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Family Fun: 2018 Toshiba Classic

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The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Orange County, California, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event will be held March 7-11, 2018, at Newport Beach Country Club.

Stars of the PGA TOUR Champions Come Out to Play

The Toshiba Classic brings players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories and over 50 major championships to Southern California. In its history, the Toshiba Classic has hosted 40 PGA TOUR Champions members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of whom are still actively competing.

In addition to Fred Couples, John Daly and defending champion, Jay Haas, 80 players are expected to compete in the 2018 tournament, including recognized stars of the PGA TOUR Champions such as Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin. An up-to-date list of players is available at toshibaclassic.com/player-field.

In advance of the tournament, the annual Breakfast with a Champion presented by Allergan will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at the Balboa Bay Resort. Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, will be this year’s Breakfast with a Champion Guest of Honor. Wadkins is well-known for his television career. During his time on the PGA TOUR Champions, he divided his time between competing and broadcasting with CBS. Currently, Wadkins is The Golf Channel’s lead analyst. In addition, Ira Garbutt will be recognized for serving as Tournament Chairman of the Toshiba Classic for the last ten years.

Fan Days Pay Tribute to Local Heroes and Introduce Kids to Golf

The Championship Weekend will kick off with the third annual Military Appreciation Day presented by Microsemi on Saturday, March 10, where all active and retired service members and up to three guests will receive complimentary admission plus food and beverage vouchers. Continuing with tradition, the tournament will provide funding to military causes, including the Open Hearts for Purple Hearts Foundation, 1/1 Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and a military family will be chosen to receive direct financial support. Patriotic opening and closing ceremonies will bring together local military members and dignitaries to honor all the brave men and women who served our nation. Also, a “Messages for Military” board will be on display so spectators can write personal notes of gratitude.

On Sunday, March 11, the second annual Student Day will give complimentary admission to students ages 18 and under. Family-friendly activities will include a Kids Fun Zone with games and prizes. All high school and middle school aged students in attendance will be invited to participate in a putting contest for chances to win scholarships, golf equipment, tickets to local attractions and more.

Student Day

The Second Annual Student Day will feature a Kids Fun Zone from 10am – 4pm on Sunday March 11, where complementary admission will be given to students 18 and under. The First Tee’s local chapter will highlight the Kids Fun Zone with golf themed activities for all ages. A SNAG Driving Range will teach the fundamentals of golf to even the most inexperienced golfer. Obstacle courses, life sized tic-tac-toe and a putting zone will be run by First Tee Staff and volunteers. A crafts station will give kids the opportunity to make signs cheering on their favorite players as well as other arts and crafts. Strike a pose at the photo booth and share your photos using the hash tag #kidsFOREtheclassic. With the help of the First Tee we hope to provide a fun and safe atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

Blue Shield of California Tournament Attractions

Blue Shield of California and Hoag Hospital are proud to partner together to bring fans the Blue Shield Hoag Health Village. Stop by to get your portrait taken, enjoy games and giveaways, and learn more about health-related topics as well as Hoag’s specialty centers, institutes and partners.

Also, seniors can kick back and comfortably enjoy the views on hole 9, from Blue Shield’s exclusive “Senior Section.”

Lastly, fans of all ages can take a moment to rest and recharge under shaded bleachers at the 18th green, provided by Blue Shield of California.

Tickets and VIP Packages Now Available

Good-Any-One-Day tickets for the Toshiba 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.

Limited VIP opportunities are available as well. Organizers are offering fans the opportunity to watch the action from a luxury skybox perched over the water at the signature par-three 17th hole at Newport Beach Country Club. Also, daily clubhouse badges are offered for $75 each day, Friday—Sunday. Contact the tournament office at (949) 660-1001 for details.

For more information, visit toshibaclassic.com/tickets.

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  1. This sounds like a great family weekend! Thanks for sharing the details!

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