was drained and taken out of use, however it still reminds us of all the great golf and tournaments played throughout the years.

Recently, this iconic symbol was re-coated by Thomarios Coating Group, using 95 gallons of Sherwin Williams paint.

This week participants from across the country will return to Las Colinas Country Club to compete in the Warrior Open, a competitive 36-hole golf tournament hosted by former President George W. Bush. The event honors U.S. service members who “serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organization that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military an their families.”

The Warrior Open is not open to the public, but you can follow the action on The Bush Center’s live leaderboard.

Good luck to all competing! 

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Congratulations to Carlos Aguirre, Tennis Director at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and the kids from the club’s Junior Tennis Program. The team placed second at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Grand Prix State Tournament at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.

The April Sound team qualified to represent the North Houston area by placing in the top two in the rankings following the area qualifying Grand Prix tournaments. Carlos was extremely proud that the kids were given the opportunity to attend the event, a fun-filled weekend during which the kids learned valuable life lessons about teamwork and hard work. The event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids to bond together and build lasting memories.

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