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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
COSTA MESA — The wind off a helicopter hovering over the field kicked up a small dirt storm that swept over waiting students and parents. Many youngsters pulled their powder blue shirts over their mouths and noses to keep out the dust, but most eyes were still open and transfixed as 3,080 golf balls were dropped from the helicopter. "I liked it," said first-grader Lauren Tebbs, 6. "It looked like it was raining golf balls. " St. Joachim Catholic School hosted its on-campus helicopter golf ball drop fundraiser for the first time Wednesday afternoon to begin its annual golf tournament, a benefit at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 19, 2013
A black helicopter circled closer and closer to the schoolyard at St. Joachim Catholic School in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, prepping to unload its cargo of 2,305 golf balls. Minutes earlier, a group of students had cheered as Elizabeth McNulty showed them a photo of the coastline, proving the aircraft was on its way. "Over Laguna," she said, reading a text from her phone. And then the chopper was there, circling in slowly to hover about 75 feet from the ground. Kids cheered again as a passenger waved and began dumping out three orange tubs full of numbered golf balls.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 16, 2012
The weather forecast was cloudy, with a chance of golf balls - and it didn't disappoint. About 2,000 golf balls rained down on Mariners Christian School's athletic field just after noon Friday. "I thought it was pretty awesome and really cool," said third-grader Gabriella Creamer, 9. The Costa Mesa private school hosted its inaugural Helicopter Golf Ball Drop to raise money for student scholarships. Students sold more 2,000 balls at $10 each to raise about $20,000 for Mariners families in need of support, said Carolyn Johnson, advancement specialist.
NEWS
April 20, 2000
-- Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Police have arrested two men and one male juvenile on suspicion of vandalism for allegedly launching golf balls at parked vehicles, authorities said Wednesday. Michael David Ferketic and Lawson Mickie McClung, both 18, and a 16-year-old male are accused of shattering windshields and denting cars by throwing golf balls from a moving vehicle. The teens were arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Fifth and Iris avenues in Corona del Mar after a Newport Beach Police officer heard noises resembling fireworks or small-caliber gunshots coming from a 1991 Ford Mustang, according to a police report.
SPORTS
By Current PR | April 23, 2009
As a helicopter hovers over the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, 4,000 numbered golf balls will drop to the green on the 2nd fairway, in front of the clubhouse—and the five balls that land in the hole or closest to it will reap fantastic prizes for their lucky “owners.”  That’s the premise behind Olive Crest and The Lighthouse Guild’s Hole-in-One Ball Drop during the 10th Annual Tommy Bahama Pacific Coast Classic on Monday, April 27.  First prize is $5,000 cash; second prize is two roundtrip tickets on Continental Airlines; third prize is a night’s stay at a luxury hotel; and fourth and fifth prizes are $200 gift certificates to Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille.
SPORTS
By John Reger | June 3, 2009
One of the more enjoyable golf course promotions at a charity event I have ever seen is the golf ball drop. It is not a cheap promotion, which is why it is not done that much, but when the money is spent for the event, it’s a pretty cool sight to see. The recent 10th annual Tommy Bahama Pacific Coast Classic charity golf tournament employed such a promotion and it was pretty successful. Hosted by the Tommy Bahama Grille and The Lighthouse Guild and benefiting Olive Crest, an approximate 2,000 golf balls were bought.
NEWS
August 17, 2000
-- Story by Young Chang; photo by Brian Pobuda HE IS A driving range target. WORD PLAY Ramon Perez says to himself, "pathetic, pathetic." It's a new word -- one he found in the dictionary Tuesday. Standing at the rear of the driving range at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, he says it over and over again. English isn't his first language, and he thinks the word sounds goofy. He does this often. While vacuuming golf balls in a cart equipped with ball collectors, Perez will mumble words he memorized the night before.
NEWS
By: | August 25, 2005
Marines at Camp Pendleton can go from wearing green to aiming for the green during their precious spare time after Shady Canyon Golf Club members donated 30 sets of clubs and 3,000 golf balls to the service men and women earlier this month. First Service Group BSSG 1 Marines were the recipients of the equipment. Many of the Marines recently returned after serving in Iraq. Shady Canyon's General Manager Bob Leenhouts, along with the Irvine club's head professional Kirk Manley, presented the clubs and balls on behalf of the members, who made the decision to donate the equipment.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - Hale Irwin, arguably the hottest golfer on the Senior PGA Tour, is merely a product of his environment. While the Senior Tour's all-time leading money winner and career victory leader with 33 tournament titles is doing it again in 2002, Irwin said his strong start can be attributed to the latest technology in golf clubs and golf balls. "I have a new driver and a new fairway wood in my bag. In fact, everything's new except my putter," Irwin said late Wednesday afternoon, moments after arriving in town for the eighth annual Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.
