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NEWS
March 18, 2003
June Casagrande Some might say defending champion golfer Hale Irwin is the star of the Toshiba Senior Classic. Others might point to more in-your-face personalities such as Chi Chi Rodriguez. But the real stars, as some event organizers will tell you, are the fans. That's why the annual golf tournament this year is rolling out "Fan Features," a slate of activities and special events to keep the fans happy and coming back. "While the core of the event is professional competition, there are some things that make it a little more exciting and a little different," Tournament Director Jeff Purser said.
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NEWS
March 14, 2003
Richard Dunn What was once a good ol' boy network of senior golfers has become perhaps less nostalgic and more competitive. Indeed, the stakes are higher, the fields are bigger and the icons are fewer when you consider who is not playing regularly this year (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to name three). And, for a capper, the tour itself is having a bit of an identity crisis with the word "senior." In 1980, when the PGA Tour started the Senior PGA Tour, tour officials had no problem with a tour occupied by and associated with seniors.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
Richard Dunn The challenges might be a little tougher for Hale Irwin this year, but the 57-year-old international golf star is ready to conquer the PGA Champions Tour again. And especially the Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. "[Toshiba Senior Classic Tournament Director] Jeff [Purser] has told me that the excitement is building, and, certainly from my perspective, Newport Beach and the Toshiba tournament have been very kind to me," Irwin said.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
What Toshiba Senior Classic When March 17-23, 2003 Players Eighty-one PGA Champions Tour professionals, led by defending champion Hale Irwin Format Three rounds (54 holes), stroke play with no cuts Purse $1.55 million, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The winner will receive $232,500. Site (Since 1996) Newport Beach Country Club 1600 East Pacific Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA Par: 35-36--71; 6,584 yards Tickets Advance-purchase Good-Any-One-Day exchangeable coupon, $15 Single Day Ticket, Monday through Sunday (admission gate prices)
NEWS
March 14, 2003
Richard Dunn Heading into last year's Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club, there was mention of playoffs and how close the leaders always seem to be in the end. Well, thanks to Hale Irwin, those theories are shot. Irwin, 57, has dominated Newport Beach with Toshiba titles in 1998 and last year, capturing the 2002 Toshiba Classic with a tournament scoring record 17-under 196, a victory that elevated him to the top of the money list on the PGA Champions Tour.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
Driving Distance Driving average 1. John Harris 306.2 2. Tom Purtzer 288.9 3. Jay Overton 287.7 4. Jim Ahern 286.3 5. Gil Morgan 284.6 6. Larry Nelson 278.0 7. Tom Kite 275.5 8. Mike McCullough 275.3 9. John Jacobs 275.2 10. Steven Veriato 275.0 Driving Accuracy Percentage of fairways hit 1. Hale Irwin 84.9 2. John Mahaffey 84.4 3. Hubert Green 84.2 ...
NEWS
March 14, 2003
Richard Dunn They come from all walks of life, spanning the globe with their golfing ways and arriving on the PGA Champions Tour with a lot more baggage than their golf clubs. That is to say, there's usually much more going on in their lives than golf. Oh, sure, these guys are good, and they're the best so-called senior golfers in the world. But it's what they do away from the golf course -- their playground or workbench, depending on how they're playing that day -- that adds to the interest level.
NEWS
February 14, 2003
Hale Irwin isn't the type to get attached. There are some baseball players who use the same glove their entire careers, but golfers are much different about their equipment -- as Irwin proves. Last year, Irwin changed almost every club in his bag before winning the Toshiba Senior Classic for the second time. Before teeing off in the first round, Irwin switched to forged blade irons, changed from graphite to steel shafts, added a couple of new fairway woods and a new sand wedge, then went out and shot 67-64-65 for the finest round of 54 in Toshiba history.
NEWS
January 9, 2003
With an inbox stacked pretty high following a career-first holiday vacation, the first order of business, like the beginning of every new year, is the planning of Orange County's only in-season professional golf tournament -- the Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. We love our special sections around here. As expected, one of the biggest stories heading into this year's Toshiba Classic will be defending champion Hale Irwin and his quest to make Newport Beach his personal stage again.
NEWS
December 30, 2002
Richard Dunn Editor's note: Every year the Daily Pilot celebrates the top stories of the year. This time around, Richard Dunn's viewpoints get first billing. Every year it's different, and, in keeping with tradition, we bring you the Top 10 Golf Stories for 2002, according to yours truly. Hale Irwin 1 Hale Irwin, who said earlier in Toshiba week that he hopes to remain "interested" in competing for another money title on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour)
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