Meet the Scholars

The SCGA Junior Scholarship Program is designed to help youth continue their education in college or vocational school. This year, $160,000 will be distributed to 43 students for tuition, room and board, and educational supplies.


Class of 2021

Alyaa Abdulghany

University of Southern California

Alyaa will head to USC this fall to compete on the Trojan golf team. She graduates from Corona Del Mar HS with a 4.0 GPA and a lengthy list of achievements on the golf course, including CA Women’s State Open Champion, member of the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup team, and 2016 ALL-USA High School Golfer of the Year. Alyaa has volunteered for SCGA Junior by participating in the Friends of Golf Clinic alongside Bryson DeChambeau and by mentoring younger golfers at club outings.


Matthew Carungay

Loyola Marymount University

A former captain of the golf team at La Miranda High School, Matthew will join the Loyola Marymount program this upcoming fall. Matthew leaves quite the legacy at La Miranda with a 4.26 GPA and he’s the current record holder for lowest round with a 66. Matthew has been heavily involved in SCGA by participating in the Golf Pass program, the annual Golf Marathon, and volunteering at the Friends of Golf charity event.


Stephanie Fernandez

Cal State San Marcos

Stephanie is a graduate of The Charter School of San Diego and will continue her education at Cal State San Marcos. She has been heavily involved in the SCGA Junior Golf Pass program and The First Tee of San Diego and she credits much of her character and golf abilities to both programs. Stephanie excelled in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and was invited to compete in Georgia. She is excited about remaining in the golf industry through college and into her professional career.


Jessica Hernandez

Cal Poly Pomona

Jessica graduates Chino Hills High School with a 4.0 GPA and a 4-year member of the golf team, serving as captain her senior year. She has participated in several SCGA Junior club outings as both a volunteer and participant and frequently utilizes the Golf Pass to enhance her game. Jessica will be attending Cal Poly Pomona next year and plans to pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering with hopes of working for JPL or SpaceX!


Nicole Misner

Waldorf University

After a successful high school career at Hemet High School where she captained the golf team, Nicole is off to Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa on a golf scholarship. Nicole was introduced to SCGA Junior during her freshman year of high school and has participated in several outings as both a volunteer and participant, in addition to the Golf Pass program. Nicole plans to major in Special Education at Waldorf and looks forward to providing a positive influence for children with disabilities.


Blake Petchel

Mt. San Jacinto College

Blake will be heading to Mt. San Jacinto College to further his education and continue his golf career, with the goal to transfer to a Division I university to compete. Blake began golfing at a young age and has spent a great deal of time passing on his knowledge and skills to juniors. He started volunteering at golf clinics at age 9 and continues to help out as much as he can. When Blake is not on the golf course he enjoys racing motocross and playing soccer.


Jennifer Queller

University of Illinois at Springfield

A graduate of Santiago High School, Jennifer has been involved with SCGA Junior since she was 7 years old when she began using the Golf Pass program. Since then she has played in several SCGA Junior outings and has volunteered at Golf Marathon and the 2016 women’s fundraising event where she was able to meet Nancy Lopez. Jennifer is off to the University of Illinois, Springfield where she plans to continue playing golf and pursue a career in Pharmaceuticals.


Emily Sumner

Santa Clara University

Emily graduates Foothill High School with a 4.57 GPA and will head to Santa Clara University where she will play golf and major in Bioengineering. Emily has participated in the annual SCGA Junior Golf Marathon for the past 4 years and also took on the challenge   to start her own fundraising event by creating a putting competition. The money raised from the putting competition was matched by the USGA and then donated to the SCGA Junior program one year and the PAP Lung Foundation the following year.


Patrick Tran

Chaminade University, Honolulu

Patrick will be headed to Hawaii to continue his education at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Patrick has been involved with the SCGA Junior Foundation since the age of 12 and credits SCGA Junior for the affordability of the Golf Pass Program and helping him refine his etiquette and respect for the game of golf. In addition to golf, Patrick enjoys designing websites and reading in his spare time.


Mark Williams

California State University, San Bernardino

Mark graduated from La Quinta High School and is attending Cal State San Bernardino where he will study Criminal Justice and join the golf team, having earned a scholarship. He has utilized the Golf Pass to hit balls at his local ranges but also takes advantage of the reduced rates to play practice rounds prior to tournaments. Through the SCGA Junior club outings program, Mark was able to meet his swing coach who has helped him get to the level he’s at today.


