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Tea Cup Classic's Debbie Albright (Newport Beach Country Club)

August 09, 2000

still on top of her game, even as an active mother

Richard Dunn

NEWPORT BEACH - As a busy mother, Debbie Albright finds solitude at

the practice range and putting green at Newport Beach Country Club.

And, with kids in their prime and a daughter with golf clubs in her

hands, the five-time Newport Beach women's club champion, originally from

New Zealand, is spending more time commuting to the club from the

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family's Corona del Mar home, which is scheduled to be rebuilt soon.

Albright and her husband, Jock, enjoyed a spacious view of the Pacific

Ocean from their old home in CdM, but the neighborhood wasn't kid

friendly, so they pulled up anchor and bought in another part of town.

With two children (Katie, 13, and Charlie, 12) and the family

preparing to live in a nearby rental for 10 months while their new home

gets built, Albright expects to spend less time on the practice greens

come September.

So, for now, with kids attending various summer camps and the big move

another four weeks away, Albright can unwind with leisurely thoughts of

playing in the fourth annual Tea Cup Classic -- Friday at Big Canyon

Country Club with a 2 p.m. tee time.

Albright will celebrate her 43rd birthday the day before Tea Cup

Classic IV. "I'll have to be careful how much bubbly I have the day

before ... but, then again, maybe I'll need to," quipped Albright, an

affable and vivacious blond.

Albright, who finished second in the first two Tea Cup Classics at

Newport Beach Country Club in 1997 and Santa Ana Country Club in '98, is

the only player in the 2000 Tea Cup foursome who actually knows every

competitor personally, including newcomer Colette Taormina (Big Canyon).

Denise Woodard (Mesa Verde Country Club) and two-time defending Tea

Cup champion Marianne Towersey (Santa Ana) join Albright in the

prestigious field for the fourth straight summer.

Outside of Tea Cup Classic IV, Albright won't be playing in many

events. Last year, she played in the Women's Southern California Golf

Association match-play championships and reached the semifinals, but this

year she passed on the event at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, where

Towersey is playing this week.

"I can't fit it all in," Albright said. "I'm too busy with the kids,

and everything else that's going on (the house project and an upcoming

family houseboat vacation). In a few years, I'll be able to take on all

those fun tournaments. I just feel it's important for me to be around the

kids."

These days, with her daughter playing golf, Albright can share the

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