Historic tournament win … clubs host juniors … famous faces spotted ... anniversary party
Members of Brookhaven Country Club near Dallas are still abuzz about fellow member Jordan Spieth making golf history. In July, the 19-year-old won the John Deere Classic — his first PGA Tour victory — at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., with a par 4 on the fifth extra hole, becoming the first teen since 1931 to win a Tour event. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods picked up their first Tour wins at age 20.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Amy Alcott led an hourlong short-game clinic at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in June. Eighty members and guests watched Alcott perform a chipping demo on the main putting green near Poppie’s Pond, where she started the Kraft Nabisco Championship tradition of the winner jumping into the water when she won the 1988 tournament.
Hundreds of young golfers from across the U.S. and several countries flocked to ClubCorp clubs last summer for a handful of tournaments presented by the American Junior Golf Association. In total, 472 boys and girls hit the courses for the Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior at Mission Hills, the Genesis Shootout at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club near San Antonio, the David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, La., and the Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron Country Club in Southlake, Texas.
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino stopped by the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh for lunch with a member in May. While there, he visited the kitchen and signed executive chef Jim Gelzheiser’s autograph corkboard.
Nearly 200 members donned festive wear to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Capital City Club in Columbia, S.C., in late spring. When they weren’t feasting on an impressive food spread, attendees posed in a photo booth and danced to tunes performed by a band featuring two charter members.