Class of 2020



Sophia Barcelo

Gordon College

Sophia is adjusting to college life at Gordon College in Massachusetts while enduring the culture shock that is New England weather. She has taken on a rigorous schedule as a Kinesiology major on the pre-med track and also pursuing a double minor in Spanish and Neuroscience. Outside of class she stays busy volunteering at a local church, participating in Gospel Choir, and continuing her involvement in Gordon’s Forrester Entrepreneurship Program.



Veronica Chen

Colgate University

Veronica has enjoyed a successful first year at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She became a staff writer for the Colgate Maroon Newspaper, works as a greeter in the Admissions office, and became a member of Habitat for Humanity. Veronica is interested in pursuing a career in Political Science and Journalism and hopes to gain experience by travelling abroad and interning.




Amber Christensen

Cuyamaca College, 2016 Duff Scholar

Amber played golf all four years at Patrick Henry High School and was Co-Captain her senior year. Amber is grateful for the opportunities golf has given her and she gives back to the game by volunteering at SCGA Junior events and coaching at Pro Kids.  She is pursuing a major in Elementary Education and after graduation she plans to pursue her master’s in education to one day become a teacher and give back to the youth. During her breaks, Amber plans to volunteer at several SCGA Junior events.




Kristy Harada

Chapman University

Kristy has completed her freshman year at Chapman University where she earned a 4.0 in the Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program which will allow her to become a Doctor of Pharmacy in just 5 years! In addition, Kristy is also a member of Chapman’s first even Women’s Golf Team where she has competed in several tournaments. Despite her busy schedule, Kristy has found time to help out at SCGA Junior events and looks forward to attending more in the future.




Brian Legaspi

UC Irvine

Brian is currently enrolled at University of California, Irvine where he is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Political Science. Brian took the initiative to become an academic tutor for his Alma Mater, Buena Park High School. He takes pride in helping others and knowing that he made a positive influence in their lives.




Tess Morales

Cal State Long Beach

Tess has recently completed her first year at Long Beach State where she has joined the school’s Dragon Boat team. Additionally, she has joined the Blindstart of America Dragon Boat team to benefit those in the blind and deaf community. Tess is considering a major in Biochemistry and has aspirations to become a researcher after college. She looks forward to gaining experience through internships in the coming years.




Marni Murez

Santa Clara University, 2016 COPi Cup Scholar

After completing her freshman year at Boston College, Marni will return to California and attend Santa Clara University. She will continue to play collegiate golf for Santa Clara after a successful first year at BC. Recently, Marni competed in the Ventura City Championship and won the event with a low 2-day gross score of 147. Marni is passionate about the sciences and is leaning towards a major in Biology.




Michael Nguyen

UC Berkeley, 2016 SCGA President’s Scholar

Michael has completed a strong freshman year at UC Berkeley where he has stayed on top of his academics and has been active within the community. He has joined Army ROTC, been an active member of the Optometry Club, and holds a part-time position at Goldman School of Public Policy. Although he has not formal declared a major, Michael intends on pursuing a degree in Computer Science.



Robert Padilla

Marymount California

Robert joined his brother at Marymount California University where he is pursuing a Bio-Med major and plays for the Men’s Golf Team. Robert is interested in becoming a Pharmacist and plans to attend Pharmacy school after he graduates from Marymount. He has joined the Vita Society, a club that focuses on the sciences and the professions within the sciences and will be taking summer classes to accelerate his progress.



Allan Sander

Cal State San Bernardino, 2016 Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Allan is adjusting to college life at California State University, San Bernardino where he has decided to pursue a major in Computer Engineering. When he is not studying he spends time with friends and volunteers at a local animal shelter. After taking a year off from competitive golf, Allan is hopeful to join the Coyotes golf team next year and hopes to make it out to a few SCGA Junior events in the summer.


Class of 2019


Andrew Banuelos

Cal State Dominguez Hills

A graduate of El Rancho High School and current scholar-athlete at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Andrew is also a current SCGA Junior coach. He came to SCGA Junior through the Coach Across America program and takes pride in creating bonds with his students and watching them develop both on and off the golf course. He plans to continue playing competitively after graduating from college with the ultimate goal of playing on the PGA Tour.

