We received some very good news yesterday regarding one of what I would term, “our own”. The information is below but please allow me to fill in some possible blanks.
I first met John and his dad David at a workshop I did for the So Cal PGA back in 1997 - yes I’ve been doing these for a LONG TIME - actually, steadily since 1988.
It was a three day class and John was a young assistant. His dad was the Director of Education for the So Cal PGA at the time. As I presented I would always check John and a couple of others to make sure that they were “getting it.” Sometimes the look in their eyes was like that of a “deer in the headlights” - frozen in time!
Anyway, I didn’t see him again until last year and he had grown enormously as an Instructor. But when your father has a PhD in Education some of that wisdom is bound to rub off!
John is a very accomplished instructor and player (knocks the cover off the ball). With his guidance and coaching the following high school team and players accomplished something that many golfers just dream about
The Torrance High Girls’ Golf Team completed the best season in California High School history by sweeping all four playoff rounds and capped it off by winning the State Championship on Wednesday, November 16th. The Tartar Golf Team finished with a team total of 405 and beat runner-up Long Beach Wilson by 24 shots to complete a record season. This is the first team in State Girls’ Golf history to win all four post season tournaments. This was the first time the Team and Individual Champion came from the same school.
On a day where the conditions were extremely windy, the team was lead by Freshman Jane Rah (71) and Senior Angela Park (73). Senior Christina Siew (85), Senior Julie Cho (88), Freshman Demi Runas (88) and Senior Dani Powell (95) played steady rounds to lead the team to the 24 shot victory. The Tartars were the only team to have all six players shoot under 100 due to the windy conditions.
Jane Rah won the Individual State Championship and Angela Park was the Runner-up. With the winds steadily blowing at 20-30 mph, Jane shot the only under par round of the day with a birdie on her last hole. Angela fired a 1-over par round. There were only six rounds in the 70’s due to the difficult conditions.
UPDATE - We have been asked to remove the photo of our friend and the team by MaxPreps.com even though we gave FULL acknowledgement to them for the photo. We apologize for the inconvenience to our members for NOT being able to see the team and their coach.
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