September 2, 1999
- Quiet but steady Alan Drobka of Big Canyon Country Club will try to become the club's all-time leader in men's club championships when Big Canyon hosts its annual event Sept. 10-12. Drobka, who has six Big Canyon titles and is tied with Danny Bibb for the club lead, will also attempt to capture his seventh championship in the 1990s. Bibb, who once held the Big Canyon course record before a guy named Tiger Woods shattered the mark in 1996 in the Pacific 10 Conference championship, is the Newport-Mesa community's all-time champion with 11 men's club titles (including five at Newport Beach Country Club, where he was a member in the 1970s and early 80s)
May 31, 2002
Richard Dunn The final amateur spot in the Jones Cup is up for grabs beginning today in the men's club championship at Newport Beach Country Club. With defending champion Vinnie Brascia out of the picture, the race for the club title appears to be wide open. The three-round club championship concludes Sunday and the winner will also receive an invitation from head professional Paul Hahn to team with him in Jones Cup III on July 26 at Big Canyon Country Club.
August 6, 2011
Next time they won't overlook the skinny kid. Ryan O'Connor, who spreads out 145 pounds on his 6-foot frame, might not pose an intimidating presence at first glance, but put a golf club in his hands and everything changes. O'Connor, who will enter his junior year at Woodbridge High next month, schooled the field when he became the youngest golfer — at age 16 — to win the Tustin Ranch Golf Club's 2011 Club Championship in late-July. O'Connor shot a two-round total of 156, rallying from a two-stroke deficit with a 76 in the final round to win by three strokes.
April 28, 2002
Richard Dunn SANTA ANA HEIGHTS - Marianne Towersey of Santa Ana Country Club captured her record 18th women's club championship Friday and earned an automatic entry into the sixth annual Tea Cup Classic this summer (TBA) on her home course. Towersey, who has won 18 of the last 21 women's club championships at Santa Ana Country Club, became the all-time leader in the Newport-Mesa community for club titles (men or women), breaking a tie at 17 with Dee Dee White of Newport Beach Country Club.
May 24, 2012
Travis Russell was on familiar territory, at least this side of the Pacific Ocean, as he followed Estancia High's Jake Knapp during the U.S. Open local qualifying round at Newport Beach Country Club last week. Russell, who twice earned all-league recognition at Newport Harbor, spent his freshman and sophomore college years at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. But he is in the middle of getting paperwork finalized for his transfer to UC Irvine. Russell said he won't lose a year of eligibility, making him able to join Coach Paul Smolinski and the Anteaters as soon as possible.
May 10, 2002
Richard Dunn Gregg Hemphill of Santa Ana Country Club captured his second straight men's club championship, defeating Chris Veitch in the match-play finals, 3 and 2, last Saturday. Hemphill, who played in the Jones Cup last year with Santa Ana Country Club Director of Golf Mike Reehl, gained entry into Jones Cup III at Big Canyon Country Club July 26 with his club championship. Hemphill beat Duane Hastings in the semifinals at the 18th hole, 2 up, while Veitch, a four-time champion, advanced to the finals after defeating Rick Herrera, 5 and 4. Of the four clubs in the Daily Pilot circulation that vie for spots in the Jones Cup, three have been determined by club champions: Danny Lane (Big Canyon)
May 19, 2002
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - Debbie Albright of Newport Beach Country Club captured her seventh consecutive women's club championship Friday, while breaking club championship records for margin of victory (36 strokes) and scoring (72-75-74-76--297). "The party was over after 27 holes," Newport Beach head professional Paul Hahn said. "It might be the first time anybody's shot four rounds in the 70s. It's the first time she's done it. That was kind of her big goal, to shoot four rounds in the 70s, and I think she handled it pretty well."
September 22, 2004
Bryce Alderton Mike Carpenter shot a 3-over-par 291 in four rounds to win his first Big Canyon Country Club men's club championship Sept. 12. Carpenter edged two-time defending club champion Will Tipton by four strokes while Don DuBois came in third on the par-72 layout. Carpenter and DuBois entered the final round tied at 218. The win is Carpenter's first in Big Canyon's men's club championship stroke-play format. Big Canyon also has a match-play men's club championship.
June 23, 2004
Bryce Alderton The calendar said Father's Day was Sunday, but for Newport Beach resident and former Corona del Mar High golf star Jeff Wright, the annual observance came a week earlier, on a golf course he knows well. Wright, 39, who lost his 86-year-old father Jack in October after a bout with throat cancer, battled through an emotional roller coaster to claim his first men's club championship at Newport Beach Country Club June 13 on a course where he won the junior title seven times since taking up the sport at age 13. With rounds of 71-78-71-70 for a 6-over-par 290 for the four-day championship, Wright defeated Brad Casdorph by seven strokes.
July 12, 2001
Richard Dunn Once you win a club championship, that's it. You collect your trophy, buy a few rounds and go home. See ya next year. But, since the Tea Cup Classic was launched in 1997, club champions in the Daily Pilot circulation have earned a ticket into the locally famous event for women. "Once you win a club championship," said first-time Big Canyon Country Club champion Olivia Slutzky, "there's really no drama after winning it. So, now, it's great to look forward to this.