Andres Cuamani

Cal State Fullerton

Andres is currently enrolled at California State University, Fullerton and is pursuing a major in Spanish. He has found time, despite his rigorous schedule, to volunteer at the Western Service Workers Association which aims to help aid low-income minority workers by providing food and legal advice. In addition, Andres has increased his time commitment at the Tiger Woods Learning Center as a tutor and mentor for younger students.

Lauren Fesler

California Lutheran University, 2015 Duff Scholar

Lauren is attending California Lutheran University where she plays golf and is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and a focus on Mathematics. When she is not busy in the classroom or on the golf course she stays busy as a Peer Advisor where she helped teach seminar courses with a faculty advisor, and as a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity which is geared towards professional development and volunteering. This summer she will return to Hillcrest Country Club to work as a Camp Coordinator.


Stephanie Gonzalez

Texas A&M International University, 2015 Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Stephanie has recently completed her sophomore year at Texas A&M International University where she has decided to pursue a major in Kinesiology. She has also found success as a member of the golf team where she has placed 2nd individually in two tournaments as well as helped her team earn several top 5 finishes including a couple wins. Outside of school and golf, Stephanie volunteers with Salvation Army and helps with SCGA Junior’s Instruction program at Pico Rivera and Bell Gardens Golf Courses.

Dario Hamada

Cal State Fullerton

Dario is currently enrolled at California State University, Fullerton where he is on the pre-business track and competes as a member of the Titan Golf Team. Dario donates a significant amount of time practicing and training to improve his golf game. Despite his existing time commitments, Dario still finds time to participate in SCGA Junior events including volunteering at the annual SCGA Junior Golf Marathon and helping out the instruction program at Pico Rivera Golf Course

Jakeishya Le

UC Riverside

Jakeishya is currently thriving at UC Riverside where she has selected a major in Psychology and is currently competing as the #1 for the women’s golf team. As a freshman, she earned 4 top 10 finishes and received Freshman of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference accolades. Additionally, she places 2nd individually at this year’s Big West Championships which helped the team win the event. Outside of golf, she has joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars club where she helped out with several service projects focused on giving back to the community.

Nicholas Moreno

Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 SCGA President’s Scholar

As a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Nicholas is majoring in Finance and also participates as a member of the Men’s Golf Team. Additionally, Nicholas stays busy outside of the classroom as he has joined several organizations on campus. He is a member of Tepper Undergraduate Diversity Club, the Introductory Finance Society, and he is the Treasurer for the Spanish and Latin Student Association. He has spent time volunteering at the SCGA Junior Golf Marathon and looks forward to participating in additional SCGA Junior events this summer.

Mallory Muehlbauer

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mallory has been quite active since enrolling at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has landed on a major in in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and she is also a member of the golf team. Last summer she qualified and competed in the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship help at Rolling Green Golf Club in Sprinfield, PA. Additionally, she began working at the Vista Valley Country Club where she helps out in ground operations. She has also been accepted in to Cal Poly’s Women in Business Leadership Academy focused on empowering women in business. She has stay connected with SCGA Junior by volunteering for the Women’s Southern California Amateur Championship Junior Clinic and The Shootout at Coto de Casa.

Melody Muehlbauer


As a sophomore at UCLA, Melody has landed on the Mechanical Engineering major with a concentration in Technology Management. This past summer, Melody enrolled in additional courses at UC San Diego and also was hired at a Law Firm. This summer she will travel to Europe with professors and fellow UC students to learn about the culture and arts of Germany and Austria. Melody has stayed involved with SCGA Junior by volunteering at Junior Golf Tournaments and delivering a speech at the Scholar Dinner.

Michael Padilla

Marymount California University

Michael is currently enrolled Marymount California University where he is majoring in Business Management and is a member of the Men’s Golf Team. A noteworthy highlight from his golf season is that he shot a school record 64 during a tournament. He serves as Vice President of the Society for the Advancement of Management which focuses on professional development. Michael has been an engaged SCGA Junior volunteer and has participated in the Golf Marathon, The Shootout, the LA Golf Show, and helped out at Drive, Chip, & Putt at Riviera.

Samantha Rocha

Occidental College, 2015 COPi Cup Scholar

Samantha has recently completed her sophomore year at Occidental College where she is majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology. In addition, she is pursuing a minor in Kinesiology while also playing collegiate golf for the Women’s Golf Team where she was recently chosen as a Captain. If this wasn’t enough, Samantha is also a member of the Women and Youth Supporting Each Other club and plans on joining the Beyond Brilliance club, both clubs focus on mentoring and empowering young girls.

