Meet the Scholars

2015 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, $136,000 will be distributed to 37 students for tuition, room and board, and educational supplies.

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

Sharon Don, California State University, Fullerton
Desiree Dominguez, California State University, Fullerton
Wally Gonzalez, University of Hartford
Ryan Herd, California State University, Northridge
Grisel Medina, Chapman University
Madilena Mendiola, Mount Holyoke College
Eduardo Munoz, Allegheny College
Eduardo Rivas, Lewis & Clark College
Titus Wu, University of Southern California

Meet the 2015 Scholars

Andres Cuamani

Freshman, California State University, Fullerton

A graduate of Savanna High School in Anaheim, Andres will be the first person in his family to attend college. He has been an active Youth on Course member since 2013 after joining the Tiger Woods Learning Center. Through his classes at TWLC, he learned of his passion for science and plans to pursue a degree in engineering at Cal State Fullerton.

Lauren Fesler

Freshman, California Lutheran University

Originally a dancer, Lauren joined the golf team at North Hollywood HS after her coach convinced her that with dedication and devotion, she would make it. She has volunteered at multiple Youth on Course events, including Golf Marathon. Due to her hard work, Lauren received a scholarship through her high school golf coach to practice at El Caballero CC in Tarzana. She has grown into an exceptional golfer, making the LA City Girls Golf finals and being named captain of her high school team twice. She plans to study business and hopes to someday work at the SCGA.

Stephanie Gonzalez

Freshman, Texas A&M International University, 2015 Livingston Family Foundation Scholar

Stephanie has been a part of Youth on Course for more than five years and credits most of her golf success to the opportunities provided by Youth on Course. She has attended educational outings, Play Days and even helped raise donations for the SCGA Youth on Course Golf Marathon. Throughout her high school career at Santa Fe HS, Stephanie has maintained a 3.8 GPA while working hard to be the number one player on the boys golf team. She enjoys reading and writing and hopes to receive a degree in business with the goal of running a golf course in the future. She will attend Texas A&M International University on a partial golf scholarship.

Dario Hamada

Freshman, Cal State University, Fullerton

First introduced to Youth on Course via the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Dario has become extremely involved with YoC programs, participating in the Member Junior Shootout and Golf Marathon and has played some of SoCal’s most prestigious country clubs. Dario lettered four years as a member of the Sunny Hills Boys Golf Team, earning First-Team All-Freeway League every year while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. He hopes to continue his success in golf as part of the Cal State Fullerton Men’s Golf Team and in the classroom with a major in marketing.

Jakeishya Le

Freshman, UC Riverside

Jakeishya earned a golf scholarship to play at UC Riverside and thanks Youth on Course for the opportunity to play and practice at local courses for lower rates. Over the past couple of years, she’s become a youth leader at Christ Cathedral Church and a historian and board member of both the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. Jakeishya is a graduate of Mater Dei High School.

Nicholas Moreno

Freshman, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 SCGA Presidents Scholar

Nicholas gives back to SCGA Youth on Course by participating in the annual Golf Marathon. As a YoC member, he was an instruction program participant and played in summer Play Days. A graduate of Windward School, Nicholas also gives back to his community by volunteering at St. Matthew's Elementary School and with the Senior Wiseburn Center. As a result of his internship with the investment firm Imperial Capital, he plans to major in finance at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mallory Muehlbauer

Freshman, Brigham Young University

Mallory has maintained a weighted GPA of 4.43 at Mission Vista High School. She lettered all four years on the varsity golf team and was the team captain for two. Mallory was treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of the varsity speech and debate team during her senior year. Through her hard work and extensive tournament play, she earned a spot on BYU's women’s golf team.

Melody Muehlbauer

Freshman, UCLA

With her twin sister by her side, Melody has developed into a great golfer and wonderful student. Finishing her high school career with a weighted GPA of 4.45, Melody is ranked third in her graduating class. She was accepted early into Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Mechanical Engineering Program. She thanks SCGA Youth on Course for allowing her to play at great facilities and make lasting relationships.

