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    • Toshiba Corporation extends title sponsorship

      Longest-running Champions Tour title sponsor signs through 2017

    • The extension was announced just prior to the 20th anniversary of the Toshiba Classic. (How/Getty Images)The extension was announced just prior to the 20th anniversary of the Toshiba Classic. (How/Getty Images)

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.As the 20th anniversary of the Toshiba Classic tees off this week at Newport Beach Country Club, Toshiba Corporation announced that it is extending its title sponsorship of the Champions Tour event through 2017. The announcement was made by Mr. Atsutoshi Nishida, Chairman, Toshiba Corporation, at the event’s annual Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation at Balboa Bay Resort.

    Toshiba is the longest-running title sponsor on the Champions Tour, and the Toshiba Classic is the most charitable event on the circuit, bringing in $1 million per year to beneficiary Hoag Hospital. The 2014 event will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital for the fourth consecutive year.

    “In addition to celebrating two decades of world-class golf this year, we are proud to continue this great tradition of being supported by Toshiba Corporation to bring both great golf to the Orange County community, and a tremendous impact to Newport Beach and surrounding areas,” said Ira Garbutt, Tournament Chairman of the Toshiba Classic. “We thank Toshiba for all they have done for this event, and are thrilled to host great fields for years to come.”

    In addition to its tournament involvement, Toshiba and the tournament have donated nearly $290,000 in scholarships and 170 laptops to area high school students through the Toshiba Classic Scholarship Fund, a 15-year-old initiative that rewards deserving Orange County seniors with college scholarships. The tournament has also donated $1,475,000 to local charities over the last two decades, and Toshiba has donated more than 600 laptops to local schools in association with the tournament. In a testament to Toshiba’s commitment to demonstrate a leading role in establishing a sustaining society, other community involvement includes Toshiba’s partnership with Goodwill of Orange County to provide the “Swing for the Green” e-waste recycling event at the tournament, which has resulted in more than 265,000 pounds of e-waste collected to safely recycle in the last seven years.

    “The Toshiba Classic is a great asset to the Orange County community in so many ways, and we are happy to be aligned with such an impactful event to this community,” said Nishida. “During the past 20 years, we have raised millions for charity, supported our local schools and helped leave a greener footprint via our recycling program. We look forward to maintaining the Toshiba Classic and continuing our long standing commitment with the Champions Tour, Newport Beach and Hoag Hospital.”

    The Toshiba Classic brings an impressive field to Newport Beach each year, and 2014 is no exception, with eight of its 81 players – including Fred Couples, Tom Watson and Breakfast with a Champion keynote Colin Montgomerie – being members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. David Frost of South Africa will attempt to win his second consecutive Toshiba Classic crown when the event tees off on March 14-16.

    Tickets for the Toshiba Classic are on sale now, and run $20 if purchased in advance of tournament week or $25 at the gate. Season patron badges cost $100, which provide week-long grounds and clubhouse admission for practice rounds and the tournament. Daily tickets providing grounds and the clubhouse are $40 per day, valid Friday-Sunday. Visit www.toshibaclassic.com to purchase, or call 949-660-1001 to secure corporate packages.

    The 20th anniversary of the Toshiba Classic will award a $262,500 winner's check to the 2014 champion and is televised live on Golf Channel on Friday, March 14 from 3:30- 6:00 p.m. PT, Saturday, March 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PT, and Sunday, March 16, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PT.

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