Meet the Scholars

The SCGA Junior Scholarship Program is designed to help youth continue their education in college or vocational school. This year, $175,000 will be distributed to 53 students for tuition, room and board, and educational supplies.

 

Class of 2022

Dana Bryant

UC Santa Cruz

Dana graduated from Valley Christian High School this year. She plans to study biology and play on the women’s golf team at UC Santa Cruz. Dana was an all-around athlete in high school, competing on the golf, soccer, and track and field teams. She has stayed involved with SCGA Junior by participating in Play Days and educational outings.

 

Darla Christensen

San Diego State University

Darla graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She will attend San Diego State University in the fall and study 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. She has been involved with SCGA Junior for six 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 graduated from Schurr High School. He will attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall and study Business Management. He has volunteered his time as a Pi Club Tutor in Math and Writing and was an assistant to Coach Justin of SCGA. John has been a member of SCGA Junior for seven years. His favorite activity through SCGA Junior was the opportunity to play at Bel-Air Country club through one of the Play Days.

 

Bairon Gomez

LA Trade Tech

Bairon is a studying Civil Engineering at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He has been an SCGA Junior golf coach for the past two years through the UP2US program. He has been a valuable mentor for junior golfers. Besides coaching, Bairon has stayed active in SCGA Junior by participating in Game Days and Practice Days.

 

Natalie Gonzalez

Whittier College

Natalie graduated from Santa Fe High School. She is planning to attend Whittier College and compete on the women’s golf team. She was involved in several extracurricular activities including being a member of Student Government, Black and Gold Nation, and was a Link Crew Leader. She is very involved in SCGA Junior and is annual one of the top fundraisers for the annual Golf-A-Thon event.

 

Ami Hamada

Loyola Marymount College

Ami graduated from Troy High School and plans to study 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 at Heartwell Golf Course because she enjoys raising money for a good cause. When she is not on the golf course, Ami enjoys reading fantasy novels and playing the ukulele.

 

Salvador Hinojasa

Whittier College

Sal graduated from Downey High School. He plans to study criminal justice at Whittier College while competing on the men’s golf team. His career goal is to work in law enforcement to help protect people in his community. Sal has remained active in SCGA Junior programs by participating in Play Days and was selected to participate in the annual Friends of Golf clinic alongside Bryson DeChambeau. He plans to continue to give back to SCGA Junior by being a mentor and coach for juniors in the program.

 

Diamond Lew

UC Santa Barbara

Diamond graduated from North Hollywood High School and will attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall. 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.

 

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.

 

April Ranches

San Diego State University

April graduated from Serra High School where she was the was team captain of the boys’ varsity golf team.  She will be attending San Diego State University where she plans to study accounting while competing on the women’s golf team. Her goal is to become a professional golfer. Through the SCGA Junior Golf Pass program, April was able to play various courses at a discounted rate which allowed her the opportunity to work on her game.

 

Calista Reyes

Stanford University

Calista graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School. She will be attending Stanford University in the fall and will compete on the women’s golf team. She plans on pursuing a degree in Management Science and Engineering. Calista has been involved with SCGA Junior for five years. Her favorite event was SCGA Junior’s ANA Junior Inspiration because she played alongside LPGA legend Betsy King. She volunteers in her community through First Tee of San Diego and helps the SCGA Junior program as a mentor for beginner golfers.

 

Giovanni Sandoval

Cal State Fullerton

Gio graduated from St. Paul High School and will attend Cal State Fullerton in the fall. Giovanni stays involved with SCGA Junior as a coach in the Player and Youth Development program. Besides volunteering for SCGA Junior, Gio was involved with campus ministry and the Red Cross Club at his school. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading Shakespeare, hiking, and playing the guitar or piano.

 

Elizabeth Wang

Harvard University

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

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

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

Stephanie is adjusting to life at Cal State San Marcos while competing on the golf team and studying Communication, on top of commuting to school every day. She has overcome a lot of challenges this past semester, but she says she was able to learn more about herself and the person she strives to be. Despite the struggles she still manages to find time to stay active with SCGA Junior by volunteering at Play Days and the Annual Foundation Cup.

 

Jessica Hernandez

Cal Poly Pomona

Jessica is studying Aerospace Engineering with a dream of working at SpaceX or NASA. 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. Nicole also competes on the golf team where she led her team at the conference as the low scorer and tying for sixth place individually while having three top 10 finishes this fall season. Nikki is active in two clubs: Paranormal Society club and the Education club where both organizations deal with becoming mentors to the youth in the surrounding communities.

 

Blake Petchel

Cal State Fullerton

Blake is headed towards Cal State Fullerton after transferring from Mt. San Jacinto College. He will continue his golf career with the Titans while studying business. He continues to have a heart for youth and passing on the knowledge he has learned from golf. When Blake is not on the golf course he enjoys racing motocross and playing soccer.

 

Jennifer Queller

University of Illinois at Springfield

Jennifer is a Chemistry major with a Pre-Med concentration, where she plans to pursue a career in Pharmaceuticals. When time permits, on top of her academics and her golf life she participates in the Pre-Medical Health Organization where students with premedical backgrounds shadow and assist at local hospitals in the Springfield area. She is loving the coziness of a small college campus and credits her part time job at Starbucks in helping her get integrated into a school and community so far from home.

 

Emily Sumner

Santa Clara University

Emily has enjoyed her first year at Santa Clara University. She is studying Bioengineering with the goal of becoming a Pediatric Anesthesiologist. She joined the Christian Life Community Club and continues her competitive golf career on Santa Clara’s travel golf team. She continues to be engaged with SCGA Junior, joining us for the annual Golf-A-Thon, Foundation Cup and Club Outings.

 

Mark Williams

California State University, San Bernardino

Mark is studying Sociology where he hopes to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. He is also on the CSUSB golf team. Mark remains active with SCGA Junior and often travels from San Bernardino to volunteer at events such as Club Outings, College Tours, and the Foundation Cup.

 

Class of 2020

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Kristy Harada

Chapman University

Kristy has finished up her sophomore year at Chapman and has decided  to major in Accounting.She is optimistic for her chosen career path and is planning to intern with a Big Four firm this summer. Kristy is a members of the women’s golf team and led a campus tour of her school for SCGA Junior members.

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Class of 2019

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

SCGA Junior Alumni