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Morgan Run IMG Academy Junior World Championship

Over 140 boys from more than 30 different countries competed last month in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships Boys’ Division Ages 11-12 at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Anton Ouyang from San Jose, California, won the competition with a score of 13 under. Jay Lang Jr., a Member from Morgan Run playing on his home turf, won the putting competition. Kudos to the Morgan Run staff, which treated the kids like professionals in one of their most important tournaments of the year!

Photo Above: Two junior Members from Morgan Run competed in the championship. From left, Jay Lang Jr. and William Wa with Jeff Maier, Morgan Run Director of Golf.
Photo Below: The first place through sixth place winners pose with their trophies. 

Morgan Run IMG Academy Junior World Championship



Gregory Byrne, Head Golf Course Superintendent at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey, really rose to the occasion for some Members whose son, a senior in high school, needed help with a school project. As part of a capstone experience needed to graduate, Griffin Ferrara was required to choose a field of his choice, immerse himself in a study related to that field and give a presentation to students and faculty on his findings. Ferrara, an avid golfer at the club and interested in the environment, asked Gregory how he balances golf course maintenance and the environment.

Gregory carved out several days in his schedule to allow Griffin to follow him and learn about managing the golf course in an environmentally sound way. They covered creating an agronomic plan by assessing the soils, water and plant needs and an integrated pest management plan that is safe for the environment, effective and efficient and cost effective.

In the end, Ferrara was fascinated by the scope of Gregory’s job and based his presentation, which was met with great interest by the faculty and his peers, on the decision-making methods. Ferrara knocked it out of the park and went on to graduate with a new level of respect for the work Golf Course Superintendents do every day. For both Ferrara and Gregory, the experience was great – true Magic Moments throughout.

Silver Lake Member Guest Invitational

The staff at Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio, put on another successful Member Guest Invitational with a British Open theme, complete with the annual awards dinner and the proper attire of Bermuda shorts and jackets.

The Golf Staff, led by Glenn Cunningham, the Head Golf Professional, got into the theme this year – all donning the required attire and then some.

Kudos to the entire staff pulling off the awards dinner and at the same time hosting a wedding for 180 Guests. A great time was had by all. 

Photo Above: Golf staff members (from left) Gene Grabiec, Glenn Cunningham, Mike Shenise, Tyler Divitas and Justin Razzante.
Photo Below: And the award for the best dressed goes to… Members Mr. and Mrs. Greg Helmick and Guests Mr. and Mrs. Rob Piscetta.

Silver Lake Member Guest Invitational pays tribute to the British Open

The World Golf Championship – Bridgestone Invitational officially begins tomorrow at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. There still will be lots of activity at the club today though as practice rounds take place on the South Course. That isn’t all that will go on today:

Honoring Arnold Palmer

In addition, the 2017 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational will honor the late Arnold Palmer. The tournament is showing its support of the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation with Arnie’s March Ohio, a fundraising walk which will lead participants around the par-5, 16th hole, which Palmer famously dubbed “The Monster." 

Arnold Palmer bridge

Afterward, in support of his legacy, the tournament will dedicate the naming of the iconic bridge on 16 (pictured above) to Palmer in a tribute ceremony. Members of Palmer’s family will be on site, and plan to have a few memorabilia items for fans and March attendees to enjoy throughout the day including Palmer’s golf bag and the signature colorful “Arnold Palmer” umbrellas in various fan areas.

Ambassador of Golf Award 

This evening, the Ambassador of Golf Award will be presented Peter Jacobsen, known for his passion and personality throughout his 40-year PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions careers. The award is presented annually by Northern Ohio Golf Charities to a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course.

Remind your Members today that your TVs will be tuned to the tournament tomorrow and through the weekend and to stop in to the club to watch the excitement. Create pride in belonging by reminding them that Firestone Country Club is a member of the ClubCorp family.


Thursday: 1:30–6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Friday: 1:30–6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 12–1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2–6 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday: 12–1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2–6 p.m. (CBS)

August 2, 2007 – Eric Affeldt announces the first fundraising efforts for the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

“Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Those words from Japanese poet Ryunosuke Satoro are how Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO and, at that time, president, announces the launch of the first-ever fundraising drive to begin collecting donations from Employee Partners for the newly created Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.). 

Eric talks about the fund, solely dedicated to assist Employee Partners, and how it will have a positive effect on the lives of many, including, most likely, staff members at each club. He encourages Employee Partners to hold fundraising events at their clubs and talks about how much of a difference can be made if each Employee Partner donates just $2 from each paycheck. 

