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January 29, 2000
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - Tom Kite and Lanny Wadkins, 2000 Senior PGA Tour newcomers, are among the early player commitments for the Toshiba Senior Classic March 3-5 at Newport Beach Country Club. Kite, the 1992 U.S. Open champion and two-time leading money winner on the PGA Tour, and Wadkins, who won the '77 PGA Championship and 20 other PGA Tour titles, will join crowd favorites Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez in the sixth Toshiba Classic. Bob Murphy, the '97 Toshiba champion, will not play because of a television commitment with NBC. Jeff Purser, tournament director, said there's a "good possibility" Arnold Palmer, 70, will make his Toshiba debut this year.
SPORTS
By Alan Blank | February 8, 2008
Toshiba Classic golf tournament officials announced Friday that Jay Haas will be the celebrity guest speaker at this year’s Breakfast with a Champion. Haas won last year’s Toshiba Classic by two strokes, setting a tournament record of 19-under-par 194 on his way to winning the 2007 Arnold Palmer Award for being the PGA Champions Tour’s leading money winner. Five hundred guests are expected to attend, according to tournament director Jeff Purser. The breakfast will be at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa. Tickets can be purchased for $100 and they include a tournament grounds pass for the day and a ticket to the “Shot from the Top” event at noon.
SPORTS
February 9, 2008
Jay Haas will be the celebrity guest speaker at this year’s Breakfast with a Champion, Toshiba Classic golf tournament officials announced Friday. Haas won last year’s Toshiba Classic by two strokes, setting a tournament record of 19-under-par 194 on his way to winning the 2007 Arnold Palmer Award for being the PGA Champion Tour’s leading money winner. Five hundred guests are expected to attend, according to tournament director Jeff Purser. The breakfast will be at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa. Tickets can be purchased for $100 and they include a tournament grounds pass for the day and a ticket to the “Shot from the Top” event at noon.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
What: Toshiba Senior Classic Who: 78 Senior PGA Tour professionals; 54 holes of stroke play with no cuts Where: Newport Beach Country Club, 1600 East Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach Par: 35-36--71; 6,584 yards When: March 4-10, 2002 (three-round Senior Tour play is March 8-10) Purse: $1.5 million; winner receives $225,000 TV coverage: Friday, March 8 -- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (tape delayed on PAX-TV); Saturday, March 9 -- 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (live on CNBC)
NEWS
March 11, 2007
The resounding message we heard this week was this: $10 million in 10 years for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. That's the number that Toshiba Classic golf tournament officials hoped to raise, and we suspect that by today, that number will be met and maybe even surpassed. Even those who don't care for golf have got to be impressed with that. But for those who love golf, this was a week to remember. It started with a pro-am tournament on Monday, then the annual breakfast and shot from the top of the Newport Marriott on Tuesday, another pro-am on Wednesday and Thursday, and finally this weekend's senior PGA action at Newport Beach Country Club.
NEWS
February 27, 2001
Mathis Winkler Hank Adler's work is pretty much done by now. As the co-chairman of the Toshiba Senior Classic golf tournament at the Newport Beach Country Club, Adler is responsible for finding sponsors to ensure the event's financial stability, while his co-chair, Jake Rohrer, takes care of about 1,100 volunteers who work during the tournament. Building and nurturing relationships with the Classic's financial backers is a year-round task, said Adler, adding that thanking sponsors through the better part of next weekend is his main duty right now. Besides, most of Adler's responsibilities are handled by tournament director Jeff Purser, who took over as the Classic's chief employee when Hoag Hospital came aboard as the event's organizing charity in 1997.
NEWS
February 11, 2007
The decision by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to join up with World Team Tennis and the Newport Beach Breakers professional tennis team sure sounds like a grand slam from the start. Dr. Alan Beyers probably put it best as to why. "Not everyone likes golf," he said. Of course, Beyers was referring to the enormous success of the Toshiba Classic senior golf tournament that each year nets the hospital some $1 million in charity. This newest venture into tennis is the brainchild of Beyers, a Hoag-based orthopedic surgeon, and Jeff Purser, the tournament director for Toshiba, who along with World Team Tennis Commissioner Ilana Kloss decided to go into business together.
SPORTS
By Tony Dodero | March 7, 2007
For weeks leading up to the Toshiba Classic golf tournament, there were whispers that this would be the last year for one very influential member of the show. For video of The Shot From the Top click here For a gallery of photos from Toshiba click here And on Tuesday it was confirmed. Hank Adler, who has been the tournament chairman for 13 years, counting its early incarnations, announced that he is stepping down. "It just seems like time," Adler said of his departure.
