The field is set for the seventh annual SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship and the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation and it’s programs have had a stunning impact on those competing. Of the 72 ladies who will be teeing it up at Mesa Verde CC on June 28-29, a whopping 52 have ties to SCGA Junior programs.
Their involvement falls across the board, including former and current Golf Pass members, individuals from the Player & Youth Development (PYD) program, college scholars, program coaches and even donors. Here are some of SCGA Junior’s standout ladies who will be contending for the crown:
Claire Cornejo – Involvement: PYD Coach
Cornejo is a coach in SCGA Junior’s San Fernando Valley Player & Youth Development community. As a coach, Cornejo is a role model for juniors and teaches them valuable life skills, and of course all her tips and tricks for swinging a club. In addition to coaching for SCGA Junior she also competes on the golf team at Cal Lutheran University.
Samarah Joshiakar – Involvement: Current PYD Member
At just 12 years old, Joshiakar is one of the youngest players in the field. Joshiakar is a member of the Southeast LA Player & Youth Development community where she frequently competes in tournaments and other competitive opportunities. She is looking to make a splash in her SCGA Women’s Amateur debut.
Jasmine Lew – Involvement: SCGA Foundation Scholar
After finishing 25th in the 2020 SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship, Lew is looking to rise in the ranks this year. Lew attends UC Berkeley, where she competes on the golf team. Lew is the Foundation’s Deb Long Scholar, given annually to a scholar who is not only passionate about her own game, but also women’s golf, in memory of long-time SCGA staff member and advocate for women’s golf Deb Long.
Ashleigh Park – Involvement: SCGA Foundation Scholar
Park, also a Deb Long Scholar, attends the University of Texas, where she competes on the golf team. Park is a long-time volunteer with the Foundation and frequently attends LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Southeast LA events where she enjoys mentoring younger girls. Park has played in two previous SCGA Women’s Amateur Championships, but is looking to make her first finish inside the top 10.
Calista Reyes – Involvement: SCGA Foundation Scholar
Playing in her fourth SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship, Reyes is looking to earn her best finish yet, ahead of her previous best of ninth in 2018. The SCGA Foundation Scholar competes on the golf team at Stanford and regularly makes time to give back to SCGA Junior programs, especially through SCGA Junior’s LPGA*USGA Girls Golf chapters.
More information about the seventh annual SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship, pairings and live scoring can be viewed here.