Fred Couples provided many highlights and drew a large gallery following during his debut in 2010, when he won the Toshiba Classic. (File photo, Daily Pilot / March 7, 2010)

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There are simple, yet vast ways to describe the Toshiba Classic.

It's known as one of the favorite, if not the best, stop for the players on the Champions Tour.

Who wouldn't want to play golf in Newport Beach? Yet this is the only pro tournament in Orange County.

The event has garnered so much prestige that a wall of fame was built at Newport Beach Country Club, where the tournament takes place.

Certainly there are plenty of memories from the Toshiba Classic, which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Those wonderful, colorful memories have made the tournament so great.

Yet the tournament staff, the volunteers and the pros have also played key roles for the Toshiba Classic's success.

Back in the day, they referred to the players as seniors on the Senior Tour. Now they are champions. They really are.

Many of the players are personable, down-to-earth. If you think they're rude, they are really just aloof, and that might just come from a tough round on the course.

The layout at Newport Beach Country Club is known as one of the shortest in length on the Champions Tour. But those tricky greens can challenge the greatest of the champions.

When it comes to the Toshiba Clasasic, what is your favorite memory?

Did it come in 1997? That was when Bob Murphy ended a nine-hole playoff against Jay Sigel with an 80-foot-birdie putt on Newport Beach Country Club's famed No. 17.

Or how about 2005? In that year, Mark "Beer Man" Johnson captivated the Toshiba Classic crowd with his his background as a beer truck driver for 18 years. He deserved a nice, cold one after his clinched his victory with an eagle from 91 yards out on No. 18.

A lot of drama could be found on the 18th at Newport Beach Country Club.

Yet my favorite highlight came from Fred Couples' victory in 2010.

There wasn't a dramatic finish, as Couples won by four strokes. But it was just the way he went about winning. So cool. So Couples. It was an absolute treat.

There are sure to be more memories created in the 20th edition of the Toshiba Classic and the years ahead.

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