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From January 1st  to today, 2013 has been a great year for ClubCorp! For our final blog post of the year, we wanted to highlight 13 great events that happened this past year.  

1) Cherry Valley Country Club, Oak Tree Country Club and Chantilly National Golf & Country Club were added to the ClubCorp family.

2) The first major of the LPGA Tour in 2013, The Kraft Nabisco Championship, was held at Mission Hills Country Club

3) Las Colinas Country Club hosted President George W. Bush’s Warrior Open.

4) The Carolina Club opened their doors to University of North Carolina students who were on campus on Thanksgiving.

5) Matt Ginella journeyed to Vista Vallarta Club de Golf to showcase the club in his Golf Channel show Morning Drive.

6) Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000.

7) Avid Golfer magazine recognized 12 ClubCorp clubs in its "2013 Best of The Private Clubs" list: Stonebriar Country Club, Gleneagles Country Club, Timarron Country Club, Las Colinas Country Club, Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, Trophy Club Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Canyon Creek Country Club, Walnut Creek Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Golf Club.

8) Gainey Ranch Golf Club raised more than $110,000 for the Yarnell community and the Granite Mountain HotShots to benefit the families of the fallen.

9) Tiger Woods claimed his 8th Bridgestone victory at Firestone Country Club.

10) Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz, executive chef at the Club at Cimarron, was named "2013 Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chef Association.

11) Oak Tree Country Club’s team won the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic.

12) ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt shaved his head to raise awareness and funds for the St. Baldricks Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

13) Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19.

See you next year! 

Emmitt Smith, eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer is at it again…but this time off the football field! Emmitt and his wife Pat care deeply about underprivileged kids' futures, which led them to create the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities “which offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.”

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To help raise awareness and funds for their organization, the Smiths will host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills[and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May. 

ClubCorp is a proud sponsor of The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge, and will host the seven qualifying rounds on the following dates:

-        The Clubs of Kingwood — January 20, 2014

-        The Hills of Lakeway — March 3, 2014

-        Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

-        Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

-        Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

-        Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

-        Haile Plantation — April 14, 2014 

(Quotes courtesy of www.emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

To many, golf is just a game. To those who know it best, however, it is microcosm of life. At its essence, golf is an individual in pursuit of, over 9 or 18 holes, being the best he or she can be on that day. Golf encompasses many of the same decisions and dynamics we face in any given day: showing up, selecting the right tool for the task, balancing risk vs. reward, conduct with dignity and proper etiquette, playing fair, having fun and finishing no matter what challenges were faced. Because golf is in so many respects akin to life, quotes about the game often hold wisdom that can apply off the course as well. Here are ten of our favorite quotes about golf that also apply to every day life.

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies. - Bobby Jones 

It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. - Arnold Palmer

The most important shot in golf is the next one. - Ben Hogan

It takes hundreds of good golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it. - Jack Nicklaus 

Missing a short putt does not mean you have to hit your next drive out of bounds. - Henry Cotton 

Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy. - Amy Alcott 

One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot - the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something. - Peter Jacobsen 

Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots. - Dr Bob Rotella 

Forget your opponents; always play against par.- Sam Snead

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. - Ben Hogan

Heather LeMaster, Assistant Golf Professional at Granite Bay Golf Club, won the Re/Max World Long Drivers Women's Division Championship in Mesquite, NV, beating out the previous two-time champion. LeMaster's victory drive was 306 yards, but her qualifying shot was even more impressive as she nailed it for a whopping 330 yards!

Heather LeMaster

Below are the full results.

Masters Division

Rick Barry - 334
Steve Clement - 324
Rick Scott - 295

Women's Division

Heather LeMaster - 306
Sandra Carlborg - 302
Jessica Wallstrom 282

Grand Championship Division

Bobby Wilson - 365
Pat Dempsey - 354 

Super Seniors Division 
Pat Dempsey - 359
Tom Garber - 352

Legends Division

Miguel Jaime - 340
Rick Barry - 338

Senior Dvision

Stephen Kennedy - 369
James East - 343 

Competitors now have their sights on qualifying for the October Eight. The event will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 30 and will be broadcasted on the Golf Channel. The winner takes home a grand prize of $250,000.

Apparently the PGA is just as impressed with Tiger Woods' 2013 season as we are. Last week, Woods was given the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year Award for the 11th time. Out of 16 tournaments, he won 5 along with finishing in the top 10 in three others. 

