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February 26, 1998
"This year will mark the 33rd tournament hosted by Riviera." From the Nissan Open media guide in the section "Facts and Firsts." The tournament this year is at the Valencia Country Club.
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March 14, 2009 | James Wagner
In his transplanted-Kentuckian-growing-up-in-New-York manner, Joey Sindelar is patently a nice guy. And like every self-deprecating golfer, Sindelar opted to focus on the shortcomings of his short game instead of the eight-under-par 64 that he fired Friday in the opening round of the AT&T Champions Classic at the Valencia Country Club. His score leads second-place Tom Purtzer by a stroke. But beyond the two men, there is plenty of cushion because third place was at least another two strokes behind.
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February 4, 1988 | MIKE WYMA, Wyma writes regularly for Valley View.
Robert Steinbeck sipped a beer after playing 18 holes of golf at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. Last month, he paid $18,000 for the club's most expensive membership. "I had the money and it was either golf or a Porsche, so I decided to invest it in golf," said Steinbeck, who owns a construction business. "I'm 29, so I've got a lot of golf in front of me." Officials at San Fernando Valley-area country clubs say there are a lot of people like Steinbeck.
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March 15, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Nick Price joined the Champions Tour a year ago with a standout record on the PGA Tour -- and a crisis of confidence. Despite winning 18 tournaments in his career, including the British Open and the PGA Championship twice, the South African's skills had abandoned him when he turned 50 and joined the senior circuit. But now Price is rebounding, and he fired a six-under-par 66 on a blustery day to take the first-round lead Friday in the AT&T Champions Classic at Valencia Country Club.
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March 23, 1993 | THERESA MUNOZ
Hart 385, Taft 437, Notre Dame 446--Matt Steffe fired a two-under par 70 at the difficult Valencia Country Club to lead Hart (7-1). Steffe, a 6-foot-7 senior basketball standout, is five-under in his last two rounds.
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February 21, 1998
Golf fans know a fast green reads "11" on the Stimpmeter, but do they know what that means? Or what a Stimpmeter looks like? Robert Hertzing, above, uses the simple device to measure the speed of a green at Valencia Country Club, site of the 1998 Nissan Open next week. Release the ball down the metal chute and measure how many feet it rolls. After several rolls, take an average and that's the reading.
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October 10, 1996 | PETER YOON
Organizers of the Nissan Open will end several months of speculation by announcing today that the PGA Tour event will be moved from Riviera Country Club to Valencia Country Club for 1998. Riviera, site of the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, does not want to hold two professional events in the same year. The Nissan Open will return to Riviera in 1999. "It will be a formal announcement of what has been speculated for a long time," spokesman Toby Zwikel said of today's media conference.
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January 24, 1998
Thomas Bonk's Jan. 16 article, in which he interpreted the reaction of last year's Nissan Open winner, Nick Faldo, to defending his title at this year's site, the Valencia Country Club, as joking and laughable, was insulting to many golfers. Valencia Country Club is a masterful creation by golf's greatest architect, Robert Trent Jones. The club has long been the site of U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur qualifying and regarded by many top amateurs and professionals as one of the finest layouts in Southern California, including the beautiful Riviera Country Club.
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March 14, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Bernhard Langer hopes to score back-to-back wins with a victory at this weekend's AT&T Champions Classic at Valencia Country Club after his playoff victory at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach on Sunday. But the two-time Masters champion from Germany will have to overcome a bit of history. No player on the 50-and-over Champions Tour has won the two West Coast tournaments in the same year. Langer, who turned 50 in August, and the rest of the Champions Tour field tee off today for the first of three rounds at the tough par-72 Valencia course in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles.
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February 7, 2008 | Thomas Bonk
Tiger Woods has a four-tournament winning streak, but it won't be at stake next week at Riviera Country Club because he's skipping the Northern Trust Open, sources close to Woods said. Woods doesn't have to officially decide until Friday, but some sort of announcement about his plans is expected as early as today. Woods has played the former Nissan Open nine times as a pro and twice as an amateur, but not since 2006 when he shot 69-74 and withdrew because he was ill.
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March 12, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last two groups trudging uphill into a cold wind on the arduous 17th and 18th holes of the SBC Senior Classic resembled a rag-tag colonial fife-and-drum corps as darkness closed in Sunday. There was Jose Maria Canizares, the Spaniard coming off his first career victory, blowing on hands that were numb except for a touch of arthritis.
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March 9, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many of the students are grandfathers, but school is in session today and their undivided attention is essential. Honors will go to fast learners. Only a handful among the SBC Senior Classic field of 78 have played the Valencia Country Club course in Santa Clarita, the new venue for a tournament held the last six years at Wilshire Country Club. Even fewer can recall anything about it.
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February 1, 2001
* Colin MacNeil of Canyon High, a Times All-Valley linebacker, has committed to Cornell. MacNeil, who has a 4.3 grade-point average, picked Cornell over Columbia, Pomona and Occidental. "When I went back there last weekend, I felt like I fit," said MacNeil, who will play fullback. "They're a bunch of blue-collar guys and I fell in the love with the campus."
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December 14, 2000 | TOM LaMARRE, From Staff and Wire Reports
Valencia Country Club made it official Wednesday, announcing that the SBC Senior Classic will be played at the course March 5-11. It has been widely reported that the PGA Senior Tour event probably would move to Valencia after six years under three title sponsors at Wilshire Country Club.
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February 17, 1998 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Woody Austin and Tommy Armour III have been granted sponsor's exemptions into the Nissan Open on Feb. 26-March 1 at Valencia Country Club, tournament officials announced Monday. There was speculation that Jason Gore of Valencia, coming off a stellar amateur season in 1997, might get one of the two available exemptions. Officials decided instead to pick Austin and Armour, who have experience on the PGA Tour, rather than Gore, who turned pro in September and has limited professional experience.
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February 24, 1998 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heavy rains forced the postponement of two qualifying tournaments for the Nissan Open on Monday, and at least one can not be played until Wednesday--the day before the Nissan Open begins--tournaments organizers said. Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills, the site of one qualifying tournament, is so soaked that the tournament already is postponed until Wednesday.
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July 14, 2000 | TOM LAMARRE
The PGA Tour might be coming back to Valencia. Dan Hernandez, head pro at Valencia Country Club, has been negotiating to land the SBC Senior Classic for 2001. "I'm working on it," Hernandez said. "I've been talking to them, but we don't have a contract. "I heard they were looking for another venue so I went on a little fishing trip. I got on the phone and called them, but I'm sure they would have found their way up here on their own."
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July 7, 2000 | TOM LAMARRE
When Newhall Land & Farming Co. sold Valencia Country Club in 1985, it planned to have another public golf course for the Santa Clarita Valley within a few years. Two lawsuits, one redesign and 15 years later, work has begun on a Tournament Players Course that will be part of the Westridge homes community. "We've started phase one grading," said Marlee Lauffer, vice president of corporate communications for Newhall Land & Farming.
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