Sunday morning question: What do Robert Streb, Russell Knox, Tommy Gainey, Ben Martin, Ted Potter, William McGirt, Scott Stallings, Russell Henley, and Michael Thompson have in common?
Answer: All have won PGA Tour tournaments, and all have competed in recent Woodcreek Classics at the Members Club’s Woodcreek Course.
“I use those names to illustrate the caliber of player we will have here,” said Terry Johnson, regional tournament director for the Swing Thought Tour in previewing the 10th annual Woodcreek Classic, set to begin Wednesday.
Johnson, a PGA of America professional, has been involved with the Swing Thought Tour and its predecessors since 2011, and marvels at the quality of players striving to climb the ladder in professional golf.
“Watching golfers participate at this level and grow into PGA Tour players is special to me,” he said. “Those names I mentioned are just some who have won on the big tour. There are others whose names you hear on television on Sunday afternoon or have won on the Web.com Tour.
“There are also players such as Wesley Bryan (Chapin/USC), who lost here in a playoff one year and this year has won three times on the Web.com Tour and will be on the PGA Tour next year. Adam Hart (Columbia) lost in a playoff here last year, and he’s playing in the Wyndham Championship this week.”
He could add a couple more names to the Woodcreek-PGA Tour winner list – Keenan Bradley and Kevin Kisner.
The folks at Woodcreek like to recall Bradley earned $900 at the Tom Fazio-designed course in 2009. Two years later, he banked more than $3.3 million, won the PGA Championship and partnered with Phil Mickelson to sparkle on the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Meanwhile, Aiken native/resident Kisner won at Sea Island this season and, like Wofford College graduate and Spartanburg area resident McGirt, ranks in the top 20 in both earnings and FedEx points.
Stories such as Bradley’s “I knew you when” climb to stardom keep the membership eager for another tournament, but the biggest winner will be the tournament’s charity, the Ronald McDonald House. This year’s donation will raise the tournament’s 10-year contribution to $150,000.
“There are so many components to an event, and the biggest one is charity,” Johnson said. “What has been done here is amazing.”
Indeed, the tournament is a labor of love for members of the Members Club who must secure volunteers, help arrange housing for some players, work with sponsors and work through a myriad of details to assure the event runs smoothly. Volunteer coordinator Tudy Clark has lined up 160 volunteers _ some club members, some not. “A lot of them come back every year,” she said.
The week’s schedule includes practice rounds Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the pro-am tournament Tuesday afternoon and the main event Wednesday through Saturday. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Fans are welcome to attend free of charge.
Tuesday, August 23 Pro Am Tournament
11:00 a.m. Registration Woodcreek Pro Shop
11:00 a.m. Lunch at Woodcreek Clubhouse
12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. Pro Am Awards, Reception and Dinner
Wednesday, August 24 – Thursday, August 25
Tournament play begins at 7:30 a.m. each day
Friday, August 26 – Saturday, August 27
Tournament play begins at 8:00 a.m. each day
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Sometimes we all get so busy that we forget the loved one that is always waiting for us at the door. During this holiday time, we searched for several articles that may help with keeping your favorite furry friend content during all the rush.
Dog Treats at Christmas
Besides an “atta boy” and pat on the head from you, the next greatest reward your dog likes is a yummy treat. What’s more, giving your dog a treat makes you feel good, too. The very act of rewarding your best friend with his favorite treat not only reinforces training, but helps solidify the bond you share with your canine companion.
Fortunately, organic Christmas treats are a way you can spoil your dog without giving him an unhealthy snack. If you do not have access to a doggy bakery, you can find several healthy choices online, the healthiest being an organic or all natural treat.
For instance, Pampered Paw Gifts offers dog lovers organic and all natural products like salt free Christmas doggy cakes made with a rice cake and yogurt frosting, decorated in holiday colors, and trimmed in doggy bones.
The Christmas doggy treats look like pastries that come from a high-end human bakery and are exquisitely decorated in holiday colors in various dog-themed shapes. They not only look good enough for a person to eat for a Christmas treat, but are made with the finest human-grade ingredients. So, if your dog is willing to share with you, there is no harm in taking a nibble.
Other delectable dog treats you can expect to find online are cookies, bon bons, paw prints, paw cups, bones, reindeer, presents, mittens, santa paws, snowflakes, and wag sticks made from a peanut butter recipe and iced with yogurt. All items are free of byproducts, artificial color and flavors, and preservatives.
Listed below are other safe Christmas dog treats:
ifts for Your Pets during the Holidays
‘Tis the season for gift giving and warm holiday cheer. It is important not to forget the furry members of your family during the Holidays. To help you, we have created a list of fun gift ideas for cats and dogs!
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