Michael Padilla

Freshman, Marymount California University

Michael was an active Youth on Course participant, but focused on his studies in high school and maintained a 3.73 GPA. He plans to major in engineering with hopes to work at a hospital as a bio-medical technician. Michael gives back to his community and the game of golf by volunteering at the Tiger Woods Learning Center and various Youth on Course events.

Samantha Rocha

Freshman, Occidental College, 2015 COPi Cup Scholar

Samantha was first introduced to Occidental during a Youth on Course Educational Outing and is excited to attend and play on the school's women's golf team. She credits her success to Youth on Course and is grateful for the life skills she has learned through playing golf. Sam looks forward to being a college athlete and hopes that she can attend medical school in the future to become a sports medicine physician.

Hansel Suharli

Freshman, Fullerton College

With ten years as a competitive golfer, Hansel has learned that diligence and persistence will allow him to achieve anything. He is confident in his decision-making skills and has held positions of leadership in school and his community. He will attend Fullerton College and plans to become an officer and computer programmer in the United States Air Force.

Ysabel Tran

Freshman, Cal State University, Northridge

Ysabel maintained a 3.85 GPA in high school and has her dreams set high, planning to major in biochemistry at Cal State Northridge on her way to becoming a doctor. Through her hard work and dedication to the game, Ysabel also received a golf scholarship and plans to play on the women’s golf team. She spends her free time giving back to the Tiger Woods Learning Center and mentoring younger golfers at Youth on Course events.

Meet the 2015 Returning Scholars

Rachel Chandler

Sophomore, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Rachel is currently pursuing a degree in architectural engineering (ARCE) and believes strongly in her university’s motto, “learn by doing”. Even with her tough school schedule, she finds time on the putting green. She is a member of the Country Line Dancing Club and credits the club as a good impact on her overall college experience. Rachel also found a mentor from the Structural Engineering Association of California, which has been her outlet into the ARCE world.

Jamie Harada

Sophomore, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jamie is a member of the women’s golf team and wants to pursue a career in accounting. She’s learned how to be proactive when it comes to her school work and has worked extremely hard to be successful in the classroom and on the golf course. Jamie had her best collegiate finish this year, placing fifth in Long Beach State’s tournament at Old Ranch GC. She’s an active SCGA Youth on Course member and has volunteered at the annual Member Junior Shootout as well events at Tiger Woods Learning Center.

Georgia Lacey

Sophomore, San Diego State University

Georgia is majoring in psychology and hopes to continue her education to one day earn a PhD in sports psychology. She is also looking into a career on the LPGA Tour. As a freshman, she was an avid member of the women’s golf traveling team and has already learned management skills that can be used both on and off the course. Georgia participated in a Aztec Women’s Game Day where she taught kids how to putt. She looks forward to volunteering at SCGA Youth on Course events this summer.

Natalie Mattison

Sophomore, UC Riverside/Oral Roberts University

After attending UC Riverside for one year, Natalie plans to transfer to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While at UC Riverside, she participated on the women’s golf team, learning discipline and time management. She credits SCGA Youth on Course for the opportunities that were given to her and the life skills she has learned along the way. Natalie has volunteered at numerous SCGA Youth on Course events including the annual Member Junior Shootout. Although undeclared, she plans to major in business with a minor in english at Oral Roberts.

Brooke Miller

Sophomore, Drake University

Brooke has found a passion for public relations and she hopes to find a career in sports or for a non-profit organization. She is a member of the women’s golf team and, even with a packed schedule, she manages to find time to be involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Brooke gives back by organizing canned food drives and participating in the university’s Kid’s Day, where local kids can spend the day having fun with all of the university athletes. When she comes back to Southern California during school breaks, Brooke spends time at various SCGA Youth on Course events, and even assisted at our Instruction program this past winter. She credits SCGA Youth on Course for all the wonderful opportunities she’s been given and all the people she’s met.

