Meet the Scholars

2014 SCGA Youth on Course Scholars

SCGA Youth on Course Scholarship Program is designed to help youth continue their education in college or vocational school. This year, $126,000 will be distributed to 37 students for tuition, room and board, and educational supplies.

Meet the 2014 Scholars

Travis Caldwell

2014, Santiago Canyon College

Travis is attending Santiago Canyon College in the fall, where he hopes to join the golf team and plans to study art. Travis first got involved in golf through the Tiger Woods Learning Center in 2009 and then became a member of Youth on Course. He has volunteered at the Oak Canyon Nature Center every summer since he was 13, accumulating more than 500 community service hours.

"I am appreciative of the investment that SCGA is making in my academic success," says Travis.

Rachel Chandler

2014, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Rachel is a proud graduate of Mater Dei High School, where she maintained a 4.1 GPA. She has participated in the athletics program, art department, student government and marketing team on her school's campus. As she developed as a student throughout the past four years, she also grew as a golfer. Being a golfer has made her appreciate and have patience with life's challenges. Rachel is planning on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in architectural engineering with a minor in studio art.

Alvaro Gonzalez

2014, Golden West College

Alvaro will attend Golden West College to study criminal justice for a future career in law enforcement. He looks to use the experience he had with Youth on Course and the Tiger Woods Learning Center to mentor younger students with a passion for the game of golf.

“Youth of Course has provided me with some of the best and most influential experiences of my life,” said Alvaro, who has been a Youth on Course member since 2010.

Jamie Harada

2014, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jamie will head off to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall where she will play Division I golf on a scholarship and major in business finance. Her proudest accomplishments have been leading her Mater Dei High School golf team to two consecutive CIF titles in her junior and senior year. Jamie was also invited to participate in the 2014 KNC Champions Junior Challenge with Nancy Lopez as her mentor. She hopes to continually improve her skills in order to one day play professionally. Utilizing her business degree, Jamie also looks to open her own golf clinic for young golfers and mentor those just learning how to play.

Georgia Lacey

2014, San Diego State University

Georgia will attend San Diego State University in the fall on a golf scholarship. She currently holds a +3.4 Handicap Index, which helped lead her high school golf team at Torrey Pines to both the 2013 CIF and state championships. Georgia was able to manage her time efficiently while in high school, playing golf, working for her father’s auto business and also caring for her mother, who has Multiple Sclerosis.

“I was able to practice more often, which has definitely improved my game and kept me on track to achieve my long term goals because of the Youth on Course discounted rates,” says Georgia, who was able to utilize the Youth on Course golf pass more than 200 times.

Nicholas Medeiros

2014, Mount San Jacinto College

Nicholas plans on attending Mount San Jacinto College where he will major in business. At West Valley High School, he served as the team captain for his golf team. Nicholas volunteers his time helping the Golden Era Community Golf Course with course maintenance along with catering holiday banquets at the Seven Hills Senior Community and Elks Senior Club.

“SCGA Youth on Course has made me more responsible as an individual, as well as a golfer,” says Nicholas, who has been a Youth on Course member for four years.

Natalie Mattison

2014, UC Riverside

Natalie plans to attend UC Riverside where she'll study business and sports management while playing on the golf team. After playing on the boy's golf team at Calvary Chapel Private School, she helped form the first girl's golf team, where she earned all-league honors and scholar athlete of the year her senior year. Natalie volunteers her time at the Navy Golf Course and helps with clinics for Wounded Warriors, veterans and the visually impaired. Outside of golf, she is working on earning her Gold Award for Girl Scouts, which is the highest award an individual can receive in the organization. Her project combines her love of golf with ways to combat obesity.

Brooke Miller

2014, Drake University

Brooke earned scholarships for golf and academics to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked on her high school newspaper for the past three years while lettering on the girls varsity golf team all four years. Brooke is excited to mentor young golfers and pass along the values she learned while playing golf.

“I’ve learned how to enjoy the good rounds and build character during the bad rounds. Golf has made me think about not only what I want to do in the sport, but what kind of person I want to be every day.”

Caitlin Milton

2014, Mount San Jacinto College

Caitlin looks forward to attending Mount San Jacinto College with hopes to transfer to the University of South Carolina in the future. She is involved in Job’s Daughters International, an organization that promotes leadership for girls where she conducted meetings, planned and orchestrated youth dances and fundraisers while also volunteering at monthly dinners at the Mason Family Center in Hemet. Caitlin has been with Grandfathers for Golf since 2010 and will become a staff member for the next two years.

Garret Moyer

2014, Mount San Jacinto College

Garret will attend Mount San Jacinto College where he will study business administration and compete on the golf team. He was a member of the Hemet High School’s Varsity Golf program since he was a freshman and won two league championships. Garret was voted team captain at Grandfathers for Golf and received the President’s Award for leadership and character.

