August 6, 2005
When Jim George steps foot today on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club, he will be sharing a common theme among such professional golfers as Mark O'Meara and Scott Simpson. But George, a Lake Forest resident, has two accolades the other golfers don't possess: He is the first person to win the Costa Mesa city championships -- back in 1973 -- and he has played in the tournament every year since. George will be going through the routine once again when the first round of competition kicks off today, with tee times as early as 6 a.m. The 53-year-old seasoned veteran tees off at 9 a.m. Having played every year, George has garnered some attention.
February 23, 2010
Lee Trevino, a World Golf Hall of Famer and one of the most revered personalities in the game, has committed to play in his third consecutive Toshiba Classic, March 1-7 at Newport Beach Country Club. At age 70, Trevino is the oldest player in the Toshiba Classic field. Trevino has won 29 times on the PGA and Champions Tours. He owns six PGA Tour majors with the 1968 and 1971 U.S. Opens, 1971 and 1972 British Opens and 1974 and 1984 PGA Tour Championships. He holds four Champions Tour majors: the 1990 U.S. Senior Open, 1992 and 1994 PGA Seniors’ Championships and the 1992 Tradition.
June 2, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Corona del Mar High senior Phil Bannan made a perfect set, and Newport Harbor senior Weston Dunlap slammed it into an open area. Yep, the cross-town rivals were on the same team Friday night at Newport Harbor High. No rubbing of eyes needed. Bannan and Dunlap, along with CdM senior Blaine Nielsen, were playing for the South team in the 30th annual Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County High School Volleyball All-Star Matches. And, although the North came out on top, 25-22, 25-21, 13-15, it was more about the camaraderie and the acknowledgment of all the great players in attendance.
August 9, 2003
Bryce Alderton More than 320 golfers will tee off in the 31st annual Costa Mesa City Championship, which begins today and runs through Sunday at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. Players spread out in five flights, which includes a senior division, and will tee off today and Sunday mornings beginning as early as 5:50 on either the shorter Mesa Linda course (5,551 yards) or the Los Lagos course (6,542 yards). Golfers who begin today on Mesa Linda will play Los Lagos Sunday and vice versa.
July 31, 2012
It would seem easy, or refreshing, to write a story about Mike Carpenter and provide the impression that he stumbled upon the game of golf. But that would be unfair to his persona and to the reason he continues to play. To put it simply, Carpenter is a competitor. From tee to green, he displays a strong competitive spirit that was seen on the basketball court while growing up in Laguna Beach. Carpenter played basketball at Santa Margarita High. Hoops was his world back then, but he still had time for fun with golf too. He said his parents were members at Big Canyon Country Club, and Carpenter also played there.
March 12, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Just because you're Greg Hopkins and you're the CEO of Cleveland Golf does not mean the equipment that you use will help you out on a golf course. The Newport Beach resident is dead last after the first day of the Toshiba Classic on Friday. He called his 11-over-par 82 his worst round on the Champions Tour event at Newport Beach Country Club. "Long day," Hopkins said after walking off the last hole. "Terrible putting day. " Being familiar with the course at Newport Beach Country Club did not benefit Hopkins.
March 17, 2006
The Shot from the Top contest is over. The Pro-Am is finished. Now it's time for the real thing, the 12th annual Toshiba Classic, which starts today at the par-71, 6,584-yard Newport Beach Country Club and continues through the final round on Sunday. So who's going to win this year's Toshiba Classic? It's anyone's guess. After all, who would have predicted that Mark Johnson, a guy who never played on the PGA Tour, would have earned his first professional win in last year's Toshiba Classic?
August 1, 2008
Athletics has always come fairly easily to Eric Vallely, a high school volleyball and basketball standout at Newport Harbor who went on to play volleyball at UCLA, where his father, John, played on NCAA championship teams under legendary basketball coach John Wooden in 1969 and 1970. But despite the younger Vallely’s exposure to golf at an early age — his grandfather was an original member of the Newport Beach Country Club, then known as the Irvine Country Club — Vallely always figured pitches and putts were the athletic equivalent to the pocket protector.
August 6, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - The cliche "coming into his own" originated from the sporting world, which was trying to describe people like Mike Carpenter. Carpenter didn't get serious about golf until two years ago, but seems prepared now, at age 28, to rock portions of its world. As if making his grand entrance into the game, Carpenter won the 29th annual Costa Mesa City Championships, holding off UC Irvine product Jeff Coburn of Soule Park (Ojai) to win by two strokes, shooting a final-round 1-under-par 71 Sunday on the Los Lagos course at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club.
August 5, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - With the leaderboard stacked in the 29th annual Costa Mesa City Championship with low-scoring amateurs, the conditions at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club were nothing less than professional Saturday. One of the reasons for the record number of players in the field -- 320 registered -- is because of the reputation of Costa Mesa superintendent Jim Fetterly, who has reached a pinnacle this weekend in the two-day championship with players in near disbelief about the Los Lagos and Mesa Linda golf courses, owned by the city and operated by Mesa Verde Partners.