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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.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 10, 2012
Newport Beach Country Club member Dee Devaney found out the club's head golf professional Paul Hahn was let go the day that it happened, June 1. "I was shocked," said Devaney, who has been at the club since 1987, two years before Hahn started. "I liked Paul and I thought he did a good job. " Devaney works the driving range during the Toshiba Classic, the Champions Tour event Newport hosts every March. "I would always go to [Hahn] for help to make the range run as smooth as possible.
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By Matt Szabo | June 26, 2012
Tony Letendre said Monday that he hasn't heard too much about the Jones Cup, the annual golf tournament that tees off at Newport Beach Country Club at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. After a last-minute switch, Letendre is Newport Beach's team captain for the event. But it is easy to forgive him for not knowing about the particulars of the tournament. Monday was Letendre's very first day on the job, as head professional at Newport Beach. That hasn't stopped people around the course from giving him Jones Cup advice.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | June 24, 2011
The Jones Cup, with its two-best-ball format, encourages players to go for broke. But Rich Ortega is living proof that success in golf comes to those who make their own breaks. Orgeta, recently named a Professional Golf Assn. professional, will be one of five players to represent Newport Beach Country Club in the 12th annual Jones Cup. The tournament that pits two pros, the men's champion, women's champion and men's senior champion from the four Newport-Mesa area private clubs against themselves, tees off Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.
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By Steve Virgen and By Steve Virgen | March 16, 2013
Brian Lindley and Debbie Fleming have had unique experiences at the 19th Toshiba Classic. But there's something they have in common that involves Newport Beach Country Club. They are the club champions working as volunteers at the Toshiba Classic. Lindley, who has won the NBCC men's championship three times, is working as a scorer. He tracked Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate and Mark Wiebe on Saturday. He'll be a scorer for Craig Stadler, Mark McNulty and Jeff Sluman in Sunday's final round.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - As if John Cook needed more of an advantage at the Toshiba Classic this week. The 11-time PGA Tour winner, who grabbed his ninth victory on the Champions Tour in January, doesn't totally have an edge on the Newport Beach Country Club golf course. But it's safe to say Cook is in his comfort zone. He owns a home in nearby Corona del Mar and is just "five minutes," away from NBCC. Cook calls it a bonus, as he looks to add to his hot start on the Champions Tour this year.
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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2013
Newport Beach Country Club holds a special place in Esteban Toledo's heart. He's hoping the course will become even more meaningful this weekend. One thing's for sure, NBCC will be a place for therapy for Toledo. Toledo, a former honorary member at NBCC, revealed Wednesday his older brother, Mario, died of "health problems" last week. Mario had been planning to be in Newport Beach to watch his younger brother, Toledo said. Instead, Toledo will travel to Mexicali for the funeral.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The winning has been long over for Lee Trevino. The competitive fire is hardly burning, he admits. The 71-year-old hall of famer says the desire for competitive golf left when he was 63. But Trevino still displays a strong love for the game. He showed that passion, and plenty of personality, during a 45-minute interview with the media at Newport Beach Country Club Wednesday. He chose to play his only Champions Tour event at the Toshiba Classic, and it appears he's making the most of his one stop.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
Maybe it was the preponderance of grassy knolls, but the conspiracy theories were in the wind almost as prevalently as golf shots at the 12th annual Jones Cup community golf tournament Tuesday at Big Canyon Country Club. Word had it — well, whispered words from members of the gallery most often — that the speed of the putting greens at the scenic layout was roughly comparable to rolling balls along the opulent clubhouse's marble bathroom countertops. Coincidence that the Big Canyon greens were at their handball-court hardest for the quadrennial arrival of rivals from Newport Beach, Mesa Verde and Santa Ana country clubs for the Jones Cup?
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By Tim Brown | December 13, 2012
First, let me begin by stating the following comments reflect my own personal observations. They should not be attributed to anyone else who serves on the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Board of Directors or any member of the NBCC staff. In recent days, the NBCC has been criticized on a number of fronts by journalists doing their job in keeping the public informed about trusted civic institutions. As is usually the case, some of this criticism is justified and some of it is not. Despite their best efforts to investigate prior to publishing, columnists are always on the outside looking in. To clarify, the NBCC is a not-for-profit institution dependent on the annual dues of its members (primarily small local businesses)
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By Steve Virgen | March 18, 2014
The 20th Toshiba Classic will be mostly remembered for Fred Couples' second time winning the event, as he surprised many with his victory by one stroke. But the Toshiba Classic will be a great memory for much different reasons for Thomas Terry, a Newport Harbor High senior. The 17-year-old, who plays on the Sailors boys' golf team, worked as the caddy for P.H. Horgan III, who qualified for the tournament March 10. Horgan tied for third at the qualifier after he shot four-under-par 67 at Goose Creek Golf Course in Mira Loma.
