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June 2, 2004
Marianne Towersey put an exclamation point on her second California senior women's amateur championship title May 19 with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Bayonet Golf Course near Monterey. The putt capped a strong three days for the 20-time Santa Ana Country Club women's club champion, who shot a 2-over-par 224 (75-74-75) to defeat defending champion Sandy Woodruff by 11 strokes. Towersey, who won the championship for the second time in three years, eagled the par-5 seventh hole at Bayonet during Monday's first round and continued her strong focus throughout the tournament.
NEWS
July 31, 2004
Five local golf amateurs competed Thursday in U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying rounds but did not advance to the U.S. Amateur championship Aug. 16-22 at Winged Foot Golf Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y. In qualifying rounds hosted by the Southern California Golf Association at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier (6,412 yards, par 70), 82 golfers played for three spots in the U.S. Amateur. Newport Beach's Don Dubois shot 76-80--156 and did not advance.
SPORTS
August 19, 2006
The cast of competitors for the seventh annual Jones Cup, an 18-hole best-ball gross match featuring the four private Newport-Mesa clubs, has been finalized. The event, held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mesa Verde Country Club, will pit five golfers from the host club against five-person teams from Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach Country Club and Santa Ana Country Club. Big Canyon, which won the event by one stroke over Newport Beach last year, will be led by Director of Golf Bob Lovejoy.
NEWS
July 30, 2001
Richard Dunn Along with Debbie Albright's victory in Tea Cup Classic V and the tightest foursome in event history comes what appears to be renewed vigor for players not only to compete in the women's event, but win it. Only six strokes was the difference between first and fourth place Friday in the fifth annual celebration of women's club champions in the Newport-Mesa community at Newport Beach Country Club. Albright, focused from the start on her home course, seemed to play with more confidence as Tea Cup Classic V stretched into the back nine, where the six-time women's club champion at Newport Beach made five straight pars (12 through 16)
NEWS
August 1, 2003
Bryce Alderton Several story lines crop up when talking about today's Jones Cup IV, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa. First, there is the duo of amateur Will Tipton and Bob Lovejoy, who will gun for Big Canyon Country Club's third consecutive tournament title. Second, is the venue. Mesa Verde hosted last week's Tea Cup Classic and will be the site for today's event, the first time one course has hosted both events in the same year since the Jones Cup began in 2000.
NEWS
July 25, 2002
They come from different walks of life with unparalleled backgrounds, but they carry the rights of passage into Jones Cup III. They're the best amateurs each club has to offer in 2002. On Friday the Newport- Mesa community will celebrate men's golf in the Jones Cup pro-am, a better ball of partners, at Big Canyon Country Club at 1 p.m. The first item on the agenda for the players and the event's various contributors is a luncheon from a gourmet grill.
NEWS
June 2, 2000
Richard Dunn As we enter golf's summer season, Marianne Towersey of Santa Ana Country Club is already sizzling. Shattering the accepted country club theory that amateurs reach their playing peak between ages 25 and 35, Towersey's game has not only steadily improved, but her scores are lower than ever as she approaches her 50th birthday in January. "I am playing better than ever before, no doubt about it ... knock on wood," said Towersey, whose recent hot streak includes winning the Women's California State Championship for private clubs at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley near Sacramento.
SPORTS
July 4, 2008
RENO, Nev. — Eight locals helped the Orange County Volleyball Club 16-year-old girls’ team capture the Volleyball Festival championship on Tuesday at the University of Nevada-Reno. Newport Harbor High’s Kirby Burnham, Melissa Fitzsimmons, Katey Thompson and Jackie Graham, as well as Corona del Mar High’s Sydney Brombal, Sara Folks, Madie Smith and Alexa Ossipoff helped the top-seeded OCVC team go undefeated in the 10 matches it played in the division that had 181 teams.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | August 24, 2006
When Nicole Ronald steps to the first tee for today's Jones Cup at the Mesa Verde Country Club, she will also step out of a lingering shadow. The majority of her 26 years as a member of the Santa Ana Country Club, Ronald has played golf in the shadow of 21-time women's club champion Marianne Towersey. Ronald defeated Towersey to win the women's club championship in 1994, after having won the club women's title in 1991. She also won the club women's crown this year. But, typically, it was Towersey who was the face of women's golf at Santa Ana Country Club, before she moved last year to Carmel.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | August 7, 2013
The road to musical literacy is long, and for some at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Monday night, it may have begun with Laura Harrison's fingers. Harrison, a music educator and classical and jazz vocalist, led a class of about 30 adults in a small, brightly lit rehearsal room. The subject of the class was reading sheet music, and the participants, who would perform alongside the Pacific Chorale in less than a week, began with a crash course in rhythm. "You hear that?"