His tournament wins came from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Farmers Insurance Open, Players Championship, Cadillac Championship, and the Bridgestone Invitational.  

Woods has won the award more than anyone since it first started being handed out in 1990. The two men tied for second-most aren't even close to Woods, as they have both been given the award twice (Fred Couples and Nick Price). Woods commented on his accomplishment.

"I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing."

Woods hopes to carry his momentum into the 2014 season.

This weekend participants form across the country will return to Las Colinas Country Club to compete in The Warrior Open, a competitive 36-hole golf tournament. The event honors U.S. service members wounded in the global war on terror. The tournament spotlights organizations that support service members and their families. 

Warrior Open 2012

Although The Warrior Open is not open to the public, we invite you to follow the action on this year's leaderboard and on Twitter at @TheBushCenter

Last year, Corporal Chad Pfeifer, who won the tournament, scored a hole-in-one n the second round as President Bush looked on.

You can find photos and videos from the 2012 Warrior Open here: http://www.bushcenter.org/content/warrior-open-photos-and-video

David Carr, the PGA Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, CA, has been named Player of the Year by the Northern California Professional Golfers’ Association (NCPGA).

Carr's consistency throughout the 2013 season is evident as he finished in the top 7 in 11 of 13 events. Some of his more notable performances are when he finished 4th at the Stroke Play Championship, 3rd at the Match Play Championship, and tied for 1st at Pro Series 1 where he shot a 66.

Along with the Player of the Year title, Carr earned two exemptions into two PGA Tour Events during the 2013-2014 season. The first exemption occurs October 7 at the Frys.com Open at Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin, California., the second at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links in February.

Congratulations, David! 

David Carr

Tiger Woods can't seem to catch a break. For the third time this year, Woods was assessed a penalty as a result of someone calling in and alerting officials of a possible violation following his round at the BMW Championships on Friday. Woods was given a 2-stroke penalty for an infraction that occurred during the first hole, which is handedly the most questionable penalty call of the decade. 

Woods' ball landed in the rough in the midst of trees and other foliage. He moved a large rock out of the way of his ball, which was perfectly fine. He then attempted to move a stick resting in front of his ball which caused the ball to oscillate, so Woods retreated and let the stick remain in its place. There was a camera crew filming the whole sequence which allowed the action to be questioned by a viewer. I suppose that's a downside of being one of the greats, your every move is constantly being watched and/or filmed. 

Nobody was aware of any sort of violation at the time it occurred, including other players. Once Woods finished his round, he was halted when attempting to sign his score card. PGA Tour rules official, Slugger White, commented on the matter.

"He knew there was movement there, but he was very adamant that is oscillated and it stayed there. But this video was at the site, and the ball did in fact move."

Do you think the ball moved from its original spot? Watch the video below and see for yourself.

Every fall 70 teams from ClubCorp country clubs, business clubs, and societies from across the country compete together in the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic. This year's team event was held at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. The play-your-own ball format teams Country Club Members with their respective golf professional, while Business Club, and Society teams are paired with a ClubCorp golf professional. Competition at the event is always close, this this year being no exception as one stroke separated the top 3 teams.

The team of Andy Sheen, Stephen Grimes, Drew Litsch, Devin Davenport (pro), and Mike Scheitzach from Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma came out on top this year, followed by teams from Shadowridge Golf Club, located in Vista, California, and Canyon Gate Country Club, located in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to all teams participating in this year's Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic. Watch for details on next year's event coming soon! 

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Acura

The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic began this week at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. With more than 80 teams competing through this weekend, the 54-hole tournament promises to be a fun and spirited competition. 

At the welcome reception and dinner, Australian golfer Greg Norman made an appearance. He spoke about life lessons he learned on the golf course and then opened the floor to questions from the audience. The crowd learned that Norman practiced golf techniques for 10 hours a day, six days a week and did not play rounds of golf between tournaments. His favorite tournament is The Masters and his favorite competitor was Seve Ballesteros, who passed away in 2011. Norman said that both of their games improved when they played together; Ballesteros had a strong short game, while Norman was better at long drives.

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When they're not on the course, players and their spouses can enjoy Acura test-drives through the beautiful Texas Hill Country, visit Austin’s local attractions, meet new friends over dinner or cocktails and even win door prizes. 

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