At the Clubs
Legendary athletes bring personal projects to several ClubCorp clubs ... junior teaching pros earn recognition
Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith has chosen six ClubCorp clubs to host his inaugural Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge, a series of charity tournaments benefiting Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. In January, the retired football star appeared at the Clubs of Kingwood near Houston for the Challenge’s first event, which raised more than $26,000. At press time, Smith was scheduled to appear in early March at Challenge events at the Hills of Lakeway in Austin, Texas, and Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Fla. Still ahead: Bear’s Best Atlanta in Georgia, March 25; Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, March 31; and Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club in Gainesville, Fla., April 14. Tournament winners and the teams that raise the most money qualify for a chance to play in the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational, a two-day golf-and-entertainment event set for May 9-10 in North Texas.
Tennis star Venus Williams presented the spring line of her EleVen by Venus active wear to 80 members and guests at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in December. Thirteen members modeled new looks from the line during a fashion show. Williams also participated in a Q-and-A moderated by former touring tennis pro Tommy Tucker and posed for photos with members and guests.
Celebrity sightings continued at City Club Los Angeles, where NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar promoted his Skyhook Foundation and autographed books at an LA Rotary Club private event. Named after Abdul-Jabbar’s signature shot, the Skyhook Foundation connects underprivileged youth with mentors and educational programs.
U.S. Kids Golf named Brookhaven Country Club teaching professional Joey Anders one of 2013’s Top 50 Kids Teachers based on his innovation, creativity, and efforts to grow the game. Anders, who has taught at the Dallas-area club for nearly 12 years, says juniors learn best when they are on the course practicing and watching, rather than listening to a lecture. ClubCorp’s Kathy Grant Nyman from Deercreek Country Club near Jacksonville, Fla.; Robin Rasch from Oak Pointe Country Club near Detroit; and Robert L. Smith II from Granite Bay Golf Club near Sacramento, Calif., received honorable mentions.