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SPORTS
January 8, 2014
Tickets are now on sale for the Toshiba Classic, which turns 20 this year. The 20th Toshiba Classic tees off March 10 through 16 at Newport Beach Country Club. A new 20th Toshiba Classic logo has been unveiled to commemorate 20 years as a leading stop on the Champions Tour and its charitable commitment to the Orange County community. The popular golf tournament has produced several memorable moments. It has also been one of the favorite events on the Champions Tour, as the players and spectators enjoy the area.
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SPORTS
March 5, 2013
Past Toshiba Classic champions, and the top 30 players on the Champions Tour, amassing hundreds of wins combined, will tee it up at the 19th annual tournament, set to tee off March 11-17 at Newport Beach Country Club, the Toshiba Classic announced Tuesday. Among those committed include 2008 Toshiba Classic winner Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia, 2007 Toshiba Classic winner Jay Haas, 2010 Toshiba Classic winner Fred Couples, part-time Corona del Mar resident John Cook, Corey Pavin and Toshiba Classic defending champion Loren Roberts.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
Jeff Purser, the executive director of the Toshiba Classic, maintains a busy and hectic life during the tournament, which is March 12-18 at the Newport Beach Country Club. But Purser is used to the heavy schedule, and he and his staff have been getting ready well before the actual week ensues. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer five questions before the Toshiba Classic began. Question: What is the most unique feature from this 18th annual Toshiba Classic?
SPORTS
By Bryce Alderton | August 19, 2011
This column is a mixed bag of sorts. We'll start with the ownership change at both the Balboa Bay Club & Resort and Newport Beach Country Club. The big news that Delaware-based Seven-One Capital-Business Inc. is buying both properties from International Bay Clubs Inc., means relatively no news in the way of any noticeable changes on the golfing front. NBCC General Manager Perry Dickey said business will remain as usual at the club that hosts the annual Toshiba Classic every March, which leads to Jeff Purser, tournament director for the Champions Tour event.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
Moments after a sit-down interview with four golfing greats, one of them wanted to turn the tables. "I have a question for you," Hale Irwin said at the Newport Beach Country Club Monday night. "What would you do to improve the Toshiba Classic?" I couldn't think of anything. I just said that big names in the field always help. But then I thought, hey this doesn't hurt. I was referring to the new Toshiba Classic Hall of Fame. The inaugural class was introduced at a special ceremony Monday night at Newport Beach Country Club.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | March 2, 2010
They were just simple basketball games played in the backyard at a house in Ohio, but to Jeff Purser they meant much more. Just the fact that it was competition meant that it was important for Purser, now the Toshiba Classic tournament director. The way Purser’s friend, Jerry Velasquez, describes the 43-year-old as a teen could be the same picture painted for his role now, especially this week at Newport Beach Country Club. “He played hard,” Velasquez said.
SPORTS
By JOHN REGER | March 11, 2009
The Champions Tour has moved up the freeway to Valencia Country Club this week, and though I will be up there covering the AT&T Champions Classic, I still can’t get last week’s Toshiba Classic out of my mind. With the economy the way it is I was expecting an event that would be a shell of itself. It wouldn’t have been the fault of Toshiba or Executive Tournament Director, Jeff Purser or Hoag Hospital. Times are bad and expectations — at least in my mind — were for a half empty gallery.
FEATURES
By STEVE VIRGEN | March 10, 2008
Toward the end of the 14th Toshiba Classic, the drama continued to unfold, this time in the form of a playoff. Two pro golfers each with impressive resumes battled it out for seven holes. Bernhard Langer came away with a thrilling victory over defending champion Jay Haas, who was trying to become the tournament’s first repeat winner. Just another weekend for the Toshiba Classic. Just another reason why Hoag Hospital and the Newport Beach Country Club won’t let go of the Champions Tour event that completed its 14th year.
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By Michael Miller | March 2, 2008
How much value does the Toshiba Classic golf tournament have for Newport Beach? Jeff Purser, the tournament’s executive director, knows only one thing: Whatever the answer is, it can’t be figured on a calculator. He guessed that the weeklong event brings the city more than $20 million in revenue each year, but money, he said, only tells part of the story. “I think that’s a nice number, but I think the residual value is much greater because we’re on worldwide television,” Purser said.
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