The 2022 Hoag Classic returned to Newport Beach Country Club on March 2-6, with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as title sponsor and presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank.
With an impressive PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $2 million purse, World Golf Hall of Fame member Retief Goosen carded the lowest round of the day 8-under 63; en route to capturing his second victory on PGA TOUR Champions by four strokes over K.J. Choi.
This year marks the 26th tournament in Orange County since beginning in 1995. Hoag became the host, manager and beneficiary in 1998, and title sponsor in 2019. To date, the Hoag Classic has raised more than $20 million in total proceeds for Hoag’s programs and services, as well as other local charities – making it one of the most successful philanthropic events for the PGA TOUR Champions.
“As a partner and beneficiary of the Hoag Classic, we are thrilled to be part of an event that shines a spotlight on the generosity of our community,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “The proceeds from this year’s tournament will go towards Hoag’s programs and services, including the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, and expand access to the world-class health and wellness services we provide. A special thanks to the volunteers and staff who have helped us safely organize a successful event.”
The Hoag Classic featured players with more than 500 worldwide professional victories, including 50 major championships and eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. This year, 77 players competed, including Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, and Sandy Lyle as well as Hoag Classic newcomers Jim Furyk, KJ Choi, and David Duval.
Throughout the tournament week, more than 65,000 attendees enjoyed world-class golf, along with exciting events and experiences for the whole family.
“This event would not be possible without the support of the community and the thousands of volunteers who have donated countless hours of their time to make this incredible tournament a reality,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Hoag Classic. “With Hoag’s support as title sponsor, our presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank, more than 250 other corporate partners, and our tremendous volunteers, we are proud to host an event that not only contributes to the health and vitality of our community, but creates compelling competition for our fans to enjoy.”
The Championship Weekend kicked off on Friday, March 4. The annual Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic on Saturday, March 5 was an opportunity to honor all active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees and veterans – and one guest – with complimentary admission to thank them for their service. Spectators were able to plant a flag in remembrance of a loved one currently serving or who has served our country at the Konica Minolta “Field of Flags,” benefiting the Blue Angels Foundation. Continuing with tradition, the tournament donated $125,000 to military causes, including Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, U.S. Navy Memorial, the Blue Angels Foundation and the Heart of a Lion Foundation. Each year, the Hoag Classic honors members of the armed services who have served our country, as well as served our communities. This year’s honorees included:
- Major Billy C. Hall USMC/USA, Retired
- Lieutenant Colonel John V. Russo USAAC/USAF, Retired
- William J. Kull, Staff Sergeant USA
- Colonel Victor M. Bakkila USA
- Emmanuel G. Montanez, Jr., Staff Sergeant USA
- Robert M. Brower, Sergeant USA
- Lieutenant Commander David C. Liao USN – Hoag Hero Veteran
- Lieutenant Commander Janie C. Liao USN – Hoag Hero Veteran
- Lieutenant Commander Edward A. Beaver USN, Retired – Captain Jack Callahan Hoag Classic Veteran Volunteer Award
During the Final Round on Sunday, March 6, attendees ages 18 and under received complimentary admission for Student Day, presented by Kingston Technology. Kingston Technology awarded $70,000 in scholarships to the Hoag Employee Scholarship Program for non-nursing employees who are actively pursuing education to advance their careers at Hoag. The recipients included:
- Kourtney Gunderson
- Sandra Martinez
- Bryann Vance
“As exciting as the professional competition is, it’s just one aspect of what makes the Hoag Classic so special. The event simply wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers and the involvement of our sponsors,” said Paul Folino, Chairman of the Hoag Classic. “They ensure that the Hoag Classic is a true community event.”
Thank you to all the sponsors, supporters, fans and players who helped make the 2022 Hoag Classic a success. See you in 2023!