Meet the Scholars

The SCGA Junior Scholarship Program is designed to help youth continue their education in college or vocational school. This year, $165,000 will be distributed to 47 students for tuition, room and board, and educational supplies.

 

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Class of 2024

Derek Ban

Middlebury College

Derek is a long-time avid Golf Pass program participant with SCGA Junior. Picking up clubs at the age of eight, Derek learn the persistence and dedication in sport. Now he volunteers his time to coaching the next generation of golfers in his community. Derek will be moving to Vermont to further is golf career at Middlebury College while studying International Politics and Economics.

Allyssa Chan

UC Berkeley

Allyssa is headed to Berkeley as a Business/Political Science major this fall. Allyssa has participated in the Golf Pass program and is on the leadership team for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf chapter of Southeast LA. Allyssa also works as a coach for SCGA Junior’s Player and Youth Development program.

 

Skylar Graham

University of Southern California

Skylar will be attending the University of Southern California to study Communications and/or Psychology. Skylar has participated in the Golf Pass program and attended the College Prep classes. Through SCGA Junior she was able to recognize her leadership potential and went on to be the captain of her high school golf team her junior and senior years.

 

Kirsten Lindner

Hawaii Pacific University

Kirsten is headed to the islands to continue her golf career at Hawaii Pacific University where she will also study Biology. Kirsten has participated in the Golf Pass program and Mentor Play Days. Kirsten’s favorite SCGA Junior memory was getting a chance to meeting and learn from Nancy Lopez at a fundraising event.

Angel McDuffie

San Diego State University

Angel  attributes her growth in the game of golf to SCGA Junior by being able to play at an affordable rate through use of her Golf Pass and being able to put her skills to the test at the Summer Series club outings. Angel will be attending San Diego State University where she will be studying Computer Science.

 

Jasmine McDuffie

San Diego State University

Jasmine will be pursuing a degree in Computer Science at San Diego State University. Jasmine was always interested in golf growing up so decided to play high school golf; her high school team went on to win the league championship for the first time in school history her senior year. Jasmine’s favorite memory with SCGA Junior is the Summer Series program where she was able to play at her now favorite course, General Old.

 

 

Ashleigh Park

University of Texas, Austin

Ashleigh has been an active volunteer with SCGA Junior since she was 12 years old, serving as a role model and mentor to beginner golfers at club outings and girls golf events. She is now a member of the girls’ leadership team as part of our LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Southeast LA chapter. She has also had the opportunity to be mentored through our Play Days program and as a participant in the annual ANA Junior Inspiration. She’ll be attending the University of Texas where she’ll be competing on the women’s golf team.

 

Monique Ramirez

UC Irvine

Monique was first introduced to SCGA Junior as a sophomore at Bell High School when SCGA Junior coaches set up practices for her high school team. She quickly fell in love with and excelled in the sport, becoming the first girl from her school to qualify for CIF. Monique’s passion of helping people stay healthy is leading her to continue her studies in Biology at the University of California, Irvine.

Ryan Ruaysungoen

Pomona College

Ryan will be heading to Pomona College to study Biochemistry where he’ll also compete on the men’s golf team. Ryan has been an active Golf Pass member with SCGA Junior and attributes being able to compete at a high level due to the affordable access made possible by the program. Ryan admits that golf can have its frustrating moments, but golf also allowed him to learned better team communication skills, patience and perseverance.

Shani Waite

Prairie View A&M

Shani has been an active program member since she was eight years old, participating in the Golf Pass, Play Days, and College Prep programs. She is also a member of the leadership team for our LPGA-USGA Girls Golf chapter of Southeast LA.  Her highlight of involvement was being selected to participate in the annual Friends of Golf clinic where she met Butch Harmon and Luke Donald. She was asked back to interview Phil Mickelson the following year!  Shani will be playing golf for Prairie View A&M where she plans to study psychology.

Abigail Yang

CSU Long Beach

Abigail has been a Golf Pass member since 2016 and participated in the educational outings and college prep programming hosted by SCGA Junior. She has a heart for her community and teaching as she is an active volunteer at her church. Abigail will be attending Cal State Long Beach.

Class of 2023

Nicholas Aguilar

Cal Poly SLO

Nick is a member of the Cross-Cultural Experience group and also works at Dairy Creek Golf Course. He spends his free time going to the beach and hiking. Additionally, Nick has served as a coach with SCGA Junior’s Player & Youth Development program.

