AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A longer Los Serranos North took on an up-to-date look with a batch of new bunkers, the three near the green on No. 16 arriving straight out of St. Andrews, Scotland. San Dimas Canyon also was lengthened and improved from tee to green and never looked better. Empire Lakes in Rancho Cucamonga, already a valley beacon, drew raves for its new look and picturesque beauty. Nationwide Tour players and spectators in the Mark Christopher Classic rated the course as one of the best on the tour. There were more good, long-hitting amateurs than ever before. A record total of 100-plus championship caliber gunners showed up at both the Inland Valley Amateur Championship in September and the City of Chino shootout in early October. The best of the bunch was a slim 30-year-old out of La Verne. Kenny Murray, who earns our vote as player of the year in the Inland Valley, was whippet-fast, averaged more than 300 yards with his driver, won the 21st annual Inland Valley Championship by three strokes and placed in the top 10 at Chino. Close by was Eugene Choi, an 18-year-old from Diamond Bar who won the first Public Links Golf Association Match Play championship, defeating an elite field of Southern California shot makers. Brandon Hillpot easily chalked up a victory in the San Bernardino County Championship. Other top players included former Citrus College star Matt Caldwell of Covina, who won the Rialto City Championship at El Rancho Verde and placed third in the Inland Valley Championship. Gary Havro of Claremont, John Mack of Rancho Cucamonga and Mark Rossi of La Verne all had outstanding years. Accuracy was second to “rip it” tee shots. Valley courses stretched out past 7,000 yards. “If it ain’t 7,000 yards, it’s not a course,” was mainstream thinking. It was the year of the long ball. High-tech Titleist, Callaway and Taylor Made drivers and zipped-up golf balls ruled as never before in 2005. Valley pros and amateurs alike hammered out 300-yard drives, then laced their second shots onto the greens at 500-yard, par 5 holes. Joe Lopez, 20, of Chino Hills earned player of the year honors for the Foothill Conference while competing for the state champs, Mt. San Antonio College. Don DuBois, 46, who played his high school career in the mid-1970s at Glendora with Via Verde head pro Mark Pailthorp, won the Califonia State Championship. Remarkable senior golfers were led by Ann Winter of Upland, who at 86 continued to play and win flight championships. Clive Panton, 63, of La Verne and Allen Belknap, 55, set the pace among senior men. Top senior professional honors went to John Powell of Los Serranos, who at 75 was playing as well now as he did when he was 30. Other winning senior pros included Bruce Janke and Rick Hunter of El Prado. One of the valley’s youngest professionals, Justin Itzen, 21, of Pomona put together four terrific rounds last March at his home course, Los Serranos South, to qualify for the 2005 Canadian Tour with a 2-under-par 286 total. Outstanding high school coaches included Bonita’s Gabe Sanchez, Upland’s Richard Kim, Diamond Bar’s Tony McCabe and Chino Hills’ John Gottbrecht. Noteworthy accomplishments: Golf boomed at Mt. San Antonio College, where coach Stan Gonta of Chino Hills led the men’s team to a state community college championship in May. Coach Kim Melrose of Upland followed with her second straight state title with the women’s team in November. A sweep for the Mounties. Late in the year, Joe Toledo of Chino admirably started his own fund-raising golf group to raise funds for cancer research in honor of his late father, Tony. Biggest surprise occurred in October when 17-year-old Taylor Coffman wandered into the City of Chino Championship at El Prado’s Chino Creek course and won the 36 hole-event, defeating superb players like Eric Fekin of Victorville, Billy Mouw of Chino Hills and Aaron Hobbs of Chino in the process. Coffman had never played either course before the tournament. Best year of all: Kevin Na of Rancho Cucamonga. Na, 22, in his second year on the PGA Tour, finished second in two events and cleaned up money-wise, earning more than $1 million as he finished 67th on the money list and maintained his PGA card for 2006. So, golf was good to Korea-born Na who came to the United States when he was 8 and made a million dollars hitting a little white ball when he was 22. MEET AND GREET Teaching professionals Gary Gentile and Aaron Hunsaker will be greeting golfers today from 5-8 p.m. at Golf Tec Learning. The valley’s newest golf center will mark its grand opening at Goldsmith in the Ontario Mills mall. “We’re inviting golfers of all ability levels to join us and see our demonstrations and latest equipment,” said Hunsaker, who learned his golf in Yakima, Wash. “We’ve been offering lessons since Dec. 1, but this official opening will stress demos, fun, food and drinks. “Everything is up to date, including videos, audios and bio- sensory techniques.” Gentile, a pro who worked for many years in the Palm Springs area, is director of golf at the center. For information, call (909) 987-1141. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist. His column runs on Wednesday. Readers may contact him at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online… 3 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Transfer News 3 three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Cardiff City have moved to beat West Brom to the £9million signing of Bristol City forward Bobby Reid. Albion were looking to offer £7m for Reid but Cardiff have proposed a deal worth up to £9m. The 25-year-old is due to undergo a medical and will be joined by QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies as he looks to complete his £3.5m move from Loftus Road. (Daily Mail)Southampton are chasing Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Jannik Vestergaard. The defender is regarded as one of the best young defenders in Germany and has established himself as a key part of the Monchengladbach side. (The Sun)Southampton are interested in signing Manchester City’s Angus Gunn in a deal that could reach £15million. The goalkeeper, who received his first England call-up last November, spent last season on loan at Norwich City in the Championship. (Daily Mail)David Brooks is due to undergo a medical on Thursday after Bournemouth agreed a deal for the Sheffield United midfielder. The 20-year old has three caps for Wales after making his international debut in November 2017. He’s scored three goals in 33 appearances for Sheffield United. (Sky Sports) targets Ben Foster is looking to leave West Brom Jorginho’s agent claims the Napoli midfielder is close to finally completing his long-awaited £43million move to Manchester City. Joao Santos says he has already flown to England and is waiting for either Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis or their sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli to ring and give him permission to speak to the Premier League champions. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City will NOT be activating the buy-back clause in Aaron Mooy ‘s contract. The Australia midfielder has had an impressive World Cup for the Socceroos, sparking speculation that he might get a move from Huddersfield Town. But the Blues are not about to move for a player they sold to the Terriers last summer in a deal worth £10million. (Manchester Evening News) Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Aaron Mooy won’t be returning to Manchester City LATEST moving on IN DEMAND The former England Under-21 goalkeeper Lee Grant looks set to move to Manchester United from Stoke City as the club’s new No 3 choice behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero. He is joining United on a free agent deal with the likelihood that he will sign a one-year contract. (Daily Telegraph)Wolves have turned down a £12million bid for winger Ivan Cavaleiro from fellow Premier League new boys Fulham. The Cottagers are the latest club to join the chase for the 24-year-old after Huddersfield Town were linked with a similar bid for the Portuguese star last week. (Express & Star)West Brom have rejected a £1million bid from Watford for goalkeeper Ben Foster. The 35-year-old is due to be disciplined by West Brom, along with defender Craig Dawson, after refusing to join the club’s training camp in Portugal on Tuesday. (Daily Mail) LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing