15 year old, Felicia Chang won first place in the Toyota Tour Cup Desert Princess Qualifier played at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club. Felicia shot a +5, 77 to secure a spot in the Toyota Tour Cup event at Desert Princess CC, Cathedral City, CA. on May 17-18, 2014.
Felicia has been working hard on her game and according to her coach, George Pinnell, has become a pretty good ball striker. Pinnell said, “Felicia need’s to continue to improve her short game skill set and especially work on her mental game and course management. Player’s need to understand that the course architect designed the on each hole to maximize the scoring opportunity.”
Felicia is currently in 5th place for Spring Player of the Year point’s race. The top 5 will get exempted into Toyota Tour Cup event’s for two year’s. Sunday’s victory should help Felicia achieve that goal.
In action at Meadowlark Golf Club, Huntington Beach, CA., Jomar Veloso, shot a 95 and placed 18th in the Boys 12-13 division. Jomar’s accomplishments are even more meaningful because the youngster from Woodland Hills, CA., has autism. Jomar has a love for the game and works very hard with his coach, George Pinnell, to improve his performance. Pinnell, said, “it is a privilege to work with Jomar. He is an inspiration to me and his love of the game provides an important element for him to enjoy his life.”
Matthew Huo, won the Boys 12-13 division with a birdie on the 2nd playoff hole at the Empire Lakes Spring Championship. Matthew shot a 74 and edged E Wu and D lin for the win. Matthew has shown steady improvement with two “personal best” scores in the month of April. Patrick Ordonez, shot a 45 and finished in a tie for 12th place in the Boys 9-11 division. Roman Aragon tied for 9th place in the Boys 14-15 division with an 82 while Aaron Chang finished in 15th place.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Felicia Chang shot 82 and placed 6th while Sherilyn Villanueva shot 49 and tied for 7th in the Girls 9-11 division.
At the El Prado Spring Classic, Mylan Hirata finished in 14th place.
In U.S. Kids action at Rio Hondo Golf Club, Downy, CA, Ryan Toh an 8 year old from Hacienda Heights, CA, shot a personal best 45 to finish in a tie for 5th place.
Congratulations to all of the players and families who give their time and effort in participating in the junior events.
Patrick Ordonez, finished tied for 3rd with a 41 in the Boys 9-11 division at the Golf Academy of America Spring Classic at Skylinks Golf Course, Long Beach, CA.