 

Devin Hernandez

UC Santa Barbara

Devin studies psychology and brain science at UCSB. Devin has volunteered at SCGA Junior for club outings at Brea Creak and Heartwell. Devin has participated in collaborations on Neuroscience, as well as the Model United Nations and the Adventure Club. Devin is also a Lifeguard at Knott’s Soak City.

 

Hannah Hernandez

Cal State Fullerton, 2019 Duff Scholar

Hannah is attending Cal State Fullerton where she plans on pursuing a degree in computer science. Hannah joined Women in Engineering, the Computer Science Club, and the Adventure Club   She has been participating in activities with SCGA Junior since she was in middle school and spent many hours volunteering at fundraising events.

 

Jacob Lewis

The Master’s University, 2019 Livingston Foundation Scholar 

 Jacob has successfully completed his freshman year as a full-time student and a member of the men’s golf team. During the school year Jacob volunteered at golf clinics and the local women’s shelter. Jacob also served as a coach with our Player & Youth Development program.

 

Jasmine Lew

UC Berkeley, 2019 Deb Long Scholar 

A member of the women’s golf team, Jasmine’s freshman highlight was taking 2nd place individually in only her second collegiate tournament.  In Berkeley, she’s been involved with her team members in fundraising for Breast Cancer, raising more than $20,000 for the cause. 

 

Andres Navarro

Cal State Dominguez Hills

Andres prides himself on his ability to prioritize and organize his upcoming events, his punctuality and perfect attendance. These skills came in handy during his freshman year where he was a member of the men’s golf team. Andres also volunteered at a number of SCGA Junior events including club outings and girls golf activities.

 

Emilie Nguyen

Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2019 Presidents’ Scholar

Emilie has completed a very eventful freshman year at Missouri S&T where her golf team placed 2nd in their first event setting a new school record! Along with being on the women’s golf team Emilie is also a member of two associations and on the S&T Multirotor Robot Design Team.

 

Jason Platt

Cal State Fullerton

 Jason is only one semester away from completing the required General Education classes for his major. Along with completing 17 units in one semester, Jason has also started focusing on his health and fitness. Additionally, Jason serves as a coach in our Player & Youth Development program.

 

Deanna Roldan

UC San Diego

Deanna is pursuing an environmental systems degree from the UCSD. Deanna started playing golf in middle school with the SCGA Junior Player & Youth Development program, and she hasn’t looked back since. She has great memories as a member of the Girls Golf of Southeast Los Angeles chapter, including serving on the Girls Golf Leadership Team. Deanna also volunteers for the San Diego Audubon Society in her spare time.

 

Juliette Ruaux

Occidental College, 2019 COPi Cup Scholar 

Juliette studies General Biology & Comparative Studies in Language and Culture at Occidental and plays on the women’s golf team. She has also served on the Girls Golf of Southeast LA Girls Leadership Team and has led college tours at Occidental for SCGA Junior. Juliette also takes part in the Occidental School newspaper as well as helping out at the LA County Junior Golf Camps.

 

Jetty Sivongsay

Cal State San Bernardino, 2019 Friends of Golf Scholar 

Jetty competes on the men’s golf team at Cal State San Bernardino while majoring in Business Marketing. Jetty is also a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has volunteered with SCGA Junior at club and educational outings, as well as Girls Golf activities. Jetty enjoys serving as a role model to younger kids learning to play the game. 

 

Moriah Spann

Cal Baptist University 

Moriah has showed exemplary academic success by completing two graduate level classes as a freshman and earning straight A’s. Moriah has been a long-time volunteer with SCGA Junior, helping at fundraising events and club outings.

 

Elise Sumner

Western Washington University

Elise is attending Western Washington University and competes on women’s golf team while pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Elise aspires to become a Speech and Language Pathologist. Elise was First Team All-Conference and made every tournament for the 2019-2020 season. She has been involved with fundraising, volunteering, and Club Outings with SCGA Junior. Her favorite part of SCGA Junior has been working closely with young kids, sharing laughs and smiles on and off the course.

 

Class of 2022

Dana Bryant

UC Santa Cruz, Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Dana studies Psychology and plays on the women’s golf team at UC Santa Cruz. Dana also works as a Vans Sales associate and works in statistics for the NBA G-League. She has stayed involved with SCGA Junior by participating in Play Days and educational outings and volunteering at girls golf classes.

 

Darla Christensen

San Diego State University

Darla attends San Diego State University and studies Environmental Science. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend law school. Darla volunteers for I Love a Clean San Diego and Pro Kids, as well being a part of the Women in Science Society. She has been involved with SCGA Junior for seven years and has attended several club and educational outings.