Hansel Suharli

UC Berkeley

Hansel has completed his first two years at Fullerton College and will be transferring to UC Berkeley to continue his education and pursue a Business Management degree. Hansel has been heavily involved in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and will attend Field Training this summer. Additionally, he is currently teaching an AP Computer Science course at Buena Park Junior High School, typically a course for high school students.


Steven Torres

Cal State Los Angeles, 2016 Friends of Golf Scholar

Steven is currently enrolled at Cal State Los Angeles and is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. As a current coach for SCGA Junior Instruction program, Steven is able to serve as a mentor and role model to children in the program. In addition to golf, Steven is passionate about soccer and has aspirations to play professionally after completing his education.



Ysabel Tran

San Jose State University

After spending two years at Cal State Northridge, Ysabel has transferred to San Jose State University where she is majoring in Biotechnology and plans to head to medical school after graduating. In addition to her arduous academic schedule, Ysabel also finds time to be a member of the women’s golf team and donates her time volunteering with her team and individually. She has stayed connected with SCGA Junior and the Tiger Woods Learning Center and looks forward to volunteering at more events in the future.


Class of 2018

Rachel Chandler

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Rachel will begin her senior year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she is majoring in Architectural Engineering and was able to study abroad, with members of her major, in Lithuania for 5 weeks. Despite her busy academic schedule, Rachel has started working with the Food Insecurity and Nutrition program for Cal Poly, she continues to participate in both The Structural Engineering Association of California and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Ambassador Program, and she teaches fellow students Calculus.

Sachi Hamada

Cal State Long Beach, Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Sachi is currently enrolled at Long Beach State where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design while also competing for the Women’s Golf Team. Next year, Sachi has two exciting trips with her classmates where she will travel to San Francisco and Hong Kong as part of the BFA program. When Sachi is not studying or playing golf she donates her time by volunteering at golf courses and helping out with the Men’s Golf Team.

Jamie Harada

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Duff Scholar

Jamie has recently completed her junior year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she is pursuing a business major with a focus in Accounting while also competing for the Women’s Golf Team. She has recently accepted an internship offer for the summer at Ernst and Young where she will work in auditing. During her school breaks she volunteers for the SCGA Junior Shootout and at the Tiger Woods Learning Center.

Georgia Lacey

San Diego State University, 2014 SCGA President’s Scholar

Georgia is attending San Diego State University where she is majoring in Psychology, minoring in Sustainability, and competing as a member of the Women’s Golf Team. After overcoming a concussion, Georgia returned to the golf course and placed 2nd individually at the Stanford Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by Condoleezza Rice.  She also spends her time volunteering with various organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Walk for ALS.

Natalie Mattison

Oral Roberts University

After attending UC Riverside for one year, Natalie plans to transfer to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While at UC Riverside, she participated on the women’s golf team, learning discipline and time management. She credits SCGA Junior for the opportunities that were given to her and the life skills she has learned along the way. Natalie has volunteered at numerous SCGA Junior events including the annual Member Junior Shootout. Although undeclared, she plans to major in business with a minor in english at Oral Roberts.

Brooke Miller

Drake University

Brooke will graduate from Drake University in 2018 with a double major in Political Relations and Political Science while also pursuing a minor in Business Studies. Last January, she was able to take a class in Washington D.C. and witness the inauguration and says it is an experience that she will never forget. In addition to her scholastic activities, Brooke is a member of the Drake golf team, serves as the Community Outreach Committee Chair for Drake’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and volunteers at several local organizations.

Julia Sander

UC Riverside

Julia is on pace to graduate in 2018 from UC Riverside where she is studying Language and Literature as well as German. She is currently experiencing her most successful period on the golf team as she has earned a spot in the top 5 on her team and recently placed 7th out of 100 players at a Cal Baptist event. When Julia is not studying or playing golf she continues to volunteer at SCGA Junior events throughout the year.

Christie Spann

California Baptist University

After spending three years at Grand Canyon University, Christie has transferred to Cal Baptist to finish her degree.  She is studying nursing as well as business management.  Christie is passionate about helping people and sites that as a large factor in her quest to be a nurse. She also volunteers at SCGA events and spends time with Hands Giving Hope in Phoenix where she helps package clothing that will be sent to kids across the world.

