August 25, 2004
BRYCE ALDERTON As with any new venture, last week's retooled, team-oriented Jones Cup carried a degree of uncertainty with it to Newport Beach Country Club. Would the four golfers per country club take to the two best-ball format? Would each of the four clubs still have a chance to claim the title as teams made the turn? Would players fire for pins in difficult placements on the greens, knowing they had three teammates to back them up at any time?
March 2, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Corey Pavin was 35 when he won the U.S. Open in 1995. Up until that time he was like the Dan Marino of golf, the best to have never won a major championship. Pavin, 50, smiled when he talked about the victory during, “Breakfast with a Champion,” an annual event part of the Toshiba Classic Tuesday morning. “To get the media off my back was great,” Pavin told the sellout crowd of 500. “They can be tough.” Pavin didn’t mind the media attention at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. He welcomed questions from the guests and provided humor, as well as insight to the Ryder Cup in his interview with Hank Adler, the Toshiba Classic chairman emeritus.
March 3, 2010
Toshiba Classic Notebook NEWPORT BEACH — Paul Azinger has a great deal of duties occupying his mind this week at the 16th annual Toshiba Classic. The 50-year-old, who captained the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team to an epic triumph, is under pressure to win in his second start on the Champions Tour (golfers 50 and over). He admitted to being a bit star-struck by the big names on the tour and here. Yet, overall, there was something more pressing on his mind Wednesday. It was the day his new book went to print.
January 21, 2009
World Golf Hall of Famers Tom Watson and Nick Price along with European icon Ian Woosnam and 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton have committed to compete in the Toshiba Classic March 2-8 at Newport Beach Country Club. The featured quartet will try to dethrone defending champ Bernhard Langer, who won in his Toshiba Classic debut last year when he edged 2007 champion Jay Haas in a seven-hole playoff. Watson, a 1988 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, is slated to make his fourth Toshiba Classic appearance, and his first since 2003.
April 20, 2006
YAMAHA SENIOR-JUNIOR Eric Lohman of Newport Beach teamed up of Yorba Linda's Bill Hulbert to tie for 11th place at the Southern California PGA Yamaha Senior-Junior Championship last week at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont. The pair shot a three-under-par 69 to finish five shots behind winners Mark Taylor and Paul Wise. Lohman and Hulbert combined for five birdies and two bogeys in the round. Mesa Verde Country Club head pro Tom Sargent and partner Robert Pang (Los Angeles)
January 14, 2010
Corey Pavin, the former UCLA star known for his 1995 U.S. Open victory, will be the featured speaker for the annual Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation March 2 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Pavin, a 15-time PGA Tour winner, will be making his Champions Tour debut this year, but will also play select events on the PGA Tour this season. The 1982 NCAA Player of the Year earned the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Award (leading money winner)
March 7, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — World Hall of Fame golfer Hale Irwin withdrew from the Toshiba Classic Thursday morning because his mother died. Bruce Vaughan will replace Irwin, the Toshiba tournament’s only two-time winner. With 45 titles, Irwin is the most successful player in Champions Tour history. He won his first Toshiba Classic title in 1998, using a final round nine-under-par 62 to vault 11 players and claim a one-shot victory. In 2002, he set a then-tournament record 196 and his five-shot victory was larger than the past six winners combined.
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.
March 4, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — While Lee Trevino may be the oldest golfer at the 16th annual Toshiba Classic, the 70-year-old believes he belongs regardless of his age. “No, I earned [my spot],” Trevino said of the critics who believe he shouldn’t be here this week. “Most of the guys that’ll tell you that I’m taking their spot haven’t earned one yet. They haven’t earned their spot yet. When people say that, they’re not talking about me; hopefully they’re not because if they are, they’re pretty ignorant.