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Volume 6, Issue 76  | September 21, 2021


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Hoag tournament time tees up next week with Ernie Els breakfast on Tuesday, followed by plenty of great golf

Fair Game Tom NewThe other day I received the latest issue of the Heart of Hoag newsletter, the February 2020 edition. It’s an online publication written and produced by Hoag Hospital. And there on the cover was our councilman and former mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, along with his wife Terry.

The publication offers stories on some of the many successes of the cardiology institute at Hoag, hence the name Heart of Hoag.

Then, when I clicked through the edition, I saw a wonderful picture of the entire Duffield family and, more importantly, a story about how Hoag saved Duffy’s life, not once, but twice from heart attacks.

Not only is the Duffield family lucky, but Newport Beach is too.

His doctor, Richard Haskell, M.D., happens to also be mine. Dr. Haskell, arguably Hoag’s leading cardiologist, told Duffy immediately following his second heart attack five years ago, “I’m here for you now, so you can die from something else.”

That’s what the great doctors at Hoag are all about.

From a distance, I can tell you that today Duffy is doing just fine.

That being said, next week is huge for the Hoag family with the Hoag Classic golf tournament returning to Newport Beach County Club for another year.

Jeff Purser, executive director of Hoag Charity Sports, and his organizing team, along with Paul Folino, chairman Hoag Charity Sports Foundation, will set out on a week to raise in excess of $1 million for the hospital and its services. 

It’s truly remarkable.

Action for the week really begins Tuesday morning at the Breakfast with a Champion, presented by Allergan, taking place at NBCC. This year’s featured “Champion” is South African Ernie Els.

“The Big Easy” has won the U.S. Open twice (1994, 1997), the Open Championship twice (2002, 2012) and finished second twice in the Masters. He’s also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a winner 71 times around the world, including 19 on the PGA Tours, 28 on the European and 36 others.

He was ranked the world’s No. 1 player in 1997.

Then, Wednesday and Thursday is the Legends Pro-Am presented by Konica Minolta

That’s where a bunch of loyal Hoag supporters pony up thousands to play with the pros and raise gobs of money.

Then, things move to the weekend, beginning Friday, with the actual tournament where things get serious.

But, there’s more than just golf during those days. Friday has Corporate Day, presented by City National Bank

Saturday is Military Appreciation Day, presented by CoreLogic, and Sunday is Youth Day, presented by Kingston Technology.

You can check out all things on www.hoagclassic.com.

Former tournament chair Hank Adler, who will be lingering around the first tee over the weekend, has a saying that rings true every year. Hank reminds people there are three reasons for the week, “Number one is to raise money for Hoag. Number two is to raise money for Hoag. And, number three is to raise money for Hoag.”

He’s been saying it for years and it’s really true. Each year hundreds and hundreds of community volunteers converge on the tournament to help make things go.

Finally, when things are all said and done late Sunday afternoon, a Champions Tour golf professional will have a new trophy and $270,000 in their pocket, while Hoag will have made more than a million.

Thanks to all that make it possible.

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And this Sunday, March 1, get out to the 37th Annual Spirit Run in Fashion Island! Walk, run, bring your favorite canine and the family or your co-workers for a day of fitness, fun and loads of activities for all ages and ability levels including Camp Newport for the kids. Get all the information at www.nmspiritrun.org.

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