Success Stories

Countdown: 10 Best Moments of SCGA Junior in 2017

SCGA Junior has had a lot of awesome moments in 2017, but only ten have made our list. Check it out and let us know your top ten moments with us!

10. Launch of SCGA Junior’s College Prep Program

The four-week summer program, which costs participants just $20, provided hands-on college preparation many of these kids wouldn’t have otherwise received. Read more here

9. SCGA Junior members played alongside Amateur Champions and collegiate golfers at Don Knabe GC

This summer, SCGA Junior teamed up with USGA and LA County for a hosted Play 9 Day at Don Knabe Golf Center & Junior Academy in Norwalk.

8. SCGA Junior’s Equipment Program fitted over 80 kids

How fitting! SCGA Junior’s equipment program helped ensure kids had properly fitted clubs and provided opportunities to purchase clubs at a discounted rate.

7. SCGA Junior as the beneficiary of 2017 USGA Championships in Southern California

SCGA Junior were beneficiaries of The Walker Cup (hosted by the Los Angeles CC) and US Women’s Amateur (hosted by San Diego CC). Both clubs have generously donated to reach underserved youth within the SCGA Junior program.

6. When SCGA Scholar Alyaa Abdulghany’s team won the 2017 US Junior Solheim Cup 

Check out our success story on Alyaa Abdulghany here.

5. U.S. Champ Dustin Johnson’s meet and greet with SCGA Junior Recipients of the Merrins Legacy Program

Two siblings from SCGA Junior, Jasmine and Diamond Lew, received the opportunity to meet Dustin Jonson and receive swing tips! The Lews were selected earlier this year as the first participants in the Merrins Legacy Program, a program developed in conjunction with legendary golf instructor and SCGA Hall of Famer Merrins to help young, talented golfer prepare themselves for the next level of the game. Check out the story here.

4. Former SCGA Junior Andrea Lee wins Women’s SoCal Amateur 

Former SCGA Junior Scholar Andrea Lee servers as the Women’s SoCal Amateur Champion for the second time. She was also featured on the cover of FORE Magazine, print publication of the SCGA. Check out her win here.

3. Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay speaks at the 2017 SCGA Junior Annual Golf Tournament

Celebrity Caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay meets the Junior team and has a fireside chat with SCGA Junior Board Member Ed Holmes.

2. Grand Opening of Don Knabe GC

Since the grand opening of Don Knabe Golf Center & Junior Academy in Norwalk, on June 28, SCGA Junior has hosted more than 200 kids at various educational and golf events.

1. SCGA Junior Anthony Chung scores TWO hole-in-ones in a 9-hole round

Odds of someone making a hole-in-one are extremely low, let alone doing it twice! Check out Anthony’s Q&A on his success here.

Off To College!

Remember your first college visit? On a beautiful, sprawling campus filled with endless hopes and dreams? It’s with that nostalgia in mind that we offered a unique opportunity to our high school aged juniors, with an emphasis on golf, of course. SCGA Junior members...

Learning To Compete

Riding on the success of the Learn to Compete instruction classes, a new opportunity has been created for our juniors to grow their games. Beginning in 2018, SCGA Junior will launch a tournament series focused on providing a platform for junior golfers to gain...

Making College Prep A Reality

It's 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night and a dozen kids are strolling into the Don Knabe Golf Center & Junior Academy. They range in age from 13 to 17, and none are carrying golf clubs. A few instead have notebooks and laptops. They are arriving at the newly redesigned...

Teeing Up Mentorships

The road to success is rarely lonely. Mentors serve as a guiding force along the path to achieving goals and fulfilling dreams. Recently, SCGA Junior held a special Play Day, one that jumpstarted mentorships for years to come. Held at TPC Valencia, this outing was...

Inspired From Within

You never know what life experience will strike a chord with a junior. What program or person will get them excited about their future, and a potential career? For Brooke Miller, an SCGA Junior scholar from Chino Hills, her experience growing up with SCGA Junior...

Learning To Compete

When school gets let out, we begin to dive in. Every summer for the past five years, SCGA Junior has supported teams wanting to participate in the San Gabriel Valley Junior Golf Summer League. This year is no different, as SCGA Junior compiled two teams of juniors...

An Afternoon With World No. 1

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Meet the person in the world who’s best at what you want to do with your life. For Jasmine and Diamond Lew, two teenagers from SCGA Junior, they received that opportunity last week, when the two aspiring professional golfers spent...

An Augusta Dream

With the perfectly manicured Augusta National grass beneath his feet, SCGA Junior member Evan Chien graced the same lush fairways as Woods, Nicklaus and Palmer with adolescent exuberance. Evan had found heaven on earth. His introduction to life inside the ropes came...

The Reluctant Dreamer

Some are afforded once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Others earn them. A few years back, Phillip Ortiz was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the forecast was not bright. That’s when Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to the Ortiz family in hopes of bringing some...

On A Mission To Serve

Some of you may remember one of our junior scholars with a big dream. Featured as an SCGA Hero in the Jul./Aug. 2012 issue of FORE magazine, we are thrilled to say Kenny Punyasavatsut is the same go-getter he’s always been, working diligently to achieve his dreams and...

Ol’ Reliable

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr. If we had the ability to clone an ideal volunteer, Giovanni Sandoval’s DNA would be requested for study. His willingness to lend a hand separates himself from...

Challenge Accepted!

One day while practicing, SCGA Junior member Sal Hinojosa was closely watched by an influential member of his community – the Mayor of Pico Rivera. After a minute of observation, Mayor David Armenta become enamored by 15-year-old Sal and his skills on the course, who...

A Coach Who’s Worn A Few Different Hats

Civil Rights activist, ground-breaking speed skater, Olympics-worthy track star, Vietnam Veteran and Wall Street trader are just a few of the bullet points on this man’s resume. Trevor Banton, SCGA Junior’s newest coach in its instruction program, has been around the...