Caitlin Milton

Sophomore, Mount San Jacinto College

Caitlin started her connection with SCGA Youth on Course through our partner organization Grandfathers for Golf and spends her time instructing beginner golfers at their facility. She currently attends Mount San Jacinto College and is working on transferring to Cal Baptist in 2016. Caitlin has bounced around between two majors, business and political science, but through the experiences she’s had with a couple classes she has decided that she wants to major in journalism with a minor in music.

Julia Sander

Sophomore, UC Riverside

Julia has been working hard as a member of the women’s golf team, moving up 60 spots in national rankings and won two tournaments this season. She’s majoring in business and, with the help of fellow scholar and roommate Natalie Mattison, is able to manage her time between her studies and golf. This year, Julia volunteered with a number of SCGA Youth on Course Scholars at the annual Member Junior Shootout and participated in the Scholar Outing at Pico Rivera GC.

Kailee Ward

Sophomore, Waldorf College

Kailee has yet to declare a major, but is leaning towards English, a subject that she has always done well in. She hopes to start a small youth group for advanced teenage golfers in her hometown of San Jacinto so that when she comes home for the summer, she can give back by volunteering her time to help them. Kailee is also a member of the women's golf team at Waldorf.

Reece Akana

Junior, Harvard University

Reece is attending Harvard University and is majoring in chemical and physical biology with a minor in music. He hopes to pursue a career in cancer research or radiology on day. Reece spends his free time volunteering with a group called Music in Hospitals and Nursing Homes Using Entertainment as Therapy (MIHNUET) where he leads a small group of musicians to perform to patients at local hospitals or nursing homes. MIHNUET’s focus this semester is playing music to the children in the psychiatric ward of Boston Children’s Hospital. His proudest achievement to date is conducting a cancer study in his school lab with zebrafish on the formation of tumors.

Carolane Gariepy

Junior, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

Carolane decided to switch her major from mechanical engineering to business administration. With her golf coach’s support, Carolane took a break from golf to focus on philanthropy and joined the Alpha Phi Epsilon Chi, a sorority that focuses on philanthropy through cardiac care. Carolane also volunteers her time with SCGA Youth on Course, participating in the annual Member Junior Shootout and attending a Play Day at Sherwood Country Club.

Karentessa Gordon

Junior, University of Redlands

Kari is attending the University of Redlands with her twin sister Raquel and is majoring in financial economics with a minor in accounting. She is a member of the women’s golf team and continues to work hard to improve her game. She thanks SCGA Youth on Course for opportunities provided. “It has been a blessing to have support from the SCGA as I continue my education.”

Raquel Gordon

Junior, University of Redlands

Similar to her sister, Raquel is majoring in financial economics and is a member of the women’s golf team at the University of Redlands. She was awarded SCIAC Freshman of the Year and WGCA All-American Scholar this season. Raquel also received a Student Work Award, which has allowed her to be a grader for a section of integrated calculus. She's active in her community by participating in SCGA Youth on Course events as well as volunteering at Suva Elementary School, doing art projects and helping the kids plan their Spring Show.

Sachi Hamada

Junior, California State University, Long Beach

Sachi is a member of the Cal State Long Beach women’s golf team and is working towards a degree in graphic design. She is an active volunteer with SCGA Youth on Course, participating in the annual Golf Marathon and helping out at the instruction equipment day. Sachi hopes to one day share her golf experiences as a coach.

