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By Bryce Alderton | July 17, 2012
Don DuBois brought a fractured hand the last time an event of the caliber of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur was held at Big Canyon Country Club. DuBois shot 75 in the opening round of the 2002 SCGA Mid-Am at Big Canyon, but his hand swelled and he withdrew. Fast forward 10 years to the 113th SCGA Amateur, which begins Friday at Big Canyon and DuBois enters the tournament feeling well physically and excited to play the event on his home course. "I've gotten in better shape the last three or four months; I'm carrying my bag on the weekends," said DuBois, one of five players from Big Canyon in the field of 84. "It's going to be fun seeing the course in stressful conditions.
NEWS
October 17, 2003
BRYCE ALDERTON Will Tipton is getting used to these dramatic finishes. The Big Canyon Country Club member who teamed with Bob Lovejoy, the club's Director of Golf, to claim the fourth Jones Cup in August by one stroke, had to endure a playoff after a 72-hole grind. But it was all worth it. Tipton survived the rigors of a gallery he said was 100 people on the final day and won his second consecutive men's club championship, outlasting friend Mike Carpenter by one stroke in a four-hole playoff where aggregate scoring was used.
NEWS
July 30, 2003
Bryce Alderton Friday's Jones Cup IV will be new on two fronts for Will Tipton. The 35-year-old Big Canyon Country Club men's champion has never played the golf course at Mesa Verde Country Club and will be teeing it up for the first time in the Jones Cup, part of the Fletcher Jones Motorcars/Daily Pilot Club Championship Series, which began with the Tea Cup Classic in 1997. Tipton will team with Bob Lovejoy, Big Canyon's Director of Golf, who has been on two consecutive winning Jones Cup teams heading into the 1:30 p.m. start Friday.
NEWS
August 10, 2003
Patrick Laverty Playing in this weekend's Costa Mesa City Championship, Will Tipton would love nothing more than to repeat the results of the recent Jones Cup. "I would love the same result," Tipton said. He'll have the opportunity for his second golf championship in two weeks after an opening-round 64 on the Mesa Linda course Saturda at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. Tipton trails leader Rick Nolan, who shot a 63 in the afternoon to take a one stroke lead at the 31st annual Costa Mesa City Championship.
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September 1, 2007
Most would say Big Canyon Country Club’s quintet won’t be at full strength at the eighth annual Jones Cup Thursday at Big Canyon. But Mike Carpenter will have the last word on that call. The Jones Cup host will be without Will Tipton, the Big Canyon men’s champion, because he will be out of town. In his place, Carpenter will play along with Bob Lovejoy, Robert Pang, Martha Redfearn and Warren Caves. They wil go up against three other country clubs, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and defending champion Mesa Verde.
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By JOHN REGER | May 1, 2008
The amateur golf season usually starts slowly in April and picks up steadily throughout the summer. The SCGA has several tournaments, including the SCGA mid-Amateur, the Amateur Net, and the SCGA Amateur. Then there is USGA Events, the U.S. Amateur, Mid-Amateur and U.S. Open qualifying. Throw in a couple of other prestigious events amateurs look to get into, like the California Amateur and the Stocker Cup, and it can make for one busy summer for a golfer, who has a full-time job. Besides, Will Tipton has the added dates of the Jones Cup and two country club member championships.
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By Steve Virgen | August 6, 2007
COSTA MESA — The 21-year-old's heart raced. The 39-year-old's emotions were high, and as he put it, "I was fired up." The two walked the fairway toward the first hole at Costa Mesa Country Club Sunday. With the Costa Mesa City Championship on the line, they did their best to ignore the atmosphere — a large gallery, whispering questions about them and short stories about their play in the final round — stemming from a sudden-death playoff. Silence. Chris Hirahatake, the 21-year-old, knocked in a 10-foot putt for birdie on No. 1 to win the playoff in the championship flight against Corona del Mar resident Will Tipton.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 7, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Where is Will Tipton? Some at the Jones Cup asked about the whereabouts of the Big Canyon Country Club men’s champion. The Big Canyon Country Club, host of the eighth annual Jones Cup, was without its big golfer. One scorekeeper said Tipton was celebrating his birthday. Someone interrupted with a “he’s just not here,” trying to make sure no one knew Tipton’s location. Mike Carpenter knew where his good friend Tipton was Thursday — playing at one of the world’s top golf courses, Pine Valley in New Jersey.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 10, 2010
Jeff Coburn felt a bit nervous entering the final round of the Costa Mesa City Championship Sunday at Costa Mesa Country Club. The UC Irvine alumnus was determined to find his comfort zone. Fortunately for him, that came a little easier than most, as he's a member of the club. In addition to getting comfortable, Coburn also wanted to represent CMCC well. He did just that. One of the club's own won the top prize. Coburn shot four-under-par 68 on the Los Lagos course to win the championship flight by four strokes to runner-up Will Tipton, a Newport Beach resident.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012
