Felicia Chang, 15, shot 75-78 (153) to finish T8 in her first top 10 finish in the Toyota Tour Cup. The event was played Aug 2-3, 2014 at Oak Valley Golf Club, Beaumont, CA. Felicia opened the tournament with a birdie on 1 but backed it up with 4 bogies on the front nine. The back nine was more productive as she shot even par with 2 birdies and 2 bogies for a solid 75. Felicia’s final round included a double and 2 bogie’s on her front side and 2 lone bogies on the back side for her closing 78.
Felicia has been working hard on improving her game so that her scoring would match the effort she is putting into her practice’s.
Elizabeth Fung, finished in 27th place with 81-79 (160), while Andrea Han shot 89-85 (174) to finish 36th.
An observation by PGA instructor, George Pinnell, “suggested that junior’s spend more time on their short game than on ball striking. The average PGA Tour Player will hit 12 green’s per 18 hole’s. If they do not have an adequate short game they would always be scoring in the mid 70’s. Junior’s do not recognize the importance of the short game as they spend the bulk of their time working on their swing mechanic’s. Although important, it is not nearly as important as their short game. The successful player’s ARE SUCCESSFUL, because they were fortunate or coached to recognize the importance of saving par’s with the short game. If a junior would truly analyze their results, they would find the issue would be with their inability to get close enough (3 feet) with their pitch/chip shot, for an easier look at par. They will ALWAYS blame their approach shot rather than the true problem in their short game.”
At the Newport Beach Summer Championship, “Umbie” Caseres shot a +4, 33 to finish in 2nd place, one shot off the winning score of 32. Umbie is undergoing a major swing change and is super happy with his result’s. Matt Huo shot 62 and finished in a tie for 5th place. In the Girls 12-14 division, Sherilyn Villanueva finished in 2nd place, one shot off the winning score with a +4, 63.
At San Dimas, Jomar Veloso, finished in 4th place with an 81 in the Summer Championship. Jomar was super happy with his performance because he has been working hard on his game with his coach. (Jomar is a special player with special need’s that LOVE’S the game and wants to play every day).
At the SCPGA/LA County event at Mountain Meadows, Pomona, CA., Roman Aragon, finished in 8th place with 167 (83-84) while Patrick Ordonez finished in third place with a pair of 45’s (90) in the Boys 9-11 division. Leeyen Peralta finished tied for 4th with 81-82 (163) in the girls 12-14 division. Sarah Taghaboni shot 106-103 (209).
At the Lakewood Summer Shootout, Isabelle San Antonio, finished tied for 3rd with a 42 as Mitzi Duarte finished in 7th with a 50 in the Girls 9-11 division. Matt Huo won the Boys 12-13 division with a 75.
Reina Tain tied for first place in the Girls 12-14 with an 80.
Umbie Caseres, shot 36 and finished in a tie for 7th at the Heartwell summer Shootout in the Boys 9-11 division. Sherilyn Villanueva tied for first place with a +2, 56.
Katherine Muzi is playing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, this week at the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake CC. Kat lost in a playoff last year and wanted to go back to have another shot at the beautiful Lake Forest CC. (side note- Kat’s coach, George Pinnell made a hole in one on the 3rd hole, 166 yards, back in the late 70’s!)
Congratulation’s to all of the player’s and their efforts in “Growing the Game”!