Former President George W. Bush hosts The Warrior Open, a competitive golf tournament kicking off today at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas. ClubCorp is also sponsoring this event which features and honors post–9/11 U.S. Armed Forces members who were wounded in combat. In addition to honoring those who serve our country, the Warrior Open also honors the many organizations that support the military and their families.
Pre-tournament events began yesterday with The Warrior Open Pro-Am where professional golfers including Justin Leonard, Paul Stankowski, David Graham, Finley Ewing, Chris Parra, Joe Ogilvie, Ryan Palmer, Martin Flores, Jim Holtgrieve and JJ Henry, played alongside the warriors, caddies and military organizations. This was an opportunity for the players to warm-up, enjoy themselves and chat with President Bush, who rode around to every hole visiting the players and taking pictures with family members.
After a color guard ceremony, the national anthem and remarks from President Bush, the 24 players will take to the course to begin their first day of golf. The Warrior Open is not open to the public, but you can follow the action through The Bush Center’s website, leaderboard and Twitter account, @TheBushCenter.
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.
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.
Coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning recently spoke at the Centre Club about the upcoming 2013-2014 season. It was an event intended to bring the Tampa community together with the team, and for the team to share their story.
Cooper is new to the Tampa area, having just been signed Head Coach in March. He was impressed by everyone’s positivity and is proud to be a part of the community andfranchise. He said that his favorite part of the evening was the interaction with everyone after his speech.
The event was a great success, and to top it all off the Lightning gave Centre Club a hockey puck on dry ice!
Here's a video recapping the event: http://video.lightning.nhl.com/videocenter/
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.
Turtle season is in full swing down in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Every year from June to December, female Olivier Ridley turtles travel to Mexican beaches to lay their eggs.
The turtles generally arrive on the beach between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. – if guests stay at the resort during turtle season and stay up past their bedtime (we won't tell), they might catcha first-hand glimpse!
With the help of biologists and the Sea Turtle Protection program, eggs are collected nightly so vacationers don’t accidentally step on an egg during the day. The eggs are then taken to a nursery in the hotel until they are born, usually 45 days later. Then with the help of the hotel staff and guests, the turtles are returned to the beach where they are set free. Through this program, more than 337,000 baby turtles have been saved and returned to the wild. Kudos, team!
Lucky for ClubCorp Members, 30% of the nests are laid in front of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort, one of ClubCorp's affiliate partner resorts. Visit this resort and experience the awe-inspiring turtles, while also enjoying all-inclusive golf privileges at the luxurious Vista Vallarta and Marina Vallarta Clubs with the Stay and Play package!
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!
Serena Williams handled her task of defeating Victoria Azarenka on Sunday, making it her 17th Grand Slam Title and fifth U.S. Open title. These stats are only matched by one other person; Roger Federer.
Williams won in three straight sets: 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. It was a long, hard-fought battle between the two tennis stars, lasting 2 hours, 45 minutes as Williams (31) became the oldest woman to win the Open. This also marks the longest women's singles Open final since 1980 when the time started to be recorded.
Following her loss, Azarenka had encouraging words for the victor, “I think it’s incredible what she’s achieving. She’s playing definitely her best tennis right now. That’s just really exciting for me to be able to compete against that type of player who can be the greatest of all-time.’’
Serena won her first open back in 1999, making her the first player in tennis history to win a U.S. Open 14 years after winning their first.
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.
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.
Ah, the game of golf. Often called "a good walk spoiled," the game can turn the mildest of mannered into a competitive beast.
In this very relatable video, shared by The Hills of Lakeway on its Facebook Page, the guys from the comedy team of Dude Perfect portray a wide variety of golf stereotypes to be found on any course. To be honest, I see myself in way more than just one of these.