Meet the Alumni

SCGA Junior Alumni

 

Sophia Barcelo

Gordon College

Sophia is studying Kinesiology with a Pre-Medicine concentration with aspirations of becoming an Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. Outside of class, she has been promoted at her job with the admissions office,volunteers in the Center for Balance Mobility and Wellness and participates with the campus choir. This past spring, she also went on a mission trip to Nicaragua.

 

 

Veronica Chen

Colgate University

Veronica is studying English with a minor in Political Science. She is interested in pursing a career in Journalism or Entertainment Public Relations. She is very active on campus as she is involved with the Office of Admission, Campus Safety Advisory Committee and an editor of the Colgate newspaper. She plans to work at the Seven Oaks’ Pro Shop next semester and has been accepted to participate in Colgate’s Scotland Study Group, where she will enroll as a student at the University of St. Andrews next spring.

 

 

 

Amber Christensen

Cal State Long Beach, 2016 Duff Scholar

Amber will be transferring to Cal State Long Beach this fall to continue her journey of becoming an elementary school teacher. This past semester, she interned at an elementary school where was able to see an applicable life as a future teach upon graduation. She loves sharing her golf experience with younger golfers as she regularly participates in Club Outing as a volunteer and mentor.

 

 

Andres Cuamani

Cal State Fullerton

Andres is a Spanish major at Cal State Fullerton and is passionate about helping young kids. He has his mind set on becoming a Spanish teacher to do so. Andres continues to commit his time at the Tiger Woods Learning Center as a tutor and mentor for younger students.

 

Natalia Gonzalez

UCLA

Natalia is passionate about helping her local community and credits being  involved as part of her reasoning in wanted to become an educator. She hopes to find ways to help make and impact in the local community, as she continues her internship with  56th Assembly Member, Eduardo Garcia. Natalia is thankful to the game of golf, that she is now able to use a sport she loves as a place of peace.

 

 

Stephanie Gonzalez

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

Stephanie is studying Kinesiology and aspires to become a college golf coach.  Stephanie is very active with SCGA Junior whenever she is back home from school, volunteering in Play Days and Instruction classes and she spends her summers working as a golf coach in our program at the Don Knabe Golf Center.  Learn more about Stephanie’s story here.

 

Brian Legaspi

UC Irvine

Brian is studying Pollical Science with thoughts of pursing a city planning career. Brian currently volunteers with the Buena Park Welcome Center and continues tutoring with his alma mater, Buena Park High School. Brian prides himself on giving back to his community and strives to search for ways of making his city a better one.

 

 

 

Tess Morales

Cal State Long Beach

Tess finished up her sophomore year of college this year and plans on declaring her major in Molecular Cell Biology with a minor in the German Language. She was promoted to captain on her Dragon Boat team and continues to volunteer with Bland Start of America, where she splits her time with SCGA Junior volunteering at Club Outings.

 

 

 

Marni Murez

Santa Clara University, 2016 COPi Cup Scholar

Marni transferred from Boston College this past year and even with a heavy course load as a   Neuroscience major, she had an impressive golf year with SCU and posted a 75.27 scoring average. She ranks third on the team with two top ten finishes. Marni is also involved with the Santa Clara Jewish Student Union and the Hillel of the Silicon Valley.

 

 

 

Michael Nguyen

UC Berkeley, 2016 SCGA President’s Scholar

Michael has declared a Cognitive Science major with thoughts of a Korean Language minor. Upon graduation he hopes to enter the world of business or consulting. He remains active in the UC Berkeley ROTC where is developing more as a leader.

 

 

Bailey Osborne

UCLA

Bailey is a Physiology major with a Spanish minor. Bailey credits golf as being the one constant in her life, and how the lessons taught in playing the game has guided her throughout her college life.

 

 

Robert Padilla

Marymount California

Robert will be entering his junior year at MCU this fall, 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.

 

 

Christina Park

UPenn

Christina is an Economics major with concentrations in Finance and Management all while playing on the UPenn Women’s Golf Team. She is also the VP of External Affairs with the Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity and a Committee Member with Hult Prize. After graduation Christina is interested in a career in management consulting.

 

 

Allan Sander

Cal State San Bernardino, 2016 Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Allan is finishing off his sophomore year after declaring a Computer Engineering major.  Allan is active with his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi and enjoys volunteering with SCGA Junior whenever he can. His favorite memory is getting the opportunity to play at the Los Angeles Country Club.

 

 

Steven Torres

Cal State Los Angeles, 2016 Friends of Golf Scholar

Steven is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also dedicates a lot of his time to our SCGA Junior Player and Youth Development juniors as a coach. He understands and emphasizes giving back to his community through the sport he loves playing.

 

 

Ysabel Tran

San Jose State University

After transferring from CSUN, Ysabel is majoring in Forensic Science and is a part of the Women’s golf team. She is continuing her dreams of being in the medical field and splits her time from being on the course, studying, and volunteering at the hospital. When is back home she continues to volunteer her time with SCGA Junior by participating in the Foundation Cup and assisting with Play Days.

 

Andrew Banuelos

Cal State Dominguez Hills

Andrew is majoring in Kinesiology and Physical Educations while also competing on the Cal State Dominguez Hills Men’s Golf Team. Andrew continues to be a coach in the SCGA Junior Player and Youth Development program. serving in the community he was born and raised in. He hopes to continually be a mentor to those he coaches and set an example that anything is possible. After graduation he has his mind set on playing on the Canadian Tour.

