GPGA Players Win SCPGA Awards as 2014 Season Arrives

Janurary 24, 2014 Congratulation’s to Katherine Muzi, Sherilyn Villanueva, Sebastian Vallejo and Ricky Cen for there SCPGA (Southern California Junior Tour) award’s!  The award’s to these outstanding young player’s is a result of their hard work and dedication to “grow their game”.  
 
2013 was a great year for the George Pinnell Golf Academy as players performed well throughout the year and won many championship’s.  Kat Muzi was close to winning the first AJGA event that she had entered before losing in a playoff at Forest Lake CC in Michigan.  Kat went on to have a super successful year.  Sebastian Vallejo was a dominant factor in the Boys 9-11 age group while Sherilyn Villaneua and Sneha performed well in the Girls 9-11 age group.  Matt Huo upped his game in 2013 and is looking forward to a great 2014 as he prepare’s to play AJGA events.  Roman “Romo” Aragon played well in the Boys 12-13 age group.  Aaron “Dewey” Chang is also working hard to improve his performance in 2014.  Leo Lu is recommitting himself to work harder and smarter in 2014.  Mylan Hirata is another youngster who is working to perform well on the Junior Tour.  Mylan and Yi Yi (Double Yi) both passed the JDL requirement to move on to the Junior Tour.  Duke Pham is looking forward to 2014 and his quest to pass the JDL requirement.  Crystal Wang is another up and coming 13 year old who will make a move on the Junior Tour in 2014.  Felicia “Fish” Chang is continuing her effort to qualify for the Toyota Tour Cup Series.  Felicia has committed herself to a work ethic that will improve her chance’s of being a successful junior player.
 
The Lu sister’s who played at Diamond Bar HS are both enjoying collegiate golf, Jessica at Cobelskill State University of New York and Jackie at the prestigious Wellesley College.  
 
Lalita Patipaksiri is coming off wrist surgery that ended her season at the 2013 LPGA Qualifying School.  Lalita is going through therapy to get her wrist ready to get back out on the Symetra Tour with her former teammate from University of California, Irvine, Joy Trotter.  Joy is looking forward to 2014 with a renewed commitment to working harder (8-10 hour’s per day) to achieve her dream of playing LPGA Tour golf.
 
Jay Choi, who has established himself on the Japan Golf Tour (one of the 5 Major Tour’s in the world), is starting the 2014 season as a married man!  Jay and Hyun Ji Kim, married on January 11, 2014.  Jay is coming off a season that was not as successful as his previous 3 years where he finished inside the top 30 on the money list with 18th being his highest finish.  Jay was hampered with lower back issue’s that slowed him down in the second half of the 2013 season.  Jay has commited to getting his body into shape to prevent future injury and allow him to perform at the highest level’s to extend his career.  Jay has been working out with the renowned, Tom House and Charlie Nootbar at USC.  Tom has a Phd in bio-mechanics and was a successful pitcher for the Houston Astro’s.  He was the Texas Ranger’s pitching coach for many year’s.  
 
Jay will be making his home in Albuquerque, NM, with Hyun Ji while maintaining another home in Southern California to be with his parent’s and closer to his coach, George Pinnell.
 
Rory Hie, is continuing to play well on the Asian and OneAsia Tour and is looking forward to improve on his 2013 year.  
 
2014 looks to be a great year for golf and for sure, all of the player’s at the George Pinnell Golf Academy!  Good luck to all!