Buzz From the Clubs – Winter 2019

Members of ClubCorp clubs grab the national spotlight at golf events

BY LOUIS MARROQUIN — Winter 2019

PGA Tour golfer Xander Schauffele, a member at Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego, made good on his 2017 Rookie of the Year promise with a win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in October. He closed Sunday with birdies on his final three holes, beating Tony Finau in a sudden-death playoff. It was Schauffele’s third PGA Tour victory.


Earlier in the year, Noah Goodwin, a member of Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, and 2017 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, made it to the Round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, where he lost in sudden death.


For the second year in a row, executive chefs from five Atlanta-area ClubCorp clubs gathered for a little friendly competition at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Ga. With a “Battle of the Chefs” challenge of using potato chips to create a lip-smacking dish in one hour, the following chefs quickly got to work: Matt Albertario from the host club; Urban Mason from Atlanta National Golf Club; Rose Nieves from Eagle’s Landing Country Club; Christophe Houy from the Manor Golf & Country Club; and Dylan Temple and sous chef Ariel Dixon from White Columns Country Club. Chef Temple emerged victorious with his winning Lobster and Peach Crepe Over Potato Chip Crusted Pork Belly.


Bill Riddle, director of tennis at Temple Hills Country Club in Franklin, Tenn., and recognized by the PTR, USPTA, and USTA as a High Performance Tennis Specialist, headed to Shanghai in October to speak at the five-day Asian Tennis Coaches Symposium. He was one of just three international coaches selected to speak to the 200 Chinese tennis coaches attending.

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