Eric was right – we are an ocean. Since its creation in 2007, the E.P.C.F. has assisted more than 1,500 Employee Partners and their families and has granted over $1,800,000 in assistance to Employee Partners and their families.

morgan run divot-busters

This fun and festive group of Golfers from Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California, showed up for a Divot party to fill the divots and repair ball marks on the greens left over by the recent IMG Academy Junior World Championships. The participants brought their buckets, filled them with sand and away they went to repair divots throughout the course. A great time was had by all. staff at nicklaus golf club

The Tour Digital Ally Open begins today at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas, and lasts through the weekend. 

The staff has been working all week as tournament events have taken place since Monday and included a Family Night, Pairings Party, Pro-Am and Live Concert featuring country musicians Travis Marvin, Clay Walker and the band, Little Texas.

The Kansas City Crusaders, the host organization of the 72-hole tournament, provides a positive economic impact on area businesses and offer transformational support to local charitable organizations through the promotion of professional golf in Kansas City. The club will work again with the Kansas City Crusaders on their Charity Classic event in September.

Photo: Dining staff (from left) Anthony Alioto, Food and Beverage Director, and Servers Lauren Daab and Alyssa Bower help prepare the club for the four-day tournament.

aliso viejo charity classic

Last month, Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, California, hosted their Charity Classic event and raised an amazing $179,999! More than 150 people attended the “Dancing with Our Stars” Gala and another 140 played in the Golf Tournament. The Gala evening included silent/live auctions, an elegant five-star-inspired dinner, a ballroom dance competition, live entertainment and a number performed by professional dancers. During the event, the attendees had the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items that included a seven-day trip to Nicaragua, a night out in Hollywood, a beautiful diamond necklace, and so much more. 

The Golf Tournament was a big success thanks to the energetic live auction, unique silent auction, tons of food offered to the players and best of all the, VIP goody bags. Fun was had by all participants on the course, as well as when they finished and, that evening, attended the CharityFest Concert featuring a country band, along with an array of wines to sample and foods to enjoy. 

Hats off to the Employee Partners (pictured in two photos above) and Charity Classic Committee of Aliso Viejo Country Club for going above and beyond in every detail, bringing in an extensive number of sponsors (below) at several different levels and pulling off another impressive and record-breaking Charity Classic! 

aliso viejo charity classic sponsors
ClubCorp parent Child Better Ball

It was family affair recently during the second annual ClubCorp Parent Child Better Ball Tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Firestone’s place within the history of golf, as evidenced by the trophies of past tour event winners displayed throughout the club, made it the ideal host – creating awesome experiences for the parents and their children playing together and competing side-by-side on such hallowed ground.

The three-day event kicked off with a welcome dinner and night-light putting contest where teams showcased their skills on a very challenging putting course and concluded – two rounds of golf and straightest drive and closest to the pin contests later – with an awards lunch and trophy presentation. Teams played one tournament round on both the South Course (site of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational) and the West Course. 

Congratulations to the winners!

15 and Younger division 
Brad and Charlie Steven of Firestone Country Club - Low Gross (above, left photo)
Bob and Ben Gregg of The Clubs of Prestonwood in Dallas - Low Net (above, right photo)

16 and Older Division 
Mike and Jared O’Neal of Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, Virginia - Low Gross
Alan King, playing with his godson, Jared O’Neal of Greenbrier Country Club - Low Net (all three in middle photo)

The family members had a great time competing and, though not everyone was a winner in the tournament, all the participants left with memories of a one-in-a-lifetime experience. 


July 24, 1998 – ClubCorp and Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear International Announce a Joint Venture to build three golf course products: The joint venture's first project is The Golden Bear Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas, near Kansas City, with groundbreaking anticipated to take place the following fall. The club opens in 2001.

The two additional projects are "The Bear's Best" courses, which will consist of 18 holes selected by Nicklaus from among the 160 courses designed worldwide by Nicklaus Design. Each project features a different 18-hole selection, depending upon the location, climate and terrain. 

"I personally will be involved in the selection of holes because nobody knows these courses like I do," Jack Nicklaus says at the time. "The venture with Robert Dedman and ClubCorp is a great fit between our two companies."

Bear’s Best Las Vegas opens in 2001 and Bear’s Best Atlanta opens in 2002.

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