“Through Youth on Course I have learned many things about golf, including the rules and proper etiquette on and off the golf course,” says Garret, who has been a member of Youth on Course since the 8th grade.

Julia Sander

2014, UC Riverside

Besides speaking German fluently, maintaining a Handicap Index of 2.3, participating in the California Scholarship Federation, German Honors Society and mock trial competitions, Julia will also be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York in the spring of 2014 with her high school band. She will attend join the golf team at UC Riverside while majoring in economics and German language.

“I’ve had a lot of fun participating in junior tournaments and I was fortunate to have the unique opportunity to play on some very prestigious courses," says Julia. "Youth on Course made it possible for me to play golf on a manageable budget.”

Christie Spann

2014, Grand Canyon University

Christie has a curiosity for all things biological, stating that "the human body’s structure and function on a molecular and holistic level is completely brilliant and fascinating.” She served as captain of the varsity golf team at Chino Hills High School, was the treasurer of the St. Jude Club and team manager of the shot put and discus club. As a member of the golf team, she was recognized as Sierra All League First Team and Academic Athlete in both 2013 and 2014. Christie has volunteered countless hours to the Calvary Chapel Church, Chino Valley Medical Center and the St. Jude Research Center. She'll attend Grand Canyon University in the fall.

Kailee Ward

2014, Waldorf College

Kailee will join the golf team at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa this fall. She was a member of the San Jacinto golf team for four years, earning team MVP three times, and is currently assisting the varsity golf coach at San Jacinto Valley Academy. Outside of golf, Kailee has been a part of the official California outdoor play, the Ramona Pageant, for ten years.

“I am passionate about golf and determined to reach my future career of being a Speech Pathologist to serve children and adults,” says Kailee.


Meet the 2014 Returning Scholars

Reece Akana

Sophomore, Harvard University

Reece is taking his talents to Harvard University, where he will be studying Pre-Med and continuing his love for music. Reece created the “Composing Music for Kids with Cancer” program at Rady’s Children’s Hospital where he meets children, composes an original song with lyrics and surprises them with a CD of the collection. On the course, Reece was captain of his high school team and won the South Bay League Championship twice. “I realized that golfing helped my confidence grow stronger.”

Jorgeo Catolico

Junior, UC San Diego, SCGA Presidents Scholar

Jorgeo plans to major in Electrical Engineering and join the golf team in his sophomore year. Jorgeo is an active member of the Pro Kids Academy in San Diego as well as being an active Youth on Course participant. “I had already been playing golf for a long time, prior to the Youth on Course program. However, thanks to the program, I was able to play more golf and improve my game. I cannot thank SCGA Youth on Course enough.”

Desiree Dominguez

Senior, California State University, Fullerton

Desi will be transferring to Cal State Fullerton in the fall where she will be majoring in Criminal Justice. Desi was introduced to golf through the Tiger Woods Learning Center her freshman year of high school. She feels that golf has taught her many things including patience, self-improvement, manners and discipline. An active volunteer with SCGA Youth on Course, Desi says, “Volunteering is one of the best things a person can do in life.” Desi has now started to work at the Pico Rivera Golf Course helping with the new Youth on Course instruction program there.

Sharon Don

Senior, California State University, Fullerton

Sharon is majoring in Advertising and enjoys writing, acting and graphic design. She wants to pursue a career as a creative director. As a past participant and current volunteer for the Tiger Woods Learning Center, she credits TWLC for “fueling her interests.” By getting involved in the Computer Clubhouse, she has built her skills in graphic designing. In addition to working with the Tiger Woods Learning Center and volunteering at the SCGA and Friendship Circle, Sharon completed her first 5K this year while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA and earning Honorable Mention for her commercial entry in the “Why Soda Sucks” campaign.

Carolane Gariepy

Sophomore, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

Upon graduating from Vista Murrieta High School, Carolane will head to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to join the women’s golf team and study mechanical engineering. Her goal is “to create something that makes an impact on the world." Carolane was one of 30 junior female golfers to play in the Kraft Nabisco Legends Junior Challenge, where she was competing for the final amateur spot in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She finished her high school career with a CIF Championship victory in the team event. She reflects, “I learned how competition and countless hours at practice with determination drives towards success as obstacles are only temporary.” She helps her community with these obstacles by volunteering as the chairman for the Vista Murrieta High School Blood Drive.

Wally Gonzalez

Senior, University of Hartford, Livingston Foundation Scholar

Wally is majoring in Business Management while also playing for the Hartford Hawks golf team. He competed in 11 tournaments as a freshman and placed third in the Connecticut Cup Tournament in October. In addition to school and golf, he volunteered with the First Tee of Connecticut to teach kids about the game he loves and the life skills that it can teach. He hopes that after graduation he can open his own golf business. He said, “I want to do this because I want to be close to the game of golf, which I am so passionate about.”

