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June 9, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Don Chew emigrated to Orange County from Thailand in 1972, he wanted to play badminton but found few playing facilities and very little interest among his new countrymen. Today, Chew begins hosting some of the best badminton players in the world during the U.S. Badminton Open Championships at his Orange County Badminton Club in Orange. The finals are Saturday. The $3-million club has hosted the annual tournament since 1996.
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December 17, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club was born eight months ago in a nondescript industrial park off the 57 Freeway in Pomona. If you're looking for fancy bells and whistles — or, for that matter, heat — this isn't your place, with 19 simple badminton courts and a small, no-frills workout room packed into a chilly warehouse about the size of a hockey rink. Yet Tony Gunawan, a former world and Olympic champion who has visited elaborate arenas all over the globe, can't think of anywhere else he'd rather be. Next summer's London Olympics mark what he promises will be the end of a long playing career, and the 36-year-old has a new muse — coaching the U.S. into a badminton power.
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SPORTS
May 13, 2001
Villa Park won the boys' singles and girls' doubles titles and finished second in the boys' doubles in the Southern Section individual badminton championships at Orange County Badminton Club.
SPORTS
July 15, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Trying to become a Guatemalan futbol star, say, the next Carlos Ruiz (the former Galaxy striker), would have been the understandable path for a certain youngster bursting with athletic talent. What, then, if the Olympic Games happened to be the ultimate destination? The way Kevin Cordon looked at it: One made a lot more sense than 11. To reach the Olympics, playing soccer, he would need help and a lot of it. Ten other players, in addition to himself, of course. There was another sport to potentially get him to the vaunted Olympic stage, having to rely solely on the man in the mirror.
SPORTS
May 28, 1999 | MELANIE NEFF
Garden Grove (17-1) got some revenge in beating Alhambra Keppel, 13-6, in the Southern Section badminton semifinals, denying Keppel (16-4) a spot in the finals for the first time this decade. The victory meant a lot to the Argonauts, who lost last year's championship to Keppel, 10-9. Garden Grove will face top-seeded Villa Park (18-0) on Tuesday in the finals at the Orange County Badminton Club.
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April 3, 1997
Vicki Mallett, an assistant coach at Fullerton College this past season, has been named women's basketball coach at Saddleback College. Mallett, a 1985 graduate of El Toro High, is a former player at Cal State Northridge. She also coached at Loara High, where her teams were 24-24 in two seasons. * Los Alamitos forward Cyndi Tredway, a second-team Times all-county selection in soccer, has signed a letter of intent to play at UC Irvine.
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September 11, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Golf Tom Watson made a successful debut on the Senior PGA Tour at Indianapolis, joining four others atop the Comfort Classic leaderboard at six-under-par 66. Six days after turning 50, Watson overcame crosswinds to grab a share of the lead with Bobby Stroble, Bob Eastwood, Jim Dent and Gary McCord. Hal Sutton birdied the last two holes for a five-under 67 and took a one-stroke lead over three players in the Canadian Open at Oakville.
SPORTS
July 11, 1998
Mike Chansawangpuvana of Orange swept his matches Friday at the U.S. Junior National Badminton Championships, advancing in three divisions at the Orange County Badminton Club. In the under-14 boys' singles, Chansawangpuvana defeated Vincent Nguy of Maryland, 15-6, 15-7, to advance to the quarterfinals. In boys' doubles, Chansawangpuvana and partner Nick Mangkalakiri defeated a team from New York, 15-2, 15-2, advancing to the third round.
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September 10, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim may dominate the vista east of the Orange (57) Freeway, but don't be fooled: There's life beyond the Pond. Exit the freeway and you'll find all manner of sports activities and food--notably badminton and golf, and Thai and German cuisine--in Anaheim and Orange. AFTERNOON 1 2 Sports Illustrated Magazine rated Islands Golf Center the nation's third best urban driving range.
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April 11, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Don Chew leaned in close, crinkled his nose and offered a Cheshire smile that threatened to envelop his face. Yes, he said, he is well aware that his grand dream -- a foreign man pioneering badminton, a foreign sport, in a foreign land -- has been preposterous from the start. But, he said, here's the thing: "It's all coming true." Chew's American tale has its roots in his native Thailand. It incorporates faces from Laos, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
SPORTS
May 13, 2001
Villa Park won the boys' singles and girls' doubles titles and finished second in the boys' doubles in the Southern Section individual badminton championships at Orange County Badminton Club.
SPORTS
September 11, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Golf Tom Watson made a successful debut on the Senior PGA Tour at Indianapolis, joining four others atop the Comfort Classic leaderboard at six-under-par 66. Six days after turning 50, Watson overcame crosswinds to grab a share of the lead with Bobby Stroble, Bob Eastwood, Jim Dent and Gary McCord. Hal Sutton birdied the last two holes for a five-under 67 and took a one-stroke lead over three players in the Canadian Open at Oakville.
SPORTS
May 28, 1999 | MELANIE NEFF
Garden Grove (17-1) got some revenge in beating Alhambra Keppel, 13-6, in the Southern Section badminton semifinals, denying Keppel (16-4) a spot in the finals for the first time this decade. The victory meant a lot to the Argonauts, who lost last year's championship to Keppel, 10-9. Garden Grove will face top-seeded Villa Park (18-0) on Tuesday in the finals at the Orange County Badminton Club.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim may dominate the vista east of the Orange (57) Freeway, but don't be fooled: There's life beyond the Pond. Exit the freeway and you'll find all manner of sports activities and food--notably badminton and golf, and Thai and German cuisine--in Anaheim and Orange. AFTERNOON 1 2 Sports Illustrated Magazine rated Islands Golf Center the nation's third best urban driving range.
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May 23, 1997 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Friday, as many as a dozen Orange police officers get together for a few hard-fought and exhausting games of . . . Badminton. Badminton? You bet. Take it from John R. Robertson, triathlete, weightlifter and the city's chief of police. "It's therapeutic, it's a tremendous workout," Robertson says. "Law enforcement people are very competitive by nature, and badminton is a very competitive sport."
SPORTS
July 15, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Trying to become a Guatemalan futbol star, say, the next Carlos Ruiz (the former Galaxy striker), would have been the understandable path for a certain youngster bursting with athletic talent. What, then, if the Olympic Games happened to be the ultimate destination? The way Kevin Cordon looked at it: One made a lot more sense than 11. To reach the Olympics, playing soccer, he would need help and a lot of it. Ten other players, in addition to himself, of course. There was another sport to potentially get him to the vaunted Olympic stage, having to rely solely on the man in the mirror.
SPORTS
July 11, 1998
Mike Chansawangpuvana of Orange swept his matches Friday at the U.S. Junior National Badminton Championships, advancing in three divisions at the Orange County Badminton Club. In the under-14 boys' singles, Chansawangpuvana defeated Vincent Nguy of Maryland, 15-6, 15-7, to advance to the quarterfinals. In boys' doubles, Chansawangpuvana and partner Nick Mangkalakiri defeated a team from New York, 15-2, 15-2, advancing to the third round.
SPORTS
June 9, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Don Chew emigrated to Orange County from Thailand in 1972, he wanted to play badminton but found few playing facilities and very little interest among his new countrymen. Today, Chew begins hosting some of the best badminton players in the world during the U.S. Badminton Open Championships at his Orange County Badminton Club in Orange. The finals are Saturday. The $3-million club has hosted the annual tournament since 1996.
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