Corey Pavin Southern California Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Youth on Course was strongly represented at the inaugural Corey Pavin Southern California Invitational.

Presented by SCPGA Junior Tour, the Corey Pavin Southern California Invitational took place Jan. 25-26, 2014 at Maderas Golf Club in Poway, Calif.  The 54-hole event featured 90 exclusive junior players from around the world competing for the title. 60 boys and 30 girls participated in the event that ran simultaneously with the Farmers Insurance Open held at Torrey Pines. The juniors were able to attend the Farmers Insurance Open as part of the Southern California Invitational.

Of those competing, six current and former Youth on Course members were present. Seb Crampton of Pacific Grove (YOC Monterey eClubhouse member) took home the title at the event after carding 3-under-par 213 in the three day event. Crampton narrowly beat former YOC member, Cameron Champ of Sacramento. Crampton and Champ were tied at 142 heading into the final round. 1-under-par 71 in the final round was enough for Crampton to take home the trophy – but only by one stroke. Champ finished tied for second with 2-under-par 214.

YOC member Blake Abercrombie of Rocklin finished tied for 45th place. Amay Poria of Morgan Hill finished tied for 51st place, and David Laskin of Elk Grove finished 59th.

In the Girls Division, Emily Laskin of Elk Grove represented YOC finishing in 20th place.

Congratulations to all YOC members that participated in the Corey Pavin Southern California Invitational!

January Member of the Month

2014 is here and Youth on Course has some exciting resolutions for the new year.

With over 9,000 members annually, Youth on Course is consistently represented by talented, smart and interesting individuals throughout Northern California. This year, one of our goals is to recognize our outstanding members. Beginning with Zachery Pollo.


Pollo continues to excel on the golf course. He recently won the Little Linkers for his age category.

Pollo is a 4th grade honor roll student with a perfect attendance record. The Rocklin, Calif., native started swinging golf clubs at the driving range at the age of four. By age seven, Pollo was playing full rounds. Now nine, Pollo has continued to excel and consistently shoots in the low 80s. In his first tournament, one that included three rounds of  9 holes, Pollo dominated his age category and won by eight strokes. Pollo was also the champion of the Little Linker event for his age category. His favorite course is Haggin Oaks in Sacramento where he recently shot 7-over-par 79 from the Tan tees.


Pollo, pictured center, won the Eppie's Kids duathlon for his age category for the third year in a row.

Off of the golf course, Pollo lives an extremely active lifestyle. In his spare time, the nine year old enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing and running. This last summer, Pollo won the Eppie’s Kids duathlon –  a running/biking event – for the third time in a row, and he hopes to be a professional cyclist someday – if becoming a professional golfer doesn’t work out, that is.

Lofty goals are nothing new for Pollo.


Zachery Pollo pictured with his parents during one of their numerous mountain hikes.

At the mere age of six, he climbed White Mountain -a 14 mile hike with an elevation above 14,000 feet. At the age of seven, Pollo took to Mt.Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, for a 22-mile hike.  Pollo has also climbed Mt. Elbert in Leadville, Colo., the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.  Most recently, Pollo conquered Mt. Langley in August, marking his fourth climb with an elevation over 14,000 feet. Pollo and his father have hiked or snowshoed to over 75 mountain peaks across eight states.

Youth on Course salutes Zachery Pollo for all his hard work on and off the golf course. Pollo exemplifies what it means to be a member of Youth on Course as he continues to excel academically, set and achieve goals, thrive in healthy lifestyle activities and stand out on the golf course. Congratulations Zachery on becoming our very first Youth on Course Member of the month.


Know a Youth on Course member that deserves to be recognized? Let us know about him or her by contacting Lindsey Novitzke by email – and by filling out our Member of the Month submission form by clicking this link.



Safe House of Lake County Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Fundraiser

John Scott Senz had a wonderful opportunity to represent the Northern California Golf Association’s (NCGA) Foundation Youth on Course (YOC) at the Safe House of Lake County ( Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Fundraiser.
The event was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Middletown up in the Clear Lake area of Northern California. John Scott played in a scramble foursome with his mother, Marta, his father, Doug, and longtime family friend, Greg McCartney.
John Scott sank three birdie putts, the last one a dramatic 