Kari Gordon

Sophomore, University of Redlands

Kari is the organizer of Lunches with Love events for Key Club at Mira Costa High School and says, “I feel that I have a purpose in life; I know I can make a difference for a future generation.” At the University of Redlands, she will play on the women’s golf team while obtaining a degree in Liberal Arts. Kari credits her strength in public speaking to the VAULT program events she was a part of. “Five years later, after a few public speeches and some end of the day reflections, I feel much more confident about presenting myself in front of a large crowd.”

Raquel Gordon

Sophomore, University of Redlands

After being introduced to SCGA Youth on Course through The First Tee program, Raquel was asked to be one of the founding members of the VAULT program. She has represented Youth on Course at many events, including the annual summer kickoff where she spoke about her involvement in the VAULT program to other junior golfers and parents. Raquel, along with her twin sister Kari, will play on the women’s golf team at University of Redlands. As a four-year scholar athlete, Raquel plans to combine those passions by representing her school on the golf team while earning her teaching credentials.

Sachi Hamada

Sophomore, California State University, Long Beach

Sachi will be studying Graphic Design while playing on the 49ers women’s golf team this coming fall. She hopes her passion for graphic design will lead her to creating her own golf clothing company or be able to join a company like Nike or Adidas. Her golf career began at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in 2006 and she became one of the first VAULT members. Sachi has been heavily involved in Youth on Course events for many years, including playing in the annual Golf Marathon. “After signing up for the program my hours of golf practice hit an all-time high and my game was flourishing with the help of YoC.” Sachi hopes to give back to her community after college and coach junior golfers.

Ryan Herd

Senior, California State University, Northridge

Ryan is graduating from Cypress College with an Associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and will be transferring to Cal State Northridge in the fall. Ryan has volunteered in many of the SCGA events such as the fundraiser at Wilshire Country Club and kickoff at Pico Rivera Golf Course. He explained about his involvement in golf and SCGA Youth on Course that, “it has taught me how to take all my potential for the game and use it in good ways.”

Victor Jackson Jr.

Junior, Morehouse College

Victor will major in Biology/PreMed and has hopes to play on the golf team. As a member of the First Tee of South Los Angeles, he has worked as a volunteer instructor, using the skills he learned as a three-time varsity golf captain at his high school. He also served as the President of the Young Black Scholars Leadership Council, where he organizes and leads YBS workshops. Having participated in SCGA Youth on Course events such as VAULT Play Days, he explained that, “being involved with the SCGA has made me a better person and golfer, both on and off the course.”

Ezequiel Jauregui

Junior, UC San Diego

Ezequiel is attending University of California, San Diego, where he plans to major in neuroscience and physiology with the intention of attending graduate school. He has been a member of the Tiger Woods Learning Center for the past five years and, even though he joined initially because of his golf interest, it has become so much more to him. “The center quickly became my second home, a place where I learned more about myself and could explore different career paths through hands-on activities.” He has also been very active with the SCGA Foundation and told us that “the Foundation has prepared me both academically and individually to plan ahead and accomplish my goals.”

Savannah Knox

Sophomore, California State University, Long Beach

Savannah will join fellow first-time scholar recipient Sachi Hamada at CSULB to play on the women’s golf team. She will study business and hopes to own her own company one day. After knee surgery in 2010, Savannah came back stronger than ever by defending her title as Eastern League Player of the Year, competing in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open and winning three junior golf tournaments the next summer. Savannah notes, “Golf, to me, had been a sport. The First Tee and SCGA Youth on Course introduced character to the game.”

Grisel Medina

Senior, Chapman University

Livingston Foundation Scholar: Grisel is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis on counseling and minoring in Spanish. She says in her career statement that she “intends to dedicate myself in my career where I am able to benefit my surrounding community. I will work myself up and dedicate my time to be a psychologist and apply it to my everyday life, where I can also learn from others.” In the fall of 2013, Grisel is going to be studying abroad in Seville, Spain where she will be applying for an internship abroad as well as volunteering through many opportunities that the Spanish Studies Abroad has to offer. Grisel, who says she is a beginner in golf, is “aware of the traits that the game can build within me and it involves a lot of focus." In addition to her volunteer work with SCGA Youth on Course, she has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim as a mentor.

Madilena Mendiola

Senior, Mount Holyoke College

During the fall semester, Madilena completed on Mount Holyoke College’s golf team where she earned Liberty League Player of the week four times while being co-captain. Outside of golf she was the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and she has joined the research group headed by Janice Hudgings, Chair of the Physics Department. She had declared her major as a Physic major and a philosophy minor. In regard to her future after graduation, she stated that, “I want to pursue a career in which I can contribute to the improvement of human life.” She was an active member of Pro Kids Golf from 2004 until 2011, where, in 2009, she was recognized as the All-Academic Athlete of the Year.

