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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.
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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.
NEWS
August 5, 2007
With the Breakers' tennis season now over, we turned to Jeff Purser, the team's executive director, to give us his personal scorecard on how this initial year of Hoag Hospital's involvement went. Question: Now that the season's over, what's your early assessment of how things went? Answer: We had an amazing run at Breakers Stadium. The fans, the sponsors, the team and the visiting teams came with so much energy and enthusiasm every night. I think the 2007 season has set the stage for continued success in future seasons.
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.
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.
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 James Lee | March 10, 2006
With eight years under his belt as the tournament director of the Toshiba Classic, Jeff Purser has seen the tournament grow into one of the more popular stops on the PGA Champions Tour. What he hasn't seen much of is the tournament itself. The Ohio native will be out and about throughout the week, but his focus is on making sure every experience is a positive one for the spectator. With an estimated 80,000 people set to attend, that doesn't leave much time to take in the sights.
SPORTS
January 25, 2006
Defending champion to return, along with previous winners Hale Irwin and Gary McCord.Tournament officials have announced the first group of early commitments for the 2006 Toshiba Classic. The PGA Champions Tour golf tournament, now in its 12th year, will be held March 13 to 19 at the Newport Beach Country Club. Tickets are now available for the tournament, previously known as the Toshiba Senior Classic. The field is led by defending champion Mark Johnson. A former beer truck driver, Johnson won last year's tourney in style by knocking in a 91-yard approach shot from the rough on the 18th hole.
NEWS
March 15, 2004
Bryce Alderton First he was in the field. Then he wasn't. Now he is again. With Jack Nicklaus' stunning announcement last week that he would make his Toshiba Senior Classic debut, Walter Morgan, for a brief time, was on the outside looking in on this year's tournament at Newport Beach Country Club. Fields for Champions Tour events are created using the following two criterion in order: the top 30 golfers from the previous year's Champions Tour money list -- of those who are eligible and desire to compete that week -- followed by the top 30 from the all-time money list, which includes official money won on the senior tour, PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour [after 1995]
NEWS
March 4, 2004
BRYCE ALDERTON In a global society, the Toshiba Senior Classic continues to stretch its tentacles to countries near and far to gather the talent that has come to characterize the most philanthropic stop on the Champions Tour. Thanks to the senior tour's national qualifying tournament (aka Q-school) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last fall, this year's field -- released Monday -- includes former European Ryder Cup captains, an 11-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour and a native from Zimbabwe who won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in his Champions Tour debut two weeks ago. Mark McNulty became the 11th player to win his first Champions Tour event when he shot a 13-under-par 200 to defeat Larry Nelson by one stroke in the Outback.
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