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By Michael Alexander | January 12, 2009
The two Estancia High School golfers did their best to make their shots right on target on the 18th green of the Newport Beach Country Club. But when they return for the Shot From the Top contest in March, they’ll be teeing off from the roof of a nearby hotel. After qualifying at a “closest to the peg” contest Monday, the Estancia team has won a chance to play in the unusual contest, an annual part of the Toshiba Classic golf tournament. When the main event rolls around, the teams will join up with professional players in a battle for the most accurate shots, sending them flying right onto the green from the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. Estancia senior Storm Hagan, 17, had been to the qualifier last year, but this will be his first time in the main event.
By Joseph Serna | January 15, 2008
Newport Harbor High School sophomore Lauren Draganza practiced the shot for a week leading up to Monday morning. As last year’s co-Most Valuable Player on the school’s golf team, Draganza said the last thing she wanted to do was mess up. With her ball 100 yards away from the 18th green at Newport Beach Country Club on a clear, sunny Monday morning, Draganza stepped up to the tee with her pitching wedge. Her first shot sailed far right. “It was exciting.
July 8, 2000
Borders Books, Music and Cafe at 1890 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa is having a special event today to celebrate the release of the latest Harry Potter book. Free balloons in the shape of lightning bolts, Harry Potter glasses and other items will be created and handed out by Mr. Twist from 8 to 10 a.m. And for the release of the fourth book, the store will open an hour early today at 8 a.m. There will also be more Harry Potter-related giveaways, such as miniature peel-off Hogwarts pennants, Harry Potter body stickers, Qudditch World Cup patches and crossword puzzles.
March 18, 2005
Elia Powers As professional and amateur golfers practiced their swings this week at the Newport Beach Country Club driving range, they likely noticed a man driving the vehicle that scooped up their scattered golf balls and dodged their airborne projectiles. That man was Dee DeVaney, and he was doing his duties pro bono. An 18-year club member, DeVaney is one of more than 900 volunteers at the Toshiba Senior Classic, which wraps up Sunday. Since the tournament moved to its current location 10 years ago, DeVaney has been in charge of the driving range during tournament week.
By Patrice Apodaca | June 16, 2012
"It's a wise father that knows his own child. " William Shakespeare wrote that in his play, "The Merchant of Venice. " Anyone who stayed awake during high school English knows that quotes from the Bard are drenched with layer upon layer of meaning. But, as today is Father's Day, best not to go too deep. For all the dads out there, today is the time for the nation to recognize that it isn't moms alone who are meant to shoulder the burden and savor the joys of raising children.
March 4, 2000
Greg Risling Rub. Scratch. Rub. The numbers vanished and reappeared. I haven't used an eraser in years, but it sure came in handy Friday morning as I scored a round of golf at the Toshiba Senior Classic. What was once a smooth nub turned into a leveled rubber pad by day's end. An eraser is a pencil's best friend. It was a pal of mine, too. Keeping score isn't hard in golf. How hard is it to distinguish a birdie from a bogey or an eagle from even par?
November 13, 2004
Chris Yemma Newport Harbor High junior golfer Natalie Draganza was 10 years old when one of her best golf shots occurred. She was about 100 yards from the pin, in the trees, on hole No. 3 with her grandpa at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. She took a swing with her 7-iron and hoped for the best. "We walked around the green looking for it, but we couldn't find it," Draganza recalled. "And then we looked in the hole and it was there." Six years later, Draganza is the No. 1 golfer for the Newport Harbor girls golf team.
September 19, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Hundreds of volunteers armed with trash bags, rubber gloves and bottles of water scoured local beaches and shorelines Saturday morning as part of the 19th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Local environmental groups organized cleanups in the Back Bay and Crystal Cove State Park, where volunteers cleared three beaches of accumulated garbage. Sage Hill student Audrey Kim, 16, helped collect and weigh garbage at Reef Point, where volunteers collected nearly 200 pounds worth.
March 19, 2004
RICHARD DUNN As Jack Nicklaus got up from his chair on stage in the interview room at the Toshiba Senior Classic media center at Newport Beach Country Club, he acted his age. It was slow and careful. There was a grimace on his face. He reached down with his right hand to grab his hip and lower back. It was painful to watch. Then he gracefully stood up. Like a bear growling in the forest. Nicklaus, however, is fine physically. "I'm OK," he quipped.
September 18, 2003
Ann C. Shultz To visit Mammoth in the late summer is to fall in love. The days are warm and sun dappled. The nights are crisp and cool with the promise of fall. My husband and I arrived in town on an August afternoon just in time to join the fun at the Art A La Carte Festival. Once a year, local artisans, restaurants and wineries set up colorful booths in Mammoth Park. We spent the afternoon sipping wine, sampling local fare and viewing the artwork and crafts displayed along the shaded forest path and sparkling creek.
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