Rachel Chandler

Cal Poly SLO

Rachel was admitted to the Masters program in architectural engineering and will be graduating next year with both her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Rachel is very active in her academic life as she is part of the Structural Engineering Association of California, the Student Community Services Department and teaches Calculus with the Math Department. She was also selected to complete earthquake reconnaissance work in Mexico City as a representative of her school.

Christine Spann

California Baptist University

Christie is completing a degree in Nursing at Cal Baptist after transferring from Grand Canyon University. She is continually passionate about helping people and on her way of doing so through her chosen profession.  Christie continues to stay actively involved as a mentor and volunteer to juniors.

Michael Padilla

Marymount California University

Michael will be finishing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in just three years and has been admitted to an MBA program with eyes set on graduating next year. On top of his successes in school, he is also the number one player on the men’s golf team. Michael is an active volunteer with SCGA Junior and was awarded the SCGA Jim House Award alongside his family which recognizes an outstanding volunteer annually.

Lauren Fesler

California Lutheran University, 2015 Duff Scholar

Lauren will be graduating this upcoming year with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, with hopes of working within the golf industry. In addition to her achievements in academics and golf, Lauren is also actively participating as a Peer Advisor to incoming students at Cal Lutheran and participates as a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a coed business fraternity where she is also the VP of Professional Activities.

 

Dario Hamada

Cal State Fullerton

Dario is currently enrolled at CSU Fullerton where is declared as a Finance major while also competing on the men’s golf team. This past summer, Dario was an intern for Northwestern Mutual. Dario volunteers his time with SCGA Junior, participating in the Golf-A-Thon, the Golf Olympics, and the Foundation Cup.

Rachael Kam

Biola University

Rachael is Communication Studies and Disorders major at Biola University and has a deep passion for language and teaching children. She hopes to give back to communities where they lack the ability to communicate in the primary language. She is very active on campus serving as the Logistics Coordinator for the Student Missionary Union, an intern with the Student Enrichment and intercultural Development and on the Executive board for the national Student Speech Language Hearing Association on campus.

Jakeishya Le

UC Riverside

Jakeishya is soaring at UCR in both academics, studying Psychology, and in her collegiate golf career. She was nominated as the Female Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year this past season. She also is active with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Mustard Seed Project Club. She has a passion for children, so if going professional does not pan out she hopes to work with kids in the developmental field within the golf realm.

Nicholas Moreno

Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 SCGA President’s Scholar

Nicholas is a Finance major at CMU and a member of the Men’s Golf Team. He is active in the Tepper Undergraduate Diversity Club, Introductory Finance Society, the Spanish and Latin Student Association and the Black and Latino Business Association. He was also an investment banking intern out in Los Angeles this summer and plans to volunteer with SCGA Junior for its Annual Junior Golf-A-Thon.

Mallory Muehlbauer

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mallory will be entering her senior year at Cal Poly SLO, majoring in Business Administration while competing on the golf team. She will be interning with PwC this summer and hopes to become a CPA after graduation. Aside from and academics, Mallory is active in the Women in Business Leadership Academy where she mentors three freshmen. She finished her last  quarter with a 4.0 and hopes to be an Academic All-American for the second year in a row.

Melody Muehlbauer

UCLA

Melody’s past year as a junior at UCLA has been nothing short of exciting. As she continues her journey in Mechanical Engineering she has joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a cadet of the Women in Engineering Leadership Academy and a researcher in the Bionics Lab. This summer she plans to work as an intern on a motion capture project. Melody still volunteers with SCGA Junior at club outings. She hopes she can be a model to empowering and encouraging more young females to enter the engineering field.

Samantha Rocha

Occidental College, 2015 COPi Cup Scholar

Samantha keeps herself busy as she studies Cellular Biology, plays on the golf team, and holds leadership roles in two clubs on campus: Women and Youth Supporting Each Other and Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. This past year she continued her research on epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease where she performed brain surgery on rats. Her name will be published in a biomedical research journal in the near future. She plans to work as a Research Assistant in a lab and continuing her studies to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

Hansel Suharli

UC Berkeley

Hansel  is an Economics major and serves in the Air Force ROTC program, where he is the Program Performance Group commander. While juggling AFROTC and academics he has also joined Camp Kesem, an organization that provides a summer camp for youth whose parents were affected by cancer. He will serve as a counselor for the program this summer.

Sachi Hamada

Cal State Long Beach, Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Sachi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design while also competing for the Women’s Golf Team. When Sachi is not studying or playing golf she donates her time by volunteering at golf courses. Sachi is currently a Golf Instructor at the Los Angeles County Junior Golf and the Pro Shop Attendant at Westridge Golf Club.

Jamie Harada

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Duff Scholar

Jamie graduated with a business major with a focus in Accounting while also competing for the Women’s Golf Team.

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, Class of 2018

Natalie graduated with a Marketing degree while also on the Women’s Golf Team. Natalie is currently the Marketing Intern at Financial Partners Credit Union.

Brooke Miller

Drake University, Class of 2018

Brooke graduated with a double major in Political Relations and Political Science while also pursuing a minor in Business Studies Brooke was 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, Class of 2018

Julia graduate with a major in Language and Literature as well as German while also competing on the Women’s Golf Team.

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.

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.

Kenneth Punyasavatsut

UC Irvine, Class of 2015

Kenneth majored in Biological Science and always had his mind set on becoming a nurse and health educate communities on how to live healthy, full lives. Kenneth went on to get his Master’s in Nursing from Western University of Health Sciences. He is now working as a Registered Nurse at the Pomona Valley Hospital.

You can still see him around at SCGA Junior events where Kenneth is an active volunteer!