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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. 

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.

Enjoy!

After “I love you,” every girl dreams about hearing those four little words: “Will you marry me?” Earlier this month, Treesdale Golf & Country Club Member Christina's wish came true in a very magic moment on the Club's Orchard golf course! 

Brad, also a Member at the Club proposed to his now fiancé on the 9th hole, where he had hidden the ring in the cup. “It was a surprise and I had a photographer sitting in the trees in the parking lot to capture the moment,” Brad said. 

Now that is a 9th hole to remember!

After sharing their photos with us, Brad and Christina said that have “absolutely loved being Members of the Club and the 9th hole of the Orchard will now forever be a special place.”

Proposal

Congratulations to Brad and Christina on your engagement!

In an emotional day and night, ClubCorp's Gainey Ranch Country Club in Scottsdale honored the lone Granite Mountain Hotshot survivor, Brendan McDonough, and raised more than $110,000 for the families of the Yarnell 19 who lost their lives fighting a fire. After the golf tournament, McDonough in turn thanked the community for their support, saying while we can't bring his brothers back, we can do our best to honor them and take care of their families. 

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McDonough was met with a standing ovation at the reception of the Yarnell Fire Golf Fundraiser on August 2nd. He told the crowd of his first meeting with Gainey Ranch General Manager, Jim Murphy. "I was in a cafe in Yarnell, and I was on my way to a funeral, I sat down and ate breakfast by myself, and he recognized me and told me he wanted to help."
 
Raising over $110,000, with donations still continuing to climb, players paid anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to play a nine-hole round, with the money going to the Arizona 100 Club to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters.  An additional Fill-The-Boot-Campaign contributed to the overall funds raised, and will also be distributed to the Community of Yarnell. McDonough said donations are desperately needed for the wives and children of his fellow hotshots left behind. "There's a lot of children, unborn children, it's going to help a lot."
 
Gainey Ranch GM Murphy concluded with, "You see how many hugs they're giving him, the ovations they're giving him? He's a huge part of what we're doing today. We just want to show Brendan that we won't forget his brothers, which is exactly what he asked for."

Local TV station KPHO was at the event and ran this story on their newscast: Lone Hotshot Survivor: We can remember them in an amazing way

10-year-old Emma Costa, a junior member at Timarron Country Club in Southlake, TX, caught all of our attention over the weekend. The young talent advanced from the regional qualifier to the finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in Augusta, GA. The tournament is put on by the Masters Tournament Foundation, the United States Golf Association, and PGA of America.

Come April 6, 2014, the day before practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament, Costa will be representing North Texas at Augusta National Golf Club. Out of over tens of thousands of 7-15 year-old boys and girls that competed, Costa finished in the top 88 in the country. Costa has been working hard all summer as she competed in as many tournaments as possible in preparation for this moment. 

Along with her regional win, Costa receives three tickets to the Masters practice round. She's already designated one ticket for her caddy - her mom.

Emma Costa

Erica Lautensack, a junior at Arlington High School and Shady Valley Golf Club Member, continues to impress collegiate golf scouts as she dominated the Fort Worth Juniors Girls golf tournament last month. Lautensack went into the final round of the tournament with the title practically locked in but was determined to not let up.

Erica Lautensack

With a commanding lead, Lautensack used her short game in the final round to chip away at her distant opponents. She was only one of two golfers to score in the 70s throughout the 3-day tournament and concluded with a total score of 219, a 15 shot victory over second-place finisher Alexandra Schies.

“Going into today, I knew it wasn’t a guarantee, because you could lose that so fast, but it was probably after the first five holes that I really thought I was going to win,” Lautensack explained following her victory. “It’s one of my best finishes in a tournament this big...It’s actually my best finish in a tournament this big.”

Erica began playing golf with her dad at a very young age and has been a ClubCorp Member at Shady Valley since she could manage to swing a golf club. She was the junior club champion for two years and, more recently, has been the women’s club champion for the past two years. 

Congratulations, Erica!

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