|World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite to Entertain at the Breakfast with a Champion, presented by The Allergan Foundation|
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER TOM KITE TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCE AS GUEST SPEAKER OF TOSHIBA CLASSIC'S ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH A CHAMPION ON MARCH 8
Typically Sold-Out Event Presented by The Allergan Foundation Hosted at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort; Two Orange County High School Seniors to Receive $10,000 Scholarships During Breakfast on Behalf of the Toshiba Classic Scholarship Fund
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011 - Tom Kite, a 2004 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, will share some of his most treasured thoughts, stories and moments in his professional golf career as the guest speaker for the annual Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation on Tuesday, March 8 at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
"The Allergan Foundation is extremely proud to continue our support of the Hoag Hospital Foundation through our sponsorship of the Champions Breakfast at the Toshiba Classic. This important community event has become a source of pride within our organization, and we're pleased to be able to present an event that has become a wonderful tradition in Orange County, as well as a significant fund raiser for charity," said Jim Hindman, president of The Allergan Foundation.
The Breakfast with a Champion has previously featured guests such as Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Seats for the 7 a.m. Breakfast with a Champion, an event that is annually sold out, are $120 per person. Individual seats and entire tables can be obtained by calling the Toshiba Classic tournament office at 949-660-1001.
The $1.7 million Toshiba Classic, the only Southern California event on the Champions Tour, takes place March 7-13 at Newport Beach Country Club and awards a $255,000 winner's check. The Classic is televised on Golf Channel on Friday, March 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, March 12 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. PT, and Sunday, March 13, from 4-6:30 p.m. PT.
Kite holds 10 Champions Tour titles and 19 PGA TOUR titles. He served as U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 1997 and was a 1972 NCAA individual co-champion at the University of Texas. He famously holed a lob wedge for birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, leading to his only major championship,
The Breakfast with a Champion also serves as the stage to another proud, deeply-rooted Toshiba Classic tradition. The Toshiba Classic Scholarship Fund will use the breakfast to present two $10,000 scholarships to two of Orange County's best and brightest students. Funded by proceeds from the Toshiba Classic, the scholarship fund is a joint effort of the Classic's sponsor, Toshiba America Inc., and Hoag Hospital Foundation.
Last year, Fred Couples shot an impressive 18-under-par 195 in his Toshiba Classic debut, and his third Champions Tour start, to win the Toshiba Classic by four shots. His Toshiba Classic triumph stood out in a year where Couples won four events, set the Champions Tour's scoring average record (67.96), finished second to 2008 Toshiba Classic champion Bernhard Langer on the Champions Tour's 2010 money list and Charles Schwab Cup points standings, and was named Champions Tour Rookie of the Year.
Daily tickets for the Toshiba Classic are $20 if purchased in advance of tournament week, or $25 at the gate. Season patron badges, providing admission to the grounds and clubhouse for practice rounds and the tournament, are $100. Daily patron tickets, providing access to the grounds and the clubhouse on a single day, are $40. All tickets can be obtained at www.ToshibaClassic.com, while tickets and corporate packages are also available by calling 949-660-1001.
The Toshiba Classic's lead charity and operator is Hoag Hospital Foundation and the 2011 tournament will benefit the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag. During the last 13 years, the Toshiba Classic generated more than $13 million for charity, the most on the Champions Tour. Hoag Hospital Foundation also received the inaugural PGA Champions Tour Charity of the Year Award in 1998.
Media can now apply for 2011 Toshiba Classic credentials online at www.pgatourmedia.com. For more information on instructions regarding media credential registration, please visit the Classic's newly designed website at www.toshibaclassic.com. The refreshed ToshibaClassic.com allows for the convenience of purchasing tickets online from anywhere for the Classic, and is also the best source of information for up-to-the-minute tournament news, statistics, history, the Classic's daily schedule of events and updates in its player field, sponsorship opportunities, spectator information, and how to volunteer for the tournament.
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The Toshiba Classic
Hoag Hospital Foundation produces the annual Toshiba Classic and the 2011 tournament will benefit the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag. During the last 13 years, the Toshiba Classic has generated more than $13 million for charity, the most on the Champions Tour. Televised domestically to over 81 million households on The Golf Channel, and an additional 86 million households internationally, the Toshiba Classic provides invaluable exposure for the communities of Orange County. In addition, the tournament generates an estimated $25 million in annual economic impact, benefiting the businesses of Newport Beach and Orange County. For more information, please call 949/660-1001 or log onto ToshibaClassic.com.