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By Steve Virgen and By Steve Virgen | March 16, 2013
Brian Lindley and Debbie Fleming have had unique experiences at the 19th Toshiba Classic. But there's something they have in common that involves Newport Beach Country Club. They are the club champions working as volunteers at the Toshiba Classic. Lindley, who has won the NBCC men's championship three times, is working as a scorer. He tracked Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate and Mark Wiebe on Saturday. He'll be a scorer for Craig Stadler, Mark McNulty and Jeff Sluman in Sunday's final round.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - As if John Cook needed more of an advantage at the Toshiba Classic this week. The 11-time PGA Tour winner, who grabbed his ninth victory on the Champions Tour in January, doesn't totally have an edge on the Newport Beach Country Club golf course. But it's safe to say Cook is in his comfort zone. He owns a home in nearby Corona del Mar and is just "five minutes," away from NBCC. Cook calls it a bonus, as he looks to add to his hot start on the Champions Tour this year.
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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2013
Newport Beach Country Club holds a special place in Esteban Toledo's heart. He's hoping the course will become even more meaningful this weekend. One thing's for sure, NBCC will be a place for therapy for Toledo. Toledo, a former honorary member at NBCC, revealed Wednesday his older brother, Mario, died of "health problems" last week. Mario had been planning to be in Newport Beach to watch his younger brother, Toledo said. Instead, Toledo will travel to Mexicali for the funeral.
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By Tim Brown | December 13, 2012
First, let me begin by stating the following comments reflect my own personal observations. They should not be attributed to anyone else who serves on the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Board of Directors or any member of the NBCC staff. In recent days, the NBCC has been criticized on a number of fronts by journalists doing their job in keeping the public informed about trusted civic institutions. As is usually the case, some of this criticism is justified and some of it is not. Despite their best efforts to investigate prior to publishing, columnists are always on the outside looking in. To clarify, the NBCC is a not-for-profit institution dependent on the annual dues of its members (primarily small local businesses)
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By Bryce Alderton | July 10, 2012
Newport Beach Country Club member Dee Devaney found out the club's head golf professional Paul Hahn was let go the day that it happened, June 1. "I was shocked," said Devaney, who has been at the club since 1987, two years before Hahn started. "I liked Paul and I thought he did a good job. " Devaney works the driving range during the Toshiba Classic, the Champions Tour event Newport hosts every March. "I would always go to [Hahn] for help to make the range run as smooth as possible.
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By Matt Szabo | June 26, 2012
Tony Letendre said Monday that he hasn't heard too much about the Jones Cup, the annual golf tournament that tees off at Newport Beach Country Club at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. After a last-minute switch, Letendre is Newport Beach's team captain for the event. But it is easy to forgive him for not knowing about the particulars of the tournament. Monday was Letendre's very first day on the job, as head professional at Newport Beach. That hasn't stopped people around the course from giving him Jones Cup advice.
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By Bryce Alderton, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 16, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - To say Jake Knapp is in a groove is like saying Jack Nicklaus was and is a successful golfer. Both are understatements. The Estancia High senior has more work to do to reach "Golden Bear" status, but Knapp is proving he can score with the game's best. Knapp shot 10-under-par 61 Wednesday in U.S. Openlocal qualifying at Newport Beach Country Club, site of the annual Toshiba Classic senior pro golf tournament. His 61 was one stroke shy of the course record, shared by Nick Price (2011)
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By Steve Virgen | March 14, 2012
Brad Faxon already has one win on the Champions Tour, but you could say he's still finding his way. Faxon, an eight-time PGA Tour winner who turned 50 seven months ago, had a troublesome start to his Toshiba Classic debut Wednesday. He showed up to Newport Beach Golf Course to play in the pro-am. One problem, the Toshiba is at Newport Beach Country Club. Not a big deal. He made it to NBCC for an interview with media and then out for his afternoon of pro-am. No harm. It goes in sync to how Faxon feels on the Champions Tour.
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By Steve Virgen | March 12, 2012
There wasn't much action on Monday, the first day of the 18th annual Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. The shuttle buses driving from nearby parking lots to the club were empty as they made their rounds. But there was plenty going on Sunday. The Toshiba Classic staff had more than just prep work the day before tournament week began. The Shot from the Top made its return, although it was called "Delivery for the Top," as four pros took their best shot from atop the roof of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and onto the No. 2 green at NBCC.
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