Buzz From the Clubs — Spring 2019

D.C. club looks out for its own … California club honors veterans … juniors bring in the wins … golf course goes to the dogs (sort of)

BY LOUIS MARROQUIN — Spring 2019

PHOTO BY NORMAN CHAN/DREAMSTIME

In December and January, during the 35-day partial government shutdown, the City Club of Washington in D.C. served three free dinners for its furloughed members with government credentials. The club counts about 450 of its members as government employees. Appropriately, the dinners focused on comfort foods (spaghetti, tacos, and meat loaf). Nongovernment members and guests were invited to share the meals for $10 each.


In association with the Spring Valley Lake Veterans Club, Spring Valley Lake Country Club in Victorville, Calif., unveiled a veterans monument on the club grounds in November. The 5-foot-tall by 7-foot-wide stone memorial honors all past, present, and future veterans from all five branches of the U.S. armed forces.


Billy Mayfair. PHOTO BY STAN BADZ/PGA TOUR

As part of a live auction prize, PGA Tour Champions golfer Billy Mayfair, a member at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., played 18 holes with club manager Jim Murphy and father-and-son members Bruce and Riley Bishop in November. The prize, won by the elder Bishop at the club’s Men’s Golf Association charity event earlier in the year, included lunch with Mayfair after the round.


The six-member 18-and-under girls swim team from Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, Calif., outswam all others in its division to finish first at the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships-West in December. Team members are Jessica Davis, Alexis Depaco, Zoie Hartman, Ana Jih-Schiff, Sophia Kosturos, and Shelby Suppiger. The multidivision event, open to all USA Swimming teams west of the Mississippi, drew more than 200 teams from across the western U.S.


Members of Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula, Ga., combined two of their favorite things for their second annual “Mutts and Martinis” event in November. The club transformed its driving range into a dog park for the occasion, and members gathered with their pets for drinks and dog talk. Pups gnawed on milk bones, while their owners sipped vodka lemonade and beer.


For the third straight year, Ronin Banerjee, a 10-year-old junior member at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif., won the Monterey Challenge, a regional championship presented by U.S. Kids Golf, held in November.

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