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Tee Up: The First Tee of Fort Worth | 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational

05/23/2017

Photos / The First Tee of Fort Worth

One of our favorite aspects of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational has almost nothing to do with golf. Oh, sure, the kids who participate in youth clinic or Caddie Day, run the short-game area or participate as reporters are in it for the golf. But to the longtime volunteer leader and past chair of the tournament held at the Colonial Country Club, Harold Muckleroy, it’s all about the number nine — and, no, not the front or back nine. Nine happens to be the number of Core Values expressed by the PGA’s national The First Tee organization, founded in 1997: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. “They’re great virtues for anyone to live by,” says Muckleroy, founding partner of Muckleroy & Falls commercial construction company of Fort Worth. The First Tee of Fort Worth launched in 2003.

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“Caddie Day was a creation by members of Colonial Country Club in 2005,” Muckleroy says, “and was the very first program of its type on the PGA Tour.” The kids in The First Tee program earn the cherished right to caddie at Colonial by passing all their classroom work, which includes learning the nine Core Values. During practice rounds on the Monday and Wednesday before the tournament, The First Tee kids take over caddie duties at Hole 13, putting on professional caddie bibs and carrying the pros’ clubs. Many times, the bags weigh more than the kids — so they improvise by carrying just one club, often a putter or the club used on the tee box.

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As the golf pros became used to Caddie Day, they began to work more with the kids on their grip techniques, or reading putts. A tradition begun in the second year, photos are taken of each First Tee participant and their pro, which are later autographed by the pro and returned to the caddie as a keepsake. Also begun in year two, close-in private parking is arranged for the parents bringing their kids to Caddie Day; a tournament shuttle service whisks them to the closest entry gate. Other opportunities have been created for the Caddie Day kids and their parents, including maintaining the practice chipping green by rounding up golf balls and raking the sand traps and, for the adults, volunteering at the entry gate to scan electronic tickets. The kids of The First Tee have also become very active participants in the Youth Golf Clinic and the Junior Invitational, a three-hole competition between selected members of The First Tee.

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This year, on Tuesday, May 23, the organization opened a new facility at a local elementary school, which will serve more than 4,000 low-income kids. The First Tee resonates personally for Muckleroy. “I love golf because of its history, legends and the spirit in which it is played. The player calls fouls on himself. I like the integrity of it. I also want to see the game extend into the future as a way to reach young people.”

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To volunteer, donate and learn more about The First Tee of Fort Worth, visit thefirstteeftworth.org.

This content is sponsored by Mary Carolyn Gatzke , Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Fort Worth.

 

Read more “Tee Up” tributes to the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, as seen in the May 2017 issue of 360 West magazine: click here

 

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. To explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas, visit briggsfreeman.com.

Buzz, Fort Worth

Fort Worth Angels Making a Difference | Jewel Charity

10/31/2016

Mary Carolyn Gatzke, Debbie Horton, Rachel Spence. Photos / Jewel Charity

It all started with two women.

Nenetta Burton Carter and Bille Bransford Clark were on a mission to raise funds necessary to meet the needs of Fort Worth children whose families could not otherwise afford their medical care. Thanks to the Angels of Jewel Charity, every child at Cook Children’s Medical Center is given the superb healthcare they deserve.
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Beauty, Business, Extraordinary Open Houses, The Update

Open Houses: Powerful or Pointless?

09/26/2016

6436 Curzon Avenue. Open Sunday, 10-2 p.m. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In the modern, tech-driven world of real estate, holding a traditional open house is a time-tested method of marketing that works. Still, when virtual open houses are available at buyers’ fingertips, sellers find it hard to understand the true value of including an open house in their marketing strategy. Do buyers still come to open houses? Do they sell homes, or just help agents meet prospective clients?

The decision to buy a home is almost always an emotional one. So, while looking online is the first step for most buyers, an in-person viewing is often what seals the deal.

