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Salsa Bowl Winners With Trophies

Tampa Bay Community raised more than $4,000 and collected food, toys and bedding to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay during its recent 5th Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. In addition, seven dogs were adopted out to forever homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event, which was sponsored by local businesses.

In all, 13 teams competed for the coveted “Chili/Salsa Bowl” trophies with more than 300 Guests and club Members sampling entries from all of the contestants and voting for the People’s Choice winners. Team Charlie’s Pride won for both salsa and chili this year. Panel judges, Fox 13 Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne, DreamFIT Ice Cream Co-founder Nick McNeil and Corporate Executive Chef of First Watch Restaurants Shane Schaibly voted on their favorite entries, announcing Team HEAT Yoga as the amateur salsa winner and Team Hot Stuff (East Lake Woodlands Country Club Members) for the amateur chili prize. Team Countryside Country Club claimed the best Pro Chili and Pro Salsa awards.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better!” said Amy Jo Blevens, Area Network Manager for ClubCorp. “I am so thankful for our hard working ClubCorp staff, club Members from all of our Tampa Bay area clubs and their Guests. It is through these wonderful people and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.” Funds and products will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for companion animals in need through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Reggie Kratzer, General Manager at The Country Club of the South has been named the General Manager of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). This award honors the General Manager who displays unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers. The Country Club of the South is the site of the AJGA’s Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno held each spring.

Kratzer has been heavily involved in Wells Fargo Junior Classic since taking over the role of general manager at Country Club of the South in 2012. While he has been in that role, the tournament has received four AJGA tournament awards, including the 2011 Hospitality Award, the 2012 Open Tournament of the Year Award and the 2013 Charitable Giving Award. 

Congratulations, Reggie!

The brand new year is bringing a brand new reinvention to Hackberry Creek Country Club! Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2014) Hackberry Creek is working hard to make Members’ country club lifestyle better than ever before. With the upcoming 2015 clubhouse reinvention, Members and their guests can enjoy:

NEW Casual Family Dining Area
Bring the whole crew for our signature dishes and watch your favorite team on the big screen TVs, while the kids play games in the entertainment zone. 

NEW Bar and Lounge
Connect with friends and colleagues at happy hour as you sample local craft beers and a great selection of wines, and grab dinner from our Chef’s Table.

NEW Outdoor Terrace
Lounge and visit with friends on the terrace while enjoying stunning golf course views, weekly live music and so much more!

Updated Driving Range Amenities
Relax at the pool in style in one of our new cabanas or at the poolside bar, while your kids enjoy the new slide and kid zone.

NEW Resort-Style Pool Experience
Enhance your game with improved hitting stations and target greens, enjoy music on the range and more!

With this exciting new reinvention on the way, there’s never been a better time to join the fun. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a fine meal and casual conversation, the vibrant green hills and foliage surrounding Hackberry Creek provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing game or an exquisite dining experience. 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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