Savannah Knox

Junior, California State University, Long Beach

Savannah is working on a degree in business marketing, aiming for a position on a marketing team for a golf company. After redshirting, Savannah had a strong first year on the women’s golf team, earning Big West Freshman of the Year honors. She had her first collegiate top-5 finish at the Long Beach State-hosted Gold Rush tournament, in which the team placed first. Savannah also participates in SCGA Youth on Course events throughout the year, specifically enjoying Play Days where she gets to play alongside a member of a country club. Click here to read more about Savannah in our In The Spotlight series, which share stories of SCGA Youth on Course junior golfers, from small improvements to great feats both on and off the golf course

Torrey Muñoz

Junior, Palomar College/UC Santa Barbara

Torrey will be transferring to UCSB this fall after completing his associate’s degree at Palomar Colelge. He chose to major in geography, which is a subject he is very passionate about. He loves Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and plans to work for the government one day. Torrey will spend his summer interning for Orca Maritime, an underwater mapping company, that will help him complete his certificate of proficiency in GIS. He’s an avid volunteer, volunteering with SCGA Youth on Course, Future Champions Golf and Build a Miracle. Torrey was honored as the 2013 SCGA Youth on Course Scholar Volunteer of the Year.

Sathya Peri

Junior, Bentley University

Since high school, Sathya has always been very passionate about trading and became known as the kid who traded stocks during class. His goal is to join a super angel venture firm after college and will spend his summer in Chattanooga, TN, interning for one. He has developed a growth hacking strategy on Twitter and is now helping startups at Harvard Business School and Princeton.

Said Shaba

Junior, UC Berkeley

Through his own life experiences on and off the golf course, Said now shares life lessons at a local elementary school where he mentors fifth graders. With intense passion for governmental affairs, he is a member and officer of The Horn of Africa Association on campus and has previous experience assisting a UC faculty member run for City Council in Oakland.

Alec Spencer

Junior, University of La Verne

Alec is majoring in business administration with a minor in organizational leadership. Preparing for a busy golf season, Alec enrolled in 19 units in the fall to provide extra time to focus on his game. He’s an avid participant with SCGA Youth on Course, attending and volunteering at various events, including Club Outings and the annual SCGA Youth on Course Tournament. Alec is also the founder of the Terry Spencer Memorial Golf Tournament, an event dedicated to his late father. He hopes to stay within the golf world after he graduates and potentially attend the University of Michigan for graduate school. Read about his journey in FORE magazine here.

David Yambao

Junior, Irvine Valley College/UC Irvine

David recently transferred from Irvine Valley College to UC Irvine and plans to major in computer science through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science. David has a passion for the game of golf and gives back by donating his time to the Vacation Bible School and volunteering at SCGA Youth on Course clinics. In addition to his studies, David works part-time at the Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center and assists with shows for N-Effect Productions, a company that specializes in entertainment production.

Eugene Yang

Junior, UC Berkeley

With an anticipated degree in economics, Eugene tackled a very tough school year in the fall of 2014. He gives back to the Berkeley elder community by taking a class that offers assistance to these members, including activities like yoga. Eugene credits SCGA Youth on Course for allowing him to grow his skills within the game of golf and reinforcing the values that have made him the person he is today.

Jorgeo Catolico

Senior, UC San Diego, SCGA Presidents Scholar

Jorgeo will graduate with a degree in cognitive science and hopes to continue his education by receiving a master’s degree. He is a member of the Filipino Club and an avid participant in the hip-hop dance community. Jorgeo remains an active member and volunteer for Pro Kids Academy in San Diego. Click here to read more about Jorgeo in FORE magazine.

Ezequiel Jauregui

Senior, UC San Diego

Ezequiel recently switched his major from neuroscience to chemical engineering and is now earning the highest grades in his collegiate career this past quarter. He gives back through the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, where he mentors high school students in San Diego aspiring to become engineers.

Elise Polk

Senior, UCLA

Elise plans to graduate from UCLA next spring with a major in international development studies. She changed her focus from biology to international development studies with hopes to teach English in underdeveloped countries. In preparation for her future career path, Elise is planning to study abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University this year. She spends her extra time with the on-campus group Intervarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship. Elise also interned with SCGA Youth on Course earlier this year.