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By Steve Virgen | July 24, 2013
When Alexander Yang was 4 he went to the driving range with his father and mother, and eventually he complained. Yang didn't whine because he wanted to leave. "He used to cry and say, 'it's my turn to hit the ball,'" said Nancy Wong, Yang's mother. Soon enough, Yang was striking golf balls, and with precision. Now at 10 he's become one of the top golfers in the nation for his age group. You could actually say the Newport Coast resident is the best in the world among his peers.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 19, 2013
A black helicopter circled closer and closer to the schoolyard at St. Joachim Catholic School in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, prepping to unload its cargo of 2,305 golf balls. Minutes earlier, a group of students had cheered as Elizabeth McNulty showed them a photo of the coastline, proving the aircraft was on its way. "Over Laguna," she said, reading a text from her phone. And then the chopper was there, circling in slowly to hover about 75 feet from the ground. Kids cheered again as a passenger waved and began dumping out three orange tubs full of numbered golf balls.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 16, 2012
The weather forecast was cloudy, with a chance of golf balls - and it didn't disappoint. About 2,000 golf balls rained down on Mariners Christian School's athletic field just after noon Friday. "I thought it was pretty awesome and really cool," said third-grader Gabriella Creamer, 9. The Costa Mesa private school hosted its inaugural Helicopter Golf Ball Drop to raise money for student scholarships. Students sold more 2,000 balls at $10 each to raise about $20,000 for Mariners families in need of support, said Carolyn Johnson, advancement specialist.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 9, 2012
It has been nearly five years since Corona del Mar High freshman Amy Matsuoka traded the balance beam for a bucket of golf balls. Both gymnastics and golf can be sports where an inch makes a difference. Matsuoka was not seeing the results she wanted as she practiced for hours a day at the Gym-Max Academy of Gymnastics in Costa Mesa. The gym has been in the news lately. Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics as a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, trains there.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | May 23, 2012
Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine played host to the 7th annual Serving People In Need (SPIN) Spring Golf Tournament. One of the gents playing in a winning foursome suggested that the event was a "hole in one to stamp out homelessness in Orange County. " Close to 100 men and women converged on the rolling greens on this midweek day in May to take a stand and raise much-needed funds for folks who, at this point in their lives, have no opportunity to enjoy the good fortune of a day of golf and social merriment with their peers.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
COSTA MESA — The wind off a helicopter hovering over the field kicked up a small dirt storm that swept over waiting students and parents. Many youngsters pulled their powder blue shirts over their mouths and noses to keep out the dust, but most eyes were still open and transfixed as 3,080 golf balls were dropped from the helicopter. "I liked it," said first-grader Lauren Tebbs, 6. "It looked like it was raining golf balls. " St. Joachim Catholic School hosted its on-campus helicopter golf ball drop fundraiser for the first time Wednesday afternoon to begin its annual golf tournament, a benefit at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
LOCAL
June 4, 2009
It was raining golf balls on a Newport Beach luxury car dealership earlier this week when police received a call about 2:30 p.m. Monday that someone decided to use Cliff Drive as a driving range. According to police, someone teed off about 10 golf balls from Cliff Drive down range and down hill, about 100 yards away to Sterling BMW, 3000 W. Coast Highway. Officers found six to eight golf balls in the gutters of the property and three more on the dealership’s roof. No cars were hit during the afternoon golf expedition, police said.
SPORTS
By John Reger | June 3, 2009
One of the more enjoyable golf course promotions at a charity event I have ever seen is the golf ball drop. It is not a cheap promotion, which is why it is not done that much, but when the money is spent for the event, it’s a pretty cool sight to see. The recent 10th annual Tommy Bahama Pacific Coast Classic charity golf tournament employed such a promotion and it was pretty successful. Hosted by the Tommy Bahama Grille and The Lighthouse Guild and benefiting Olive Crest, an approximate 2,000 golf balls were bought.
SPORTS
By Current PR | April 23, 2009
As a helicopter hovers over the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, 4,000 numbered golf balls will drop to the green on the 2nd fairway, in front of the clubhouse—and the five balls that land in the hole or closest to it will reap fantastic prizes for their lucky “owners.”  That’s the premise behind Olive Crest and The Lighthouse Guild’s Hole-in-One Ball Drop during the 10th Annual Tommy Bahama Pacific Coast Classic on Monday, April 27.  First prize is $5,000 cash; second prize is two roundtrip tickets on Continental Airlines; third prize is a night’s stay at a luxury hotel; and fourth and fifth prizes are $200 gift certificates to Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille.
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