Eduardo Muñoz

Senior, Allegheny College

Eduardo has studied abroad in Germany during fall 2012 where his entire curriculum was focused solely on the mastery of the German Language as well as German culture, modern history, art history, and politics. He is glad to be back taking science classes again and pursing his major in Biology. He is planning on taking the MCAT at the end of his third year in college and is going to enroll in Medical School after graduating. “I want to continue my pure love of science by continuing research in the manner I am doing so now and pursue other projects with other labs through these internships and hopefully the joint M.D./Ph.D. program.” Eduardo is a research assistant and volunteers regularly at the Meadville Medical Center through a program called the Patient Advocacy Program.

Torrey Muñoz

Sophomore, Palomar College

Torrey plans to major in geography, with a goal to work for the CIA. One of Torrey’s true loves in life is giving back to his community by volunteering his time with Key Club and Build a Miracle. He has participated in house building trips to Tijuana almost every month for the last year and a half. A noteworthy accomplishment of Torrey’s was when he rode his bike from Yuma, Arizona to the Pacific Ocean in six days while he was on spring break in fifth grade.

Sathya Peri

Sophomore, Bentley University

As one of the most active users of the Youth on Course Golf Pass, Sathya has been able to grow within the game of golf and had the opportunity to play exclusive courses such as Bel-Air CC and The Los Angeles CC through the VAULT program. He will play on the golf team at Bentley University in Mass. this fall while studying entrepreneurship and finance. He hopes to use his degree to continue to “nurture his passion for becoming a world-renowned financial manager in order to help others achieve their own goals.” Sathya is constantly nurturing these interests by trading stocks and developing innovating products to advance modern society.

Elise Polk

Junior, UCLA

Elise is attending UCLA where she is majoring in Biology. Having overcome many obstacles in her life, she earned a 4.22 GPA in high school while also building an impressive golf resume. She competed all four years while earning team MVP honors four times, team captain twice and first team all-conference honors three times. A member of the Pro Kids Academy in San Diego, she was introduced to the game of golf in 2005 at a camp held at their facility. She has continued to be a fixture at the facility, volunteering every Friday to help with homework as well as golf.

Eduardo Rivas

Senior, Lewis & Clark College

Eduardo is currently a double major, studying Psychology and Hispanic Studies. When asked about his future, he replied that he “hopes that throughout his years in college, he will grow to become a better leader, learner and thinker and apply what he learns to the goal of helping other people in need." Rivas has had an impact in his community through his many volunteer roles and says, “I care about my community because I feel comfortable living here, and I want to make a change so it can be a better place." Eduardo dedicates a lot of his time to a club called MOSAIC which stands for Multicultural Organization Seeking an Inclusive Community.

Said Shaba

Sophomore, UC Berkeley

Said will graduate from Crawford High School in San Diego this June and plans to study political science at Cal. Politics has long been a part of his life as Said has been actively involved in Crawford’s ASB holding. His goal is to make a difference in the world and give back to his community. “I want my pursuit of the highest forms of education to benefit the people around me.” Said has been actively involved in reviving school programs and initiatives to better his classmates’ high school experience.

Alec Spencer

Sophomore, University of La Verne

Alec will head off to University of La Verne this coming fall where he plans to study business and play on the golf team. He had an impressive high school golf career where he was nominated for Male Athlete of the Year three times. Alec will look to make an immediate impact for the La Verne Leopards. His dedication to the game expands off the course as well, where he has been director of the Terry Spencer Golf Memorial tournament since 2011. He attributes Youth on Course for helping him respect the course and the game that he is fortunate to play.

Titus Wu

Senior, USC

Titus has completed two years at Cypress College and transferred to USC in the spring of 2013 to study Business. He has been involved with the Tiger Woods Learning Center for four years and volunteers there to help students with homework and academic support. He was also a volunteer for this year’s Junior Blind Golf Clinic. Wu says this about golf: “In life, there are always obstacles blocking you from attaining your goals, and in golf, there is always a bunker before you reach the hole. You have to persevere through the obstacle and hope you can get the ball into the hole.”

Eugene Yang

Sophomore, UC Berkeley

Eugene will attend Cal with the goal of ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree in Finance and one day be a CFO of a company. Eugene joined Pro Kids when he was in seventh grade and volunteered his time ever since. “Having the chance to interact with these kids has given me the satisfaction, knowing our future generations are in good hands.” He credits Youth on Course for allowing him to grow his skills within the game of golf and reinforcing the values that have made him the young man he is today.