Augie and Lynne Nieto at Aliso Viejo Country Club's Charity Classic black-tie gala

At the Clubs

Clubs raise money for charities … pros and members win tourneys … athletes, politicians, and actors spotted

Photo by Janet Wheeland

Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif., raised a record-breaking $203,225 for Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partners Care Foundation, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County at the club’s ClubCorp Charity Classic event in June. The weekend featured a black-tie gala and a golf tournament. Augie’s Quest namesake Augie Nieto, and his wife, Lynne, attended the gala, while last year’s defending champs, Chris Chiasson, Bob Paul, Dan Shortall, and Mike Steele, repeated as tournament winners. The Aliso Viejo weekend shifts the Charity Classic season into high gear as more ClubCorp clubs prepare to host their own events.

The PGA Tour’s Midwest Classic returned to the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kan., for the fourth consecutive year in July. Winner Zack Sucher from Birmingham, Ala., finished with a 19-under 265.

In June, 82 members and guests from 29 clubs gathered at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, for ClubCorp’s BMW Two-Person Best Ball Challenge. In addition to competing on the course, members test-drove the latest BMW models, attended a four-course whiskey tasting dinner, and tried their hands at on-course contests for prizes.

Famous faces at the clubs: Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a political fundraiser in May for an intimate gathering of about 60, at the Capital City Club in Columbia, S.C., where he posed for photos with members and guests. … Actor Samuel L. Jackson stopped by the Commerce Club in Atlanta to attend an event hosted by his alma mater, Morehouse College. He posed for photos with members who were playing a “What’s in Your Purse” bingo game to celebrate “National Clean Out Your Purse Day” — quite the coincidence given his recent Capital One “What’s in Your Wallet” ads. …LA Clippers guard Jordan Farmar stopped by Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., to shoot hoops on the new basketball court with kids attending the club’s summer sports camp.

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