Don’t close your door to potential buyers. We’re busting these common myths with the TRUTH about open houses:

MYTH: Open house attendees are usually just curious neighbors and nothing more.

TRUTH: Neighbors can be one of your best assets and mouthpieces when marketing a home for sale. They are interested in finding a good buyer to be their future neighbor.

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3502 Cragmont Avenue. Open Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Listed by Shell Stegall.

MYTH: Open house visitors are not serious buyers. If they were ready and able to make a purchase they would be working with an agent to schedule private tours.

TRUTH: In today’s high-end real estate market, looking is a critical factor in the decision-making process. Many buyers are considering a move if – and only if – they find the perfect place. It can take years before they find a place that piques their interest enough to call their Realtor. Open houses include many of these quiet, yet serious, prospects.

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4400 Belclaire Avenue. Open Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Listed by Tessa Mosteller and Lucinda Buford. 

MYTH: At an open house potential buyers are only looking at the home itself. As long as things are clean and tidy, the interior décor makes no difference.

TRUTH: Thoughtful staging is essential for a successful open house. It allows for a lot of traffic in a two-hour time frame…but you only have to prepare once. A professional real estate agent will help you showcase your home in a way that will resonate most with buyers.

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4500 Roland Avenue #801. Open Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Listed by Meredith Houston.

MYTH: If an open house doesn’t result in a sale, it was a waste of time.

TRUTH: Open houses are fantastic opportunities to assess potential buyers’ reactions and evaluate your marketing strategies. Even those attending an open house with no intention of buying are a great source of unbiased feedback. A good agent will solicit feedback by encouraging visitors to leave comments, provide suggestions, and ask questions.

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10200 Hollow Way Road. Open Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Listed by Betsy Stern. 

Click here to explore this weekend’s open houses.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista,Uptown,Lakewood,Southlake,The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

Beauty, modern, moderns, The Update

Thoroughly Modern: Fabulous Finds in Fort Worth

08/16/2016

4167 Charron Lane in Ridglea Hills. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

An uncluttered space makes for an uncluttered mind.

The impact of one’s environment on the mind and emotional wellbeing is often underestimated, especially at home. With clean lines, open spaces and minimal detailing, contemporary-style homes can offer a lifestyle of calm and composure – surrounded by beautiful design.

See more stunning moderns at briggsfreeman.com.

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Beauty, Extraordinary Open Houses, The Update

Extraordinary North Texas Open Houses 8.7.2016 {Video}

08/05/2016

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

These homes marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will open for tour this weekend:

4406 Lively Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas | Open Sunday 1-3 p.m.| Listing Associates: Susan Baldwin and Ginger Nobles
4406 Lively Lane 75220, Preston Hollow, Susan C Baldwin, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas- pool
3940 Wentwood Drive | University Park | Open Sunday 1-3 p.m.| Listing Associates: Michelle Wood
3940 Wentwood Drive Dallas 75225, Michelle Wood, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in University Park-exterior
5717 Preston Haven Drive | Inwood Road Estates | Dallas | Open Sunday 1-3 p.m.| Listing Associates: Angela Thornhill

5717 Preston Haven Drive 75230, Inwood Road Estates, Angela Thornhill, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas-exterior

4400 Livingston Avenue | Highland Park | Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.| Listing Associates: Michelle Wood

4400 Livingston Avenue 75205, Highland Park, Michelle Wood, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-breakfast2

4432 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.| Listing Associates: Kelly Nyfeler and Carla Whitefield

4432 Bryn Mawr Drive 75225, University Park, Kelly Nyfeler, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-sitting

905 Palos Verdes Trail | Southlake| Open Sunday 1-5 p.m.| Listing Associates: Wynne Moore

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6035 Marquita Avenue | M Streets | Dallas| Open Sunday 3:30-5 p.m.| Listing Associates: Scott Carlson & Patrick Bukowitz

6035 Marquita Avenue Dallas 75206, Scott Carlson, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in East Dallas-M Streets-exterior

