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“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble” (Macbeth)! …Oh no, the witches have begun to brew, as the spookiest night of the year draws near!

Before they cast a spell on us, hopefully we can all make it to the fang-tastic Halloween parties around. There’s the Monster Mash at The Metropolitan Club, Halloween Spookatcular at Tampa Palms, Ghosts of Hackberry's Past at Hackberry Creek and more! It’ll be a howlin’ good time! Be sure to contact your home Club to see what chills and thrills they have planned for you!

Jolly Jack-O Lanterns!... What are you going to wear?! Well, according to Google Shopping, the top trending costume searches this year are:

  • Minion costume (Despicable Me)
  • Breaking Bad costume
  • Fox costume (“What Does the Fox Say” music video)
  • Duck Dynasty costume
  • Miley Cyrus costume
  • Minecraft costume (video game abut breaking and placing blocks)
  • Deenarys costume (Game of Thrones)
  • Batman costume
  • Gatsby costume
  • Daft Punk costume

Terror-ific costumes, don’t you think? Don’t forget about the classic witch, pirate, mummy, and ghosts too! While some costumes may seem twerkingly funny, we ask that all attire is family spook-proof at Club events.

Happy haunting!

Imagine traveling to Las Vegas for a chance to win one million dollars! That dream became a reality for Hunter’s Green Country Club Member JoAnne Tucker and her mother Anna Zovko, when they were chosen out of thousands of people to compete in the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest! What makes this mother-daughter story so special is that they both qualified as finalists on their own!

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The Bake-Off® contest is broken down into three categories: dinners, appetizers/sweets and breakfast. Each contestant had to submit an original recipe following the criteria given: no more than seven ingredients, 30 minutes or less of preparation, and two different eligible ingredients. Pillsbury narrowed down each category to 60 semi-finalists and then asked everyone to vote for their favorite. JoAnne and Anna marketed themselves together to try to get as many votes as possible. They passed out samples JoAnne’s breakfast bars with the slogan, “Vote for both and make a dream come true!” 

JoAnne and Anna really enjoy cooking and baking together. “Being finalists together is just icing on the cake,” JoAnne said. They want to thank all of their friends and family for support, but most of all the Hunter’s Green community. “We are truly appreciative of all their help and support throughout this process.” 

The top 33 finalists in each category will compete in the Bake-Off® in Las Vegas from November 10-12th for a chance to win one million dollars!

We love this story for two reasons: it shows how a mother's and daughter’s hobby turned into something great, as well as how the ClubCorp Tampa community stood behind their fellow Members to help them achieve their dream. 

After reading this post, we bet all of you are hungry; here are the links to JoAnne's and Anna’s recipes. Happy baking!

JoAnne — Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/chewy-oatmeal-raisin-breakfast-bars/231b4c75-642b-4411-bc64-ca371e72045f

Anna — Chicken Alfredo Brunch Pizza http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/chicken-alfredo-brunch-pizza/b819a82c-05b3-445e-8a04-e6e853d40770 

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.

Lobster-mania hits the clubs this month as we celebrate ClubCorp National Lobster Month! All of the clubs are excited to host their events and they have taken to Facebook to create some buzz, or…. wait, do lobsters even make noise? Nevermind then! Here’s a look at how three clubs have been having some fun with their events:

Lobsters have taken over the Carolina Club… literally! The bar, the conference room, their logo… they’re everywhere! We have also been informed that lobsters breath and listen with their legs. We didn't know that, did you?!

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Larry the Lobster, Canterwood Country Club’s newest mascot, has been spotted around the Club. Every week Canterwood posts Larry’s latest location and the first Member to guess it correctly receives a complimentary appetizer. Also, all Members who correctly guessed the location are entered into a drawing to receive two complimentary tickets to Lobster Feast on October 18th. So far Larry has been spotted at the Pro Shop – booking his tee time, of course – and in the storage area checking out the golf clubs and bags. 

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Looks like Larry hopped on a plane to the east coast, because he’s also been spotted in Tennessee at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club reading and planting cabbage!

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In honor of Larry and all of his friends – both human and crustacean – here are some fun facts about lobsters.

- Their brains are in their throats and their teeth are in their stomachs.

- Their approximate age is equal to their weight times four, plus three.

- They come in every color except red; until they're cooked, that is – then they're solid red!

(http://thelobsteringlife.com/2010/02/10-fun-facts-about-lobsters-and-one-dull-one/)

To all Members and Guests attending Lobster Feast, have a great time! 

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.

Bush Greeting the Warriors

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.

Marks team

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. 

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
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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/

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