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By JOHN REGER | November 26, 2008
Kimberly Tran and her husband, Cu Phan weren’t sure what to think when their 11-year-old son, Michael, announced about a year ago that he wanted to be a professional golfer. Tran, who is a dentist and Phan, a surgeon at Hoag Hospital, didn’t know much about golf, but the couple, who live in Newport Coast, were about to find out. “He told me he loved golf about a year ago,” Tran said. “He wanted to be a professional golfer. Ideally we would like him to become a doctor or dentist.
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By John Reger | March 8, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — The defending champion of the Toshiba Classic is in a familiar, but not surprising position after the first round Friday. Jay Haas is two strokes out of the lead and looking for his first victory of the 2008 season. He’s also looking to become Toshiba’s first back-to-back winner. This is his third event of 2008 and Haas has finished tied for third and tied for sixth in the previous two. “I’m not in a panic mode,” Haas said of not winning.
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February 26, 2008
Introduced to golf by his uncle, 1968 Masters Tournament winner Bob Goalby. Won first trophy at National Pee Wee Championship in Orlando at age 7...Brother Jerry is the golf coach at Wake Forest...Brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt played the PGA TOUR and is now a TOUR Rules Official...Son Jay, Jr. played college golf at Augusta State and is a now a professional. Second son, Bill, was an All-American at Wake Forest and was the medalist and a semifinalist at the 2002 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills CC. Bill also won the 2004 Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate male golfer and is a member of the PGA TOUR.
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February 26, 2008
After a five-year hiatus, Gary Player will return to Newport Beach Country Club to compete in his sixth Toshiba Classic, his third Champions Tour event this season. Player is the 12th World Golf Hall of Famer to be included in the field of this year’s Classic. He’ll be attempting to knock off defending champion Jay Haas for the $247,500 winner’s check. “I love Toshiba,” the South African golfer said in a release from tournament organizers. “I love the event there.
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By Steve Virgen | February 20, 2008
Jay Haas is the defending Toshiba Classic Champion and also the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, but even he didn?t like the sound of Fred Funk joining the field for the upcoming tournament. ?Damn,? Haas said in a conference call last week when he found out that Funk was coming to Newport Beach. Funk still plays on the PGA Tour and last year became one of three players to win on the PGA and Champions Tours in the same year. He?s not the only prominent player vying to take Haas?
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By STEVE VIRGEN | October 8, 2006
Tiger Woods is legit even if he did big-time the Daily Pilot. What I mean by legit is, he's the real deal. There's hardly anything fake about him. He didn't hold much back with the crowd during his driving demonstration that also including fellow pro Fred Couples at the Mesa Verde Country Club on Saturday morning. His people denied the Daily Pilot a one-on-one interview, and ideal access for photography. In the end, not a great story for media types. But Saturday morning wasn't really about notebooks and tape recorders.
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By Matt Szabo | August 16, 2006
Costa Mesa resident Mark Kendrick is a golfer, but golf isn't what pays the bills. At least, not yet. Kendrick, 35, is co-owner of Newport Beach-based South Coast Golf, which specializes in making instructional golf DVDs. He and partner John Archer, formerly of Newport Beach but now residing in Rancho Santa Margarita, founded the company in 1999. But in the next couple of weeks, they hope to begin to hit the big time. That's because Kendrick and Archer recently reached a deal with America Online to have their golf instructional videos featured on AOL. Kendrick said the section, which will launch on Tuesday, will charge $1.99 per download for instruction from some of the most recognizable names in golf, including Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Craig Stadler.
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