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Volume 6, Issue 97  | December 3, 2021

PGA TOUR Legends tee it up today to start Hoag Classic Championship weekend

Today, Friday, March 8, the PGA TOUR Champions will be teeing it up for an exciting weekend of competition out at Newport Beach Country Club.

Legends such as Fred Couples, John Daly, Mark O’Meara, Colin Montgomerie and newcomers Darren Clarke, Chris DeMarco and Bob Estes, among others, join more than 80 players to compete in the 2019 tournament. In years past, the Hoag Classic has featured players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories, including 50 major championships. The event has also featured more than 40 PGA TOUR Championship members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of whom are still competing. 

PGA TOUR Champions Fred Couples

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Fred Couples held a media conference on the practice range on Thursday afternoon

Some of the highlights of the week to date included:

Monday, March 4: Womanology at the NBCC BallroomLed guests on a journey to better health and enhancing their well-being. The special event started with a morning brunch and meet and greet, followed by an entertaining open panel discussion with well-known female leaders and physicians from Hoag. Monday Pro-Am – Offered sponsors the first opportunity to experience the championship course before their favorite PGA TOUR Champions players go head-to-head later this week. Each amateur foursome was paired with a professional in this one-day competition.

PGA TOUR Champions Darren Clarke

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Darren Clarke was the featured speaker at “Breakfast with a Champion” on Tuesday morning

Tuesday, March 5: Breakfast with a Champion at the NBCC Ballroom featuring Darren Clarke in an informal Q&A session.

Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7: Legends Pro-Am – Featured a pro with a team of four amateurs, presented by Konica Minolta.

PGA TOUR Champions Bob and Jesper

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 (L-R) Bob Callahan, chairman of the starters (announcers) committee, with pro Jesper Parnevik on Hole 1

The Hoag Classic Championship Weekend kicks off today with Corporate Day presented by City National Bank, giving local business professionals an opportunity to get out of the office and engage with clients during the first round of competition. All City National Bank clients will receive complimentary admission when presenting a bank-related resource (such as a debit or credit card, check, etc.) at the admissions gate. After play, attendees are invited to listen to live music and enjoy appetizers presented by John Wayne Airport. 

PGA TOUR Champions Mike and Jeff

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 (L-R) Mike Petch with pro Jeff Sluman

Saturday, March 9 will honor current and former servicemen and women with Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic. All active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees and veterans – and up to three guests each – will receive complimentary admission with food and beverage to thank them for their service.

PGA TOUR Champions Jose Maria

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 (L-R) A ray of sunshine came out on Wednesday as Jose Maria Olazabal hit the practice range

For the Final Round on Sunday, March 10, students ages 18 and under will receive complimentary admission for Student Day presented by Kingston Technology. Youth can enjoy the Kids Fun Zone with a variety of games and prizes and participate in the putting contest with the opportunity to win tournament merchandise, tickets to local attractions and more. Kingston Technology and Hoag Charity Sports will also be awarding $70,000 in scholarships in support of The First Tee of Orange County to local students who have participated in the program.

PGA TOUR Champions Hal Sutton

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 Hal Sutton after his morning round on Thursday

Here are today’s tee times... so get out and enjoy some great golf this weekend.

PGA TOUR Hoag Classic Groupings 1

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PGA TOUR Hoag Classic Groupings 2

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Good Any One Day tickets for the Hoag Classic are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores. Children age 11 and under receive complimentary admission.

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