February 23, 1998 |
The selling job started a year ago, with a few not-ready-for-prime-time pros being dispatched from Riviera to the Valencia Country Club on a scouting mission on the day before the Nissan Open. The PGA Tour was going to skip Riviera in 1998, because the course will play host to the Senior U.S. Open this summer, so Skip Kendall went to Valencia. So did Bob Estes.
February 23, 1998 |
Riviera Country Club members didn't want to host two professional events this year, so they passed on the Nissan Open, formerly known as the L.A. Open. No problem. The Valencia Country Club grabbed the event, which starts Thursday. The last time the tournament was played north of the Santa Monica Mountains was in 1927, at the El Caballero Club in Tarzana.
February 20, 1998 |
If Tiger Woods and Fred Couples commit to the Nissan Open today, as expected, maybe the snickering will finally die down. Maybe. Skepticism abounded when the Valencia Country Club was chosen as a one-time substitute for the tournament. Riviera, the usual course, will be the site of the U.S. Senior Open in July but wasn't interested in hosting two tour events so close together. Defending champion Nick Faldo actually laughed.
February 17, 1998 |
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.
February 10, 1998 |
Brad Sherfy of Camarillo shot a three-under-par 69 and Roger Gunn of Agoura shot 71 on Monday at Glendora Country Club to earn berths in the PGA Tour's Nissan Open to be played Feb. 22 through March 1 at Valencia Country Club. Sherfy, the UCLA men's golf coach, and Gunn, the director of instruction at Lindero Country Club, join a field of 144 players, including defending champion Nick Faldo. Gunn needed a par on the second playoff hole to beat Ed Galvan of Glendale for the final spot.
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.
December 31, 1997 |
Professional golf has had a significant presence in the Valley-Ventura County region for quite some time, but in 1998 the sport will impact the region like no other sport ever has. The PGA Tour, at an all-time high in popularity, will visit Valencia Country Club during the last week of February for the Nissan Open. And when it does, it will not only be the biggest golf event to take place in the region but the most prominent sporting event. It's hard to point a finger at exactly who is responsible for bringing an event of such import to the region, but Valencia Country Club President Ken Kikuchi and his staff certainly deserve some of the credit.
August 16, 1997 |
Al D'Amato calls himself a late bloomer. He has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur golf championship so many times he lost count. He wondered if he should continue trying. But he gave it one last shot last month at Valencia Country Club and, after 36 holes in one day, the 57-year-old Simi Valley resident qualified. "At my age, 36 holes is a killer," D'Amato said. "This was going to be the last time, I swear to God.
May 18, 1997 |
As far as professional golf goes in the Southland, well, let's just say that Tiger Woods might have some trouble keeping up. Five annual pro events, divided among the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours, are on the local schedule this year and all seem healthy, even if a couple of them are changing their address in 1998. The 1998 Nissan Open will be played at Valencia Country Club because of a scheduling conflict at Riviera, where the U.S. Senior Open is going to be played.