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SPORTS
By Bryce Alderton | July 22, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - For a guy who never played Big Canyon Country Club before this week, Bhavik Patel sure made the 113th Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship look easy. The 21-year-old Bakersfield resident capped an impressive three days of golf with his fourth straight under-par round to finish the championship at nine-under (71-71-67-70 - 279), an eight-shot victory over Xander Schauffele of San Diego (68-71-74-74 - 287). Patel was solid as a house built on rock, with no bogeys in his final two rounds.
SPORTS
By Bryce Alderton | July 21, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - This week is becoming quite memorable for Stewart Hagestad. The 21-year-old Big Canyon Country Club member qualified for his fourth United States Amateur championship at the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., on Monday. Then Saturday at his home course he shot a three-under-par 69 to move into second place after 54 holes of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur championship. Hagestad, playing the SCGA Amateur for the first time, is four-under (70-73-69 - 212)
SPORTS
By Bryce Alderton | July 21, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - What little breathing room there was for competitors during the first 36 holes of the 113th Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur championship, Xander Schauffele bottled enough to sustain him all the way to the top of the leaderboard. Big Canyon Country Club rendered some sweaty, exhausted faces as the sun set Friday evening, with only six of 80-plus players finishing the first two rounds under par. Schauffele, who transferred to San Diego State from Long Beach, bolted to a four-under-68 on his first 18 and followed with a one-under 71 on the afternoon round to take a three-shot lead over 2011 California Amateur champion Bhavik Patel (71-71 - 142)
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
Stewart Hagestad said he landed in Milwaukee on time. His golf bag did not on Friday. The 20-year-old golfer from Newport Beach will need his clubs by Monday. With his Titleist equipment or someone else's, Hagestad plans to compete in the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills. The trip is Hagestad's third to a U.S. Amateur in the last four years. Every year, something seems to go wrong with Hagestad's flight. Phoenix seems to be the problem. "The bag was left in Phoenix this time," Hagestad said before calling it just another pre-U.S.
SPORTS
August 2, 2011
Jake Knapp, an Estancia High senior-to-be, nearly grabbed the second alternate spot at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Mission Viejo Country Club Monday. Knapp tied with San Clemente's Tyler Stubbs, who works at Mission Viejo CC, Knapp said, after both shot even-par 144 in the two rounds. Knapp lost to Stubbs on the second playoff hole, No. 18, when Stubbs birdied it. Knapp shot two-over-par 74 in the first round Monday, and then followed with a one-under round, as he went bogey free and birdied No. 7. Steven Kearney of Carlsbad grabbed the top qualifying spot after shooting five-under 139. Trevor Simsby of Carlsbad and Christopher Tuulik of San Diego both qualified at 141. Andrew Lister of Coronado was the first alternate after he shot 143. The 111th U.S. Amateur is Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills and Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wisconsin.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 25, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Stewart Hagestad was certain of one thing after he played 36 holes of golf on Monday. "I'm going to sleep really well," Hagestad said with a smile. Hagestad deserved a good night's rest. He started the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Big Canyon Country Club with a bang and he closed it out with a round of applause. The 6-foot-5 golfer from Newport Beach nailed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Hagestad was on his way to Big Canyon's second qualifying spot and his third trip to the U.S. Amateur Championship.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
It's been a big week at the Knapp house. Jake Knapp won the Toyota Tour Cup junior tournament on Tuesday at Santa Ana Country Club. Then older brother Ryan Knapp was a top qualifier for the Long Beach Open Wednesday. Ryan hopes to continue the success when he plays in the U.S. Open Amateur Sectional qualifier Monday at Big Canyon Country Club. The qualifier features several local golfers in the 36-hole event on the par-72 course. Jake, who will be a senior at Estancia, won't be playing in this one. He's competing in the qualifier at Mission Viejo Country Club Aug. 1. But Jake and Ryan will keep in touch.
SPORTS
August 17, 2010
Ryan Indovina doesn't care for yesterday. He yearns for what could be. It doesn't seem to bother him that he's a 28-year-old incoming senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He doesn't want to stop short of his goals. He doesn't want to stop playing golf. The former Orange Coast College golfer could maybe stop and think what could've been. He had earned a roster spot to play on the basketball team at Illinois for Coach Bill Self. But he doesn't want to think about what-ifs, only what could be. "I'm a little old to play Division II golf, but I love it," said Indovina, who received honorable mention in NCAA Division II PING All-American voting last season.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 26, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Stewart Hagestad stared at the leaderboard at Big Canyon Country Club and his name was on top. For a moment on Monday, everyone at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier looked up at the 6-foot-5 golfer from Newport Beach. The majority of the field was not in yet. Hagestad said he felt the lead slipping away before he learned of other scores. An hour later, Ray Biggerstaff of Newport Beach walked in with the same score as Hagestad. "It is a playoff," predicted Hagestad, who began playing the waiting game.
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