July 2, 2008
I remember years ago asking a Champions Tour golfer what he thought of Newport Beach Country Club’s golf course and he patronizingly said, “It’s a nice little course, but looks kind of easy.” He proceeded to go out and shoot 78, thus rewarding Mr. Pompous with a little Karma backhand, OC-style. Though there have been professionals who have tamed Newport Beach, Hale Irwin’s final-round 62 in 1998 to defeat a stunned Hubert Green by a stroke at the Toshiba Classic, a majority of the golfers come to the course with a healthy respect for the “nice, little course.
March 12, 2004
Bryce Alderton Allen Doyle will tell you the reason he has played so well in the Toshiba Senior Classic is because of his straight drives, not how far they go. The 55-year-old Doyle, the 2000 Toshiba Senior Classic champion, was second in driving accuracy (80.9% of fairways hit) last year, highlighted by a victory at the FleetBoston Classic and a fourth-place finish in the U.S. Senior Open. He has won eight times on the Champions Tour in six years and will attempt to extend his streak of rounds in the 60s at Newport Beach Country Club -- currently at 14 -- when the first round of the 10th Toshiba Senior Classic begins Friday.
March 14, 2003
After 22 years as the Senior PGA Tour, the Tour has been rebranded the Champions Tour starting in 2003. In an effort to have the PGA Tour's three distinct Tours more closely aligned as part of one brand family and to capitalize on the PGA Tour's global strength, the former Senior Tour was renamed the Champions Tour. Hale Irwin defends the Charles Schwab Cup having earned its first prize of a $1 million tax-deferred annuity. Field size will expand from 78 to 81 with the addition of the new Career Victory Category.
April 8, 2000
Tony Altobelli As any golf hacker knows, "You drive for show, but you chip and putt for dough." The same law also holds true in high school and for Newport Harbor High sophomore Daniel Kush, it's that phase of the game which helps him cash in on the opposition. "That's definitely what I work the most on," Kush said. "I think that's my biggest strength out there." With "Tiger mania" sweeping the world and everyone trying to rip the ball 300-plus yards, Kush's biggest advantage comes when the ball is on the green.
March 13, 2007
The Toshiba Classic 2007 version is now in the books, and judging by the cash it brought in for Hoag Hospital, bookkeepers are plenty busy right now. That's because this year's tournament raked in a record $1.31 million. All week long, tournament organizers were boasting that the Toshiba Classic was going to make $10 million worth of charitable contributions to Hoag in 10 years. This year's tournament ensured that boasting was justified, as the official tally is now $10.1 million, including a $10,000 check from the PGA. That money, as Hoag CEO Richard Afable noted last week, goes to help fund some of the hospital's most prized care facilities.
March 17, 2006
As dozens of professional golfers stream into Newport Beach for this year's Toshiba Classic, hotels and businesses are preparing for the influx of athletes, media and support staff. The tournament can mean big bucks for the city's hospitality industry and premium exposure for Newport Beach and the dozens of corporate sponsors that tag their logos onto the event. "The biggest win is the exposure Newport Beach gets as a whole," said Bill Gunderson, manager of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, which is serving as the main sponsor of the event.
July 30, 2005
1. What is the unusual name of a Newport Coast resident who volunteers with Project Access, a Newport Beach-based organization that assists low-income residents of 13 sites throughout Southern California? A. Grizzly Adams B. Paris Westin C. Bugs Rabbitt D. Honeybee Hyatt 2. Environmental regulators are considering putting restrictions on what boating-related item? A. Anchors B. Boats C. Paint D. Sail material 3. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian got the OK to build 130,000 square feet of new facilities where?
October 25, 2001
Richard Dunn Jake Paine, a 3-year-old South County boy who made a hole-in-one last summer, apparently already has a PR agent, who is touting him as "the nation's youngest celebrity golfer." While those words might apply a degree of pressure to young Paine's development in the game, he's about to play 18 holes for the first time Monday in a charity tournament at Newport Beach Country Club. Since scoring an ace on the 66-yard hole No. 6 at the Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center, Paine has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," but has yet to play 18 holes on a real golf course.
March 1, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - There's quite a difference between Doug Tewell this year at the Toshiba Senior Classic and Doug Tewell last year here as a Senior PGA Tour rookie. On the bubble in 2000, Tewell was the tournament's first alternate and never got a chance to tee it up in the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. Tewell, however, played nearby Big Canyon Country Club a few times with his good friend, Roland Osgood, and other Big Canyon members.
October 12, 2012
Vanguard University senior Amanda Couch has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer. Couch had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 home conference win over Arizona Christian and added a goal in a 2-0 GSAC triumph over San Diego Christian on Oct. 3. Couch leads the No. 11-ranked Lions in assists (six) and is second in goals (six) and points (18). Vanguard is 9-2, 5-0 in conference and has posted shutouts in five straight wins.