4109 Sarita Drive | Westcliff | Fort Worth| Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.| Listing Associates: Carol Van Hook

4109 Sarita Drive 76109, Westcliff, Carol Van Hook, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-living

5667 Miramar Drive | Frisco| Open Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m.| Listing Associates: Lisa West

5667 Miramar Drive | Frisco, TX, 75034

809 Timbercrest Court | Southlake | Open Sunday 1-3 p.m.| Listing Associates: Susan Baldwin and Wynne Moore

809 Timbercrest Court 76092, Southlake, Susan C Baldwin, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Southlake-living

3611 Westcliff Road South | Fort Worth| Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.| Listing Associates: Mary Carolyn Gatzke

3611 Westcliff Road South, 76109, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-back

Click here to see all of this weekend’s open houses.

Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood,Southlake,The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

Extraordinary Open Houses, The Update

Extraordinary North Texas Open Houses 7.10.2016 {Video}

07/08/2016

Video and Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Homes featured in this video:

2716 Purdue Avenue | University Park | Listed by Michelle Wood | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

2716 Purdue Avenue 75225, University Park, Michelle Wood, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-dining

5306 Drane Drive | Greenway Parks | Dallas | Listed by Lera Lee | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

5306 Drane Drive 75209, Greenway Parks, Lera Lee, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-exterior

604 Kessler Reserve Court | Oak Cliff | Dallas | Listed by Faisal Halum | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

604 Kessler Reserve Court 75208, Oak Cliff, Faisl Halum, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-sitting

6041 Star Trail Drive | Frisco | Listed by Debra Brown | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

6041 Star Trail Drive 75034, Debra Brown, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Frisco-exterior

7015 Currin Drive | Northaven Hills | Dallas | Listed by Pete Ryan | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

7015 Currin Drive 75230, Northaven Hills, Pete Ryan, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-sitting

8313 Midway Road | Bluffview | Dallas | Listed by Justin Farmer | Open 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday

8313 Midway Road 75209, Bluffview, Justin Farmer, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living2

5900 Prospect Avenue | East Dallas | Listed by Gia Marshello | Open 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday

5900 Prospect Avenue 75206, East Dallas, Gia Marshello, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-kitchen

2908 Cottonwood Lane | Colleyville | Listed by Nanette Luker | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

2908 Cottonwood Lane 76034, Colleyville, Nanette Luker, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Colleyville-exterior

5667 Miramar Drive | Frisco | Listed by Lisa West | Open 1-3 p.m. Sunday

5667 Miramar Drive Frisco Texas, Lisa West, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Frisco TX-entry alcove

2601 Hartwood Drive | Colonial | Fort Worth | Listed byMary Carolyn Gatzke | Open 2-4 p.m. Sunday

2601 Hartwood Drive 76109, Colonial, Mary Carolyn Gatzke, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-exterior

Get the app: DFW Open Houses. See every open house in the region – at your fingertips. Or… Click here to see a list of all open houses this weekend.

Learn more about living in great North Texas neighborhoods. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and LandThe North, The Ballpark and Southlake.

Beauty, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed 1.4.2016 {Video}

01/07/2016

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

2546 Rogers Avenue | Colonial | Fort Worth 

2546 Rogers Avenue 76109, Colonial, Mary Carolyn Gatzke, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-kitchen bar

4624 Pershing Avenue | Arlington Heights | Fort Worth 

4624 Pershing Avenue 76107, Arlington Heights, Bob Cowan, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-exterior

4632 El Campo Avenue | Arlington Heights | Fort Worth 

4632 El Campo Avenue 76107, Arlington Heights, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-sitting

511 Hidden Meadow Drive | Hidden Lakes | Keller 

511 Hidden Meadow Drive 76248, Hidden Lakes, Carol Russo, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Keller-pool

303 Steeplechase Drive | Las Colinas Country Club | Irving 

303 Steeplechase Drive 75062, Las Colinas Country Club, James Keoughan III, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Irving-living

Learn more about living in North Texas. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.