Hoag Charity Sports Hall of Fame
Community Leaders Honored
The Hoag Charity Sports Hall of Fame honors individuals who make an impressive imprint on Orange County communities and have contributed towards making this tournament the preeminent event on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Hank Adler – Inducted 2013
Tournament Chairman, 1998–2007
After leading the Taco Bell Newport Classic for five years, Hank became the Toshiba Classic Tournament Chairman during the initial 10 years of Hoag’s management. Hank was instrumental in building the tournament into the premier event it is today. His stewardship left a lasting imprint, as the Toshiba Classic was the first PGA TOUR Champions event to raise $1 million for charity in any one year (2000), and the tournament has averaged over a million dollars per year ever since.
Jake Rohrer – Inducted 2013
Tournament Chairman, 1998–2006
Jake’s leadership and support of Hoag’s golf events extends back to 1985, when he first served as Tournament Chairman of the Newport Classic. As Co-Chairman of the Toshiba Classic from 1998–2006, Jake Rohrer helped create an operation that evolved into the best run tournament on the PGA TOUR Champions. Over 1,000 volunteers under Jake’s command served Hoag in our efforts to raise $1 million annually for this community, creating the most important charitable event in all of Orange County.
Paul Folino – Inducted 2015
Contributor and Chairman, 2018–Present
Paul Folino has been an avid fan and supporter of the Hoag Classic since Emulex became a diamond sponsor in 2001. Since that time, Paul quietly worked behind the scenes helping build additional corporate support in the Orange County business community. His leadership has had a direct and meaningful impact on the success of this tournament and the charities that benefit. Paul became just the third Tournament Chairman of Hoag’s PGA TOUR Champions event in 2019.
Jack Norberg – Inducted 2016
When Jack began his sponsorship in 2009, he immediately also became an ambassador for this tournament throughout the community, engaging partners and associates to join and support the event. Jack became a board member when Hoag Charity Sports was formed. He continued to be a leading supporter every year, and his contributions helped us consistently be the foremost tournament on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Ira J. Garbutt – Inducted 2018
Tournament Chairman 2008–2018
As Tournament Chairman from 2008–2018, Ira Garbutt’s leadership coming out of difficult economic times was critical to our status as the premier charitable TOUR event. Additionally, he helped organize and structure Hoag Charity Sports – a Hoag supporting 501(c)(3) foundation that now hosts the tournament – and established a structure of leadership which will serve the tournament well into the future.
Marshall Duffield – Inducted 2018
Contributor, Crosby Southern Tournament Founder and Chairman
Marshall Duffield is, quite simply, the founder of Hoag Hospital professional golf. As a friend of Bing Crosby, “Duffy” created the initial Crosby Southern Pro-Am in 1975 and started Hoag down the path of using golf as a fundraiser and community promotion. Over four decades later, the Crosby Southern has evolved into the most successful and largest PGA TOUR Champions event in history.
Charley Hester – Inducted 2018
Contributor, Crosby Southern Co-Founder and Tournament Chairman
Charley Hester, an early 552 Club member and later Hoag Hospital Board member, was asked by his friend Marshall Duffield to help seal the deal with Bing Crosby. For the annual fee of $1 to the Crosby family, the Crosby Southern was launched. Charley then played a key role in securing sponsors and community support in the early years of the tournament, as Hoag’s golf events became an important piece of the foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Mark Simons – Inducted 2019
Mark Simons spearheaded Toshiba’s title sponsorship and partnership with Hoag from 1998 – 2018. His corporate leadership, coupled with his commitment to community and charity, was a formula for success that helped propel the tournament to the leading event for charity on the entire PGA TOUR Champions.
2016 & 2007
2014 & 2010
2002 & 1998
Jose Maria Canizares
Toshiba Senior Classic
While the Toshiba Senior Classic was under different management from 1995-97, these champions are included in the Hoag Charity Sports Hall of Fame.
Newport Classic Champions
|1975 – Billy Ziobro||1982 – Ed Dougherty||1990 – Brian Claar|
|1976 – Bob Eastwood||1983 – Mike Gove||1991 – Ron Shelton|
|1977 – Bruce Fleisher||1984 – Bill Briton||1992, 93 – Clark Dennis|
|1978 – Gary Groh||1985, 87 – John McComish||1994 – Jerry Foltz|
|1979 – Bobby Baker||1986 – Tony Grimes||1995, 96 – R.W. Eaks|
|1980 – Bob Mann||1988 – John Chafee||1997 – John Johnson|
|1981 – Mitch Mooney||1989 – Perry Parker|