 

Alejandro Cortez

Rio Hondo College

Alejandro graduated from El Rancho High School and plans to study engineering in college. In high school, Alejandro was a member of the ROBOTIC club and Avid Club. He also participated in varsity golf and track and field. Alejandro was involved with the Player and Youth Development program and was an assistant golf coach for SCGA Junior. He enjoys being a mentor for younger kids and seeing them improve their golf games.

 

John Garcia

UC Santa Barbara

John is a History major at UC Santa Barbara. John works in the Biology Department at UCSB as a Storeroom Clerk. He also spends time volunteering as a Golf Teaching Assistant for the UCSB Athletics program.  John has been a member of SCGA Junior for seven years. John has volunteered as a score keeper for the ANA Inspiration and at Bel-Air Country Club for SCGA Junior Play Days.

 

Bairon Gomez

Cal Poly Pomona

Bairon is a studying Civil Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. He has been an SCGA Junior golf coach for the past two years. Besides coaching, Bairon has stayed active in SCGA Junior by participating in Game Days and the CYO Tournament at Arroyo Seco. Currently Bairon is also employed by Amazon as a Driver.

 

Natalie Gonzalez

Whittier College

Natalie studies Studio Art at Whittier College while competing on the women’s golf team. Natalie has made the dean’s list in every semester and has played in nearly every golf team event.  She was involved in several extracurricular activities including working in the athletic department at school. She is very involved in SCGA Junior and has volunteered at various events including, Girls Golf, the Foundation Cup, Swinging Bridges tournament, and the Golf-A-Thon in addition to being a coach.

 

Ami Hamada

Loyola Marymount University

Ami studies screenwriting at LMU. Her career goal is to work in the film industry. Ami has participated in club outings and educational outings through SCGA Junior. Her favorite event is the annual Golf-A-Thon because she enjoys raising money for a good cause. Ami also volunteers at LPGA-USGA Southeast LA Girls Golf Program, along with the Little Linksters Golf camp. Off the course, Ami enjoys reading fantasy novels and playing the ukulele.

 

Salvador Hinojosa

Whittier College. 2018 Duff Scholar

Sal attends Whittier College, majoring in Sociology while competing on the men’s golf team. Sal has remained active in SCGA Junior programs by participating in Play Days and volunteering with Girls Golf of Southeast LA. He plans to continue to give back to SCGA Junior by being a mentor and coach for juniors in the program. Sal has decided to attend summer school this summer and plans to graduate early.

 

Diamond Lew

Glendale Community College, 2018 Friends of Golf Scholar

Diamond graduated from North Hollywood High School where he maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career. He has received several honors and awards, including being selected by SCGA Junior to represent Jim Furyk at Nick Faldo’s Major Champions Invitational and to participate in a clinic alongside Dustin Johnson at the annual Friends of Golf event. He has been involved in SCGA Junior as a role model and mentor to beginner golfers and enjoys playing in the Play Days.  Diamond was also selected as the first recipient of the Merrins Legacy Program, earning the opportunity to receive lessons from Eddie Merrins.

 

Martin Perez

Chapman University

Martin graduated from Cypress High School and will attend Chapman University in the fall. He will study pre-pharmacy. He has been involved with SCGA Junior and has played golf for over eight years. His favorite event from SCGA Junior was the college tour of Occidental College, his first ever college tour. When he is not playing golf, Martin enjoys reading fiction novels and playing various sports such as basketball and volleyball.

 

Calista Reyes

Stanford University, 2018 COPi Cup Scholar

Calista is pursuing a B.S. Engineering- Product degree from Stanford University. She competes on the women’s golf team and twice this year posted personal best rounds on the golf course with the latest being a 67 at the Gunrock Invitational which lead to her first collegiate top 5 finish. Calista has been involved with SCGA Junior through Game days during winter breaks as well joining the recent Girls Golf Panel/Webinar through the new Virtual Programming.

 

Giovanni Sandoval

Cal State Fullerton

Gio attends Cal State Fullerton majoring in Political Science. Giovanni stays involved with SCGA Junior as a coach in the Player and Youth Development program. Besides working with SCGA Junior, Gio took an internship with Josh Newman’s campaign as well as on the staff of state senator Bob Archuleta. Gio is also working at Park Regency Retirement Center.

 

Elizabeth Wang

Harvard University, 2018 SCGA President’s Scholar

Elizabeth graduated from San Marino High School. She will attend Harvard University in the fall and compete on the women’s golf team. She plans on turning professional after receiving her degree. Elizabeth credits the SCGA Junior Golf Pass as a significant part of her success because she could play and practice on several courses at a discounted rate. She also competed in the SCGA Junior ANA Junior Inspiration and has volunteered with the Player and Youth Development program.  Besides playing golf, she enjoys reading and listening to music.

 

Class of 2021

Alyaa Abdulghany

University of Southern California, 2017 COPi Cup Scholar

Alyaa finished her first year at USC balancing her major in Business Administration and Management and competing on the USC Golf Team. Alyaa has stayed active with SCGA Junior in coming to speak at the Annual Hall of Fame dinner and competing in the Inaugural Major Champions Invitational. Alyaa stays active in her communities with her commitments on the USC golf teams and enjoys helping young golfers with their game.

 

Matthew Carungay

Loyola Marymount University, 2017 Friends of Golf Scholar

Matthew will be entering his second year at LMU this fall. He is a student athlete and majoring in Psychology. This past year, aside from his academics and collegiate career, he has become heavily involved with a campus ministry and the Filipino Club. He remains actives with SCGA Junior, travelling to the desert to speak on behalf of the program. He also has volunteered with our Player and Youth Development program at the Don Knabe Golf Center, playing and sharing his experiences with the youth.

 

Stephanie Fernandez

Cal State San Marcos, Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Stephanie studies at Cal State San Marcos while competing on the golf team and studying Communications. She has overcome a lot of challenges this past semester, but she is proud of being able to finish strong. Despite the struggles she still manages to find time to stay active with SCGA Junior as a volunteer with junior golfers.

 

 

Kristy Harada

Chapman University

Kristy is entering her final year at Chapman and has decided to major in Accounting. She is optimistic for her chosen career path and looks forward to interning with Deloitte this summer. Kristy was a member of the women’s golf team and served as Vice President of Accounting Society for 2019-2020. She was offered a full-time job at Deloitte in Audit practice for post-graduation

 

 

Jessica Hernandez

Cal Poly Pomona

Jessica is studying Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. She recently participated in NASA Student Launch Team. Despite the course load, Jessica has a part time job at Chick-Fil-A and is a volunteer at her church. She hopes to proudly represent Latina women in a field where there are not many of them. Jessica remains heavily involved with SCGA Junior by volunteering at SCGA events such as the Woman’s SoCal Clinic, Summer Series, and the Foundation Cup.

 

Nicole Misner

Waldorf University

Nikki is an Elementary Studies major with a passion for helping the developmental growth of our generation’s youth. Nikki also spent time this semester planning and working on a sensory room for the local elementary school. Nikki has been active with SCGA Junior through volunteering with the annual Summer Series program and participating in mentor Play Days.  

 

Blake Petchel

CSU Fullerton

Blake is continuing his studies at Cal State Fullerton studying Sociology while competing on the men’s golf team. He continues to have a heart for youth and passing on the knowledge he has learned from golf. He has volunteered with SCGA Junior at summer Play Days and club outings. Outside of golf Blake has also been working for PC Racing USA.

 

Jennifer Queller

University of Illinois at Springfield, 2019 Duff Scholar

Jennifer is a Biochemistry major at the University of Illinois Springfield. In 2019 Jennifer played in the NCAA DII National championship as an individual setting multiple school records in the process. Jennifer is also the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Jennifer has been volunteering at SCGA Junior through the Foundation Cup, Junior-Member play days, and the Girls Golf program. Jennifer is currently looking into Anesthesiology/ Surgical Anesthesiology programs in a few states including Southern California for after she graduates.

 

Emily Sumner

Santa Clara University

Emily studying Bioengineering at Santa Clara University with the goal of becoming a Pediatric Anesthesiologist. She is also a member of the Christian Life Community Club and will continue her competitive golf career on Santa Clara’s travel golf team after being sidelined with an injury this past year. She continues to be engaged with SCGA Junior, joining us for the SCGA Junior Summer Series and girls golf events.

 

Mark Williams

California State University, San Bernardino, 2017 SCGA President’s Scholar

Mark is studying Sociology while competing on the CSUSB men’s golf team. Mark also works in the athletics tickets department at school. Mark remains active with SCGA Junior and often travels from San Bernardino to volunteer at events such as Club Outings, Play Days, and the Foundation Cup.

 

SCGA Junior Alumni