At the Clubs
Tournaments and accolades ... athletes and actors spotted ... two clubs celebrate milestone anniversaries
In October, the Nancy Lieberman Foundation hosted its third annual celebrity golf classic at the Clubs of Prestonwood's Plano, Texas, location to raise funds for educational scholarships and student supplies such as laptops and backpacks. The organization also builds basketball courts in underserved communities, using the game as a motivational tool for youngsters. In addition to women's basketball Hall of Famer Lieberman, other celebs in attendance were former Dallas Cowboys Tony Dorsett and Everson Walls, ESPN anchor Jay Harris, and Michael Young and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, both former Texas Rangers players who are now special assistants to team general manager Jon Daniels. Golf great Annika Sorenstam also presented an instructional clinic during the event.
More famous faces at the clubs: ESPN sports commentator and Notre Dame football coaching legend Lou Holtz stopped by the Centre Club in Tampa, Fla., for a private event hosted by Regions bank for its clients. ... Actor Rob Lowe visited Texas' Houston Club for an exclusive dinner after his Brilliant Lecture Series appearance at the nearby Wortham Center. While at the club for a three-course meal, he hit a hole-in-one on the club restaurant's putting green.
Two clubs recently celebrated milestone anniversaries: Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas marked 25 years with a "Silver Soiree" that included an elegant buffet dinner, a DJ, an ice-luge drink station, and a photo booth. Of the 130 members who attended, 43 have been members for more than 20 years. The party also featured Memory Lane, a hallway decked out with photographs from club events throughout the years. ... The Harbour Club in Charleston, S.C., rang in its 20th year with a luau-themed bash, complete with a limbo contest, tropical cocktails, and Hawaiian dishes such as banana-leaf-smoked mahi mahi cooked up by executive chef Travis Overholt.
Golf Inc. magazine has named ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt the most powerful person in golf for 2014. Each year, the magazine ranks individuals and their organizations based on how they positively impact the golf industry. Affeldt topped the list of 30 important names in golf, including Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus, and Donald Trump.
Several ClubCorp clubs in the Atlanta and Dallas areas teamed up to raise funds for the First Tee organizations in their respective cities. In August, golf pros from 11 Dallas-area clubs played 100 holes of golf and raised more than $48,000 for the organization. In October, several Atlanta-area clubs did the same and raised almost $20,000. The First Tee aims to provide youth with an opportunity to develop life skills through the game of golf.
Member Julie Walke has written a new book, A Pictorial History of the University Club of San Diego, which follows the club back to its roots as the College Graduate Club in 1896 and includes its move to its current Symphony Towers location in 1989 when the club joined the ClubCorp family. The $55 book is available at the club.
PGA Northern Texas named Stephen Aumock, director of instruction at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, 2014 Teacher of the Year. Aumock has taught at Gleneagles for 11 years and has earned the PGA's master instructor designation.