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We are only one day away from the start of the Bridgestone Invitational! As you gear up for the event, have you ever wondered how the players qualify to play?

Eligible players are:

  • Playing members of the 2012 U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams. NOTE: In even-numbered years, playing members of the last-named U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams shall replace the last-named Ryder Cup teams.
  • The top-50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 22, 2013, and Monday, July 29, 2013.
  • Tournament winners, whose victories are considered official, of tournaments from the Federation Tours since the prior year's Bridgestone Invitational (with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more).
  • The winner of the following tournaments from each of the following Tours: Japan Golf Tour Championship (2013) and Bridgestone Open (2012) from the Japan Golf Tour; Australian PGA Championship (2012) from the Australasian Tour; Dimension Data Pro-Am (2013) from the Southern Africa Tour; and Thailand Golf Championship (2012) from the Asian Tour.

74 players are eligible for the premier golf event, however one man chose to set golf aside as he and his wife celebrate the wonderful gift of new life. Hunter Mahan announced his withdrawal from the tournament Monday following the birth of his first child, Zoe. 

“I have elected to officially withdraw myself from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational so that I can take the opportunity to spend this precious first week at home with Zoe,” he said in a statement. “I would like to thank the PGA Tour for supporting my decision not to play this week."

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In honor of its recent opening, Members of the The Downtown Clubs of Raleigh were invited to attend a special event at the Watergate exhibit at the nearby North Carolina Museum of History last week. The exhibit opened on May 17, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the first televised hearing of the Senate Select Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon's 1972 campaign for re-election. The guest of honor at the event was Rufus L. Edmisten, a founding Cardinal Club Member and Deputy City Chief Council member to the Watergate Committee. 

Members began their evening with a private tour of Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency which included the viewing of significant artificats such as a memo and page from one verison of the Nixon administration's "enemies list," one of the subpoenas served to President Nixon's lawyer, and the gavel Sen. Ervin used while chairing the Senate Select Committee. After the tour concluded, Members arrived back at the Cardinal Club for dinner featuring Pezzi King wines and a four-course meal inspired by the time period. The meal featured items such as Crispy Cottage Cheese and Ketchup, Steak and Meatloaf, and Orzo Stroganoff. 

Edmisten met with members between meals and reflected on the events that took place in 1973 and how it impacted America. The members of the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh truly enjoyed this experience and are grateful to have learned more about the historical events that took place 40 years ago.

Jordan Spieth made history on Sunday as he became the first teenager to win a PGA event since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. 19 year old Spieth sunk a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation to send him into a playoff with David Hearn and the defending champion, Zach Johnson. The intensity grew hole after hole, leading up to Spieth's grand finale in the 5th round. Spieth set up for a 26-inch putt on the 18th green, and nailed it. Along with a smooth $828,000 prize check, Jordan Spieth also earned a spot in next week's British Open in Scotland.

Oh, and did I mention Spieth is a Dallas native and member of our very own Brookhaven Country Club? Spieth attended Jesuit College Preparatory school in Dallas, TX and moved to Austin to begin his college career at the University of Texas. Making a name for himself early on in is time at Texas, Spieth won three events and lead the team in scoring average during his freshman year. He was also named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, selected to the All-Big 12 Team, and named a first-team All-American.

Aside from his accolades, Jordan Spieth shares something in common with previous teenage PGA victor, Ralph Guldahl. Guldahl was also a Dallas native as he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1931, Guldahl entered the Santa Monica Open during his rookie season at age 19 and came out on top. He went on to win 15 additional PGA events throughout his career before retiring in 1959. After his professional career came to an end, Ralph Guldahl became a golf instructor at ClubCorp's own Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA.

We wish Jordan Spieth the best of luck as he competes in the British Open. If nothing else, he can now say he's accomplish something Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Roroy McIlroy never did.

One of the most exciting events in golf is getting closer, sports fans. From August 1-4, Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH will host the Bridgestone Invitational. The event will showcase a pool of elite golfers from around the world while benefitting a great cause. 75% of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, making this tournament not only a treat to watch but a great way to make an impact in the lives of children everywhere.  

Firestone is home to three courses, all of which stand out amongst the most prestigious in the country. The Invitational will take place on the par 70 South course which features 7,283 yards of shear beauty. This course was designed by the world famous Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Jones designed roughly 500 courses in 45 states and 35 different countries. 

An American has won the tournament 10 times since 1999, with Tiger Woods contributing with a mere 7 victories. Will Keegan Bradley defend his title from 2012? Why not attend the event yourself and find out?

Purchase Tickets Here

Members of ClubCorp clubs now have 54 new holes of golf to play! ClubCorp recently announced the addition of Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, and Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey.


Oak Tree Country Club, one of Oklahoma’s premier private country clubs for families and golf enthusiasts, is located approximately 15 miles north of Oklahoma City and is the only private country club in the metro area featuring 36 holes of golf. Meticulously designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye, Oak Tree’s two 18-hole golf courses earned spots on the Golf Digest 2013 Top 10 “Best in State” rankings. Renowned for their splendor and challenging play, the East Course and West Course wind gently through the Oklahoma landscape and rolling terrain, preserving the character of the land while offering a challenge around every bend.

Located four miles from historic Princeton, Cherry Valley Country Club serves as the preeminent family club in the area and features an 18-hole Rees Jones-designed


 championship golf course. Well known for its undulating greens, contoured fairways and meticulous grounds and playing more than 7,000 yards from the championship Rees’ Tees – the Cherry Valley course is challenging yet fair for golfers of all skill levels.

Multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects are currently being planned for both clubs. The news releases announcing the additions of each club are here: Oak Tree Country Club and Cherry Valley Country Club

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The world is watching intently as the biggest and the best LPGA stars battle it out during the first major on the LPGA tour, the 42nd annual Kraft Nabisco Championship, held April 1-7 at our beautiful Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The tradition-rich event hosts more than 100 of the top LPGA golfers from all over the world and the prize is much more than a trophy.

The winner gets to share a place in history with some of the biggest icons in womens' golf, a chance to don the famous white robe and take the legendary leap into Poppie's Pond as champion.

In fact, this year is the 25th anniversary of the jump.

In 1988, Amy Alcott, overcome with her excitement after winning the Championship, made the original "splash heard 'round the world" and jumped into Poppie's Pond. The rest is history!

Click here for a timeline of one of the longest-running traditions in women's golf: 

ClubCorp is so proud to be a part of this historic tournament, which has been held at the magnificent Mission Hills Country Club since the tournament's inception in 1972. Along with the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., the Kraft Nabisco Championship boasts the longest run of any Major at a single venue.

We're so very honored to be its' host!

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The deed is done!
ClubCorp's President and CEO Eric Affeldt put his hair where his mouth is and shaved his head on March 30 to raise much-needed funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Although the event was for a serious cause, the atmosphere at Trinity Hall Irish Pub in Dallas was upbeat and spirited as families and friends cheered on dozens of other 'shavees' for the 10th Annual St. Baldrick's Day.

To date, Eric has raised almost $70,000 of his $100,000 goal! Well done!

Every little bit helps and if you'd like to support Eric by donating to either or both of these well-deserving charities, please visit:

Here at ClubCorp, we love Springtime! The changing of the seasons means we're getting closer to perfect golf, tennis and patio weather.

If you are entertaining this season and want to wow your guests, why not try one of our great recipes?

Fresh from our innovative Food and Beverage Department, we bring you two recipes ideal for spring:

Cedar Planked Salmon and Asparagus Noodles
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Ingredients for one serving:
5oz. Salmon Fillet
5 Asparagus Spears
1/2 Red Tomato, Julienne
2 fl. oz. Dill Shallot Vinaigrette (see below)
1 fl. oz. olive oil
1/4 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1/16 oz. micro greens
1/2 oz. Butter
1 fl. oz. White Wine

  1.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper and pan sear in the olive oil.
  2.  Place on a soaked cedar plank and finish cooking in a 350 degree oven.
  3.  While the salmon is cooking saute the asparagus noodles in the butter and white wine. Be sure to season to taste.
  4.  To plate, place the asparagus noodles and tomatoes on a warm plate, top with the cooked salmon and drizzle with the dill shallot vinaigrette around the plate.
  5.  Garnish with micro greens. To make the asparagus noodles: Take a potato peeler to the asparagus to create the noodles.

Ingredients for Dill Shallot Vinaigrette:
2 fl.oz. fresh dill
2 minced shallots
1 cup sherry vinegar
2 cups olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic

  1. Chop the dill and shallots and mix with the oil and sherry. This is a broken vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper 


Goat Cheese Salad with a Maple Sherry Vinaigrette

Ingredients for one serving:

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1 oz. mesclun lettuce
6 black berries
1 oz. chopped cooked bacon
2 oz. crusted goat cheese
2 fl. oz. maple sherry vinaigrette
1/8 radicchio lettuce
1/8 frisee lettuce
2 oz. panko bread crumbs

  1. Bread goat cheese with a standard breading procedure in panko bread crumbs.
  2. Drop them in a deep fat fryer and fry until golden brown. About 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to fry too long.
  3. Toss the greens in the maple sherry vinaigrette and place on a chilled plate.
  4. Top with fried goat cheese and garnish with crumbled bacon and blackberries. 

Ingredients for Maple Sherry Vinaigrette:
1cup. Maple Syrup
2/5 cup Sherry Vinegar
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 tsp fresh chopped basil
2 tsp minced onion shallots
1 cup olive oil 

  1. Blend all ingredients in blender except the oil
  2. Gently add oil until desired consistency
  3. Season to taste. 

Bon Appétit!

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We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.

Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.

Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!

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After a 20-year-long absence, the LPGA is returning to North Texas April 25-28, 2013 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving!

And it's going to be big.

Not only is the player lineup loaded with local Texan stars, but the Shootout is offering rare opportunities for both collegiate and highschool players to play alongside the LPGA pros.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the North Texas College Shootout was held at Las Colinas with two spots at the Shootout on the line.

After a beautiful morning on the course, two lead ladies emerged and tied for first and second. Madison Pressel of the University of Texas and Casey Grice of the University of North Carolina snagged the two sponsor's exemption spots with scores of even-par 71.

As if playing on their first LPGA tour wasn't enough, both ladies had a different added bonus.

Madison Pressel, a senior at UT, is the younger sister of LPGA star Morgan Pressel, who is also scheduled to play at the Shootout.

"Being able to play my first round in an LPGA tournament with my sister will be awesome," said Madison.

Casey Grice, although a junior far away at UNC, calls College Station, Texas, home.

"This is a great opportunity for me to play with the pros," said Grice, a junior at UNC.  "I'm [a native], so I was excited to see the LPGA return to North Texas."

Chelsea Mocio and Katerina Ruzickova are teammates at Texas A&M and from placing third and fourth have earned the opportunity to play in the LPGA Monday Qualifier on April 22 against a field of professionals competing for two spots in the LPGA tournament proper. Mocio carded a 73 and Ruzickova finished with a 74.

The North Texas LPGA Shootout will be held April 25-28, 2013. The 144-player official money tournament is the Tour’s first in the North Texas region in more than 20 years.

For tickets and information on available pro-am spots please Click Here.

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