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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. 

Yarnell

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

The annual Taste of Lone Star Community Event recently took place at The Hills of Lakeway in Austin, giving a whole new meaning to “everything is bigger and better in Texas.” Attended by more than 200 people from 22 participating Society of Lone Star Clubs, Members and Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food, great friends and live music by the oh-so-talented Jenna Paulette!

Members and Guests not only tasted, but judged the culinary creations in a variety of categories including Best Presentation and Best Overall Taste.

And the winners were……

Best Presentation- The University of Texas Club

The UT Club

Best Overall Taste- The Hills of Lakeway

Lakeway

Congratulations to both Clubs!

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!

Parents might say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and kids might say it’s the worst. Can you guess what I’m taking about? No, Santa Claus isn’t coming to town; it’s back-to-school season! 

That time of year has rolled around again, and we wanted to help parents out with some back-to-school tips for 2013.

  • Having trouble helping your daughter pick out a first-day-of-school outfit? Check out Seventeen Magazine’s quick list of fall fashion trends for girls. She’ll be voted “Best Dressed” in no time!
  • Clothes, backpacks, pens – it can all add up! Try to avoid over-spending this month by shopping on tax-free weekends. Check out your state’s tax-free shopping weekend, and find out what is exempt and what isn’t. 
  • Unless the Seven Dwarves live at your house, you probably don’t want to be tasked with waking up Sleepy and Grumpy. Ease your kids back into those early mornings by slowly changing bed and wake-up times now.
    Smartie Pants
  • Here’s a sweet idea via Anthem Golf & Country Club! On the first day of school tuck a pack of Smarties into your child’s lunchbox with a note saying “Hey there, Smartie pants. Have a great first day!” 
  • And last but certainly not least, start the school year off right and help someone else in need. Buy an extra notebook, pack of pens or any new school supplies. ClubCorp’s Skyline Club in Southfield, MI is currently accepting donations – please contact Cynthia Wozniak for more information. 

Actuaries put the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one at 12,500-to-1. With four or five par 3's on a normal 18-hole course, that means that an amateur golfer might expect to get an ace once every 3,000 rounds of golf or so.

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Here's where the math gets fuzzy.

At 9 years old, Evan Kugle is barely 3,000 days old. The odds say that Evan would need to have played one round of golf every day of his life from the day of his birth in order for him to have a hole-in-one.

He has two of them. 

Evan carded his second hole-in-one last Sunday on the Hills Course at ClubCorp's Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. He aced hole # 21 of the 27-hold course from the Gold tees, hitting a 5 iron from 121 yards.

Evan is a student of Stonebridge Ranch Director of Instruction Johnny Gray and has been in the Junior Academy for over 2 years now. Gray said of his student "Even is an exceptional kid and a phenomenal player. I'm constantly astounded by his abilities."

At this rate, Evan might have four by the time he graduates High School.

The 3-day long Bridgestone Invitational took place last week from Thursday till Saturday, however it may as well have been over Friday afternoon. Tiger Woods shot a record-tying 61 on Friday, leaving the other players to essentially fight for second place on Saturday. Woods finished with a -15 under 265, leading Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson by seven strokes. The victory marks Woods' eighth Bridgestone Invitational title, which is more times than Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, and Matt Kuchar have won total tournaments on the PGA tour.

"I don't know what it is. It just fits my eye, I've felt comfortable here. For some reason it just comes out and I put it together." Woods put up 19 birdies and one eagle to five bogeys in the tournament. This win also marks his 79th PGA Tour victory. 

Watch the highlights from Woods' second round on Friday below.

Congratulations to Santiago "Jimmy" De La Cruz for being named the 2013 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chefs Association. Jimmy is the Executive Chef at the Club at Cimarron in Mission, TX, as well as the Texas Chef Association Rio Grande Valley Chapter Director. The award was presented to Jimmy during the Texas Chefs Association Convention in Fort Worth, TX last month.

This award recognizes Jimmy as an outstanding chef who has demonstrated the highest standard of culinary skills and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices. With the Texas Chef of the Year title, next year Jimmy will compete for ACF U.S.A. Chef of the Year. We wish you the best of luck, Jimmy!

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.

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