Kailee Ward

Waldorf University

Kailee is on pace to graduate June of 2018 from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa with a Bachelors in English and Psychology. She is also a member of the Women’s Golf Team and the school’s English Club. Kailee’s passionate about helping people and her goal is to become a Speech Therapist. This summer, Kailee will be doing an internship with a company called Little Field Therapy where she will be helping children with Autism.

Class of 2017

Reece Akana

Harvard University

Reece graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Chemical & Physical Biology with a minor in Music.  He will be attending Stanford University as a Ph.D. candidate in Cancer Biology.

Kari Gordon

University of Redlands

Kari was a member of the Bulldogs Women’s Golf Team and graduated with a degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics.  She will be working as an Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Raquel Gordon

University of Redlands

Raquel competed on the women’s golf team while pursuing a degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics.  She will be working as an Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Carolane Gariepy

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2013 SCGA President’s Scholar

Carolane majored in Business Finance with a minor in Statistics.  She is moving to San Francisco where she has accepted a position with LifeStreet as a Media/Financial Analyst.

Torrey Muñoz

UC Santa Barbara

Torrey has earned his degree in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems.  He spent time as an intern with Scottish Parliament during a semester abroad his Senior year.  He has been hired to work in sales for Jackson Family Wines.

Said Shaba

UC Berkeley

Graduating from Cal with a degree in Political Economy, Said will be studying for the LSAT and hopes to secure a position with a law firm to gain experience in the field.

Alec Spencer

University of La Verne, 2014 COPi Cup Scholar

A four year member of the men’s golf team, Alec has earned his degree in Business Administration and will be moving to Austin, TX to start work as a broker’s assistant and acquisitions associate at St. Croix Capital Advisors.  Read about his journey in FORE magazine here.

David Yambao

UC Irvine

Dave majored in Business Information Management which is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree between the Bren School of Computer Science and the Paul Merage Business Administration schools.

Eugene Yang

UC Berkeley

With an anticipated degree in economics, Eugene tackled a very tough school year in the fall of 2014. He gives back to the Berkeley elder community by taking a class that offers assistance to these members, including activities like yoga. Eugene credits SCGA Junior for allowing him to grow his skills within the game of golf and reinforcing the values that have made him the person he is today.


Jorgeo Catolico

UC San Diego, 2012 SCGA President’s Scholar, Class of 2016

Jorgeo majored in Cognitive Science and is now working as a Technical Support Analyst at MedCap Software. Click here to read more about Jorgeo in FORE magazine.

Advice to current scholars: Start thinking about your post-graduation plans as soon as possible. Its never too early to prepare for your future!

Savannah Knox

Cal State Long Beach, Duff Scholar

Savannah graduated from Long Beach State in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and has returned to Long Beach State to pursue her MBA and is on pace to graduate in Spring 2018. Savannah is overcoming a knee injury that held her out of competition but she still holds eligibility on the golf team and when she is not with the team she can be found working at Virginia Country Club or involved with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Click here to read more about Savannah in our In The Spotlight series, whichshare stories of SCGA Junior junior golfers, from small improvements to great feats both on and off the golf course

Eduardo Rivas

Lewis & Clark College, Class of 2015

Eduardo doubled majored in Psychology and Hispanic Studies.  He is currently in a Masters program at Chapman University in Marriage & Family Therapy and plans to graduate in 2018.  He is completing his practicum at the Francis Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy at Chapman and also has the opportunity to work with children with special needs, such as Autism and ADHD, and provide them with ABA therapy services.

Advice for current scholars: Although it is still far away, it never hurts to start building connections and networking because this could lead you to an opportunity for an internship or job in the area that you are interested.The sooner you start obtaining work experience such as jobs on campus, research opportunities, or internships, this will help you to become a strong candidate for a job or graduate school after you graduate. Use the career centers in your colleges so they can help you with your resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, or suggest organizations where you can be an intern. You are paying for it from your tuition so why not use it?!

Elise Polk

UCLA, Duff Scholar

Elise majored in international development studies. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education at the University of San Diego and is completing practicum work as a student teacher.

Titus Wu

University of Southern California, Class of 2015

Titus majored in Business Administration and also spent time studying abroad in Singapore during his time at USC.  Upon graduating, Titus accepted a position with SCGA Junior as the USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern.  He is now working full time as the Golf Coordinator for the TGR Learning Lab.

Advice to current scholars: Network as much as you can. Study abroad if you have the chance. It will be one of the best experiences in your life.