Somehow in between final exams and study sessions, Ryan Knapp found time to win a golf tournament Tuesday at Oak Creek Golf Course in Irvine. Knapp, a UC Irvine redshirt sophomore who stood out at Estancia High and Orange Coast College, won the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur qualifier with a six-under-par 65. He had been up till 4 a.m. on Tuesday studying for finals. He was in a study session shortly after winning the qualifier, and then took a final exam in the evening.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 21, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - What little breathing room there was for competitors during the first 36 holes of the 113th Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur championship, Xander Schauffele bottled enough to sustain him all the way to the top of the leaderboard. Big Canyon Country Club rendered some sweaty, exhausted faces as the sun set Friday evening, with only six of 80-plus players finishing the first two rounds under par. Schauffele, who transferred to San Diego State from Long Beach, bolted to a four-under-68 on his first 18 and followed with a one-under 71 on the afternoon round to take a three-shot lead over 2011 California Amateur champion Bhavik Patel (71-71 - 142)
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By Bryce Alderton | July 17, 2012
Don DuBois brought a fractured hand the last time an event of the caliber of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur was held at Big Canyon Country Club. DuBois shot 75 in the opening round of the 2002 SCGA Mid-Am at Big Canyon, but his hand swelled and he withdrew. Fast forward 10 years to the 113th SCGA Amateur, which begins Friday at Big Canyon and DuBois enters the tournament feeling well physically and excited to play the event on his home course. "I've gotten in better shape the last three or four months; I'm carrying my bag on the weekends," said DuBois, one of five players from Big Canyon in the field of 84. "It's going to be fun seeing the course in stressful conditions.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012
Somehow in between final exams and study sessions, Ryan Knapp found time to win a golf tournament Tuesday at Oak Creek Golf Course in Irvine. Knapp, a UC Irvine redshirt sophomore who stood out at Estancia High and Orange Coast College, won the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur qualifier with a six-under-par 65. He had been up till 4 a.m. on Tuesday studying for finals. He was in a study session shortly after winning the qualifier, and then took a final exam in the evening.
NEWS
January 11, 2012
Peter Tipton Gates of Newport Beach passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012 from a Massive Heart Attack. Pete was born in Arcadia, California to Don Gates and Mary Kenner Gates on August 3, 1945. He was the little brother to Marilyn Beshear and Don Gates. Growing up, Pete spent his summers on Balboa Island, a place that eventually became home. He later served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Pete married the love of his life, Patty Jane Gates, in 1975. They had two beautiful daughters, Laurie Kenner Gates, now 28, and Kerrie Jane Gates, now 26.  The last few years of his life were filled with a truly incredible amount of laughs and love.  He was known to some as Pete, but to many others it was Tip, Pedro, Tippy, Papa Pete, and Daddy.  A man with a lot of bark, but very little bite!
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 10, 2010
Jeff Coburn felt a bit nervous entering the final round of the Costa Mesa City Championship Sunday at Costa Mesa Country Club. The UC Irvine alumnus was determined to find his comfort zone. Fortunately for him, that came a little easier than most, as he's a member of the club. In addition to getting comfortable, Coburn also wanted to represent CMCC well. He did just that. One of the club's own won the top prize. Coburn shot four-under-par 68 on the Los Lagos course to win the championship flight by four strokes to runner-up Will Tipton, a Newport Beach resident.
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By Steve Virgen | August 4, 2008
Evan Derian said he had fun playing in his first Costa Mesa City Golf Championship last year, but he also left with some unfinished business. He was tied for third last year, one shot away from competing in a playoff to win the title. This year, he didn’t need to worry about one shot or a playoff. The Cal junior-to-be shot a six-under-par 66 on the Los Lagos course at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club Sunday to win the Championship Flight title he wanted since last year. Derian won the tournament in its 36th year by six strokes, finishing 11-under 131. “[The Costa Mesa City Championship is]
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By Matt Szabo | July 8, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Will Tipton played the waiting game to perfection Tuesday at the ninth annual Jones Cup. After one birdie in his first 16 holes, the Big Canyon Country Club men’s champion birdied No. 17 and 18, helping send his team to 11-under-par 60 in the two-best-ball format. Big Canyon was the first team in the clubhouse, then the rest of the team — captain Bob Lovejoy, fellow pro Robert Pang, ladies’ champ Martha Redfearn and senior champ Warren Caves — had to join in the waiting.
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By JOHN REGER | May 1, 2008
The amateur golf season usually starts slowly in April and picks up steadily throughout the summer. The SCGA has several tournaments, including the SCGA mid-Amateur, the Amateur Net, and the SCGA Amateur. Then there is USGA Events, the U.S. Amateur, Mid-Amateur and U.S. Open qualifying. Throw in a couple of other prestigious events amateurs look to get into, like the California Amateur and the Stocker Cup, and it can make for one busy summer for a golfer, who has a full-time job. Besides, Will Tipton has the added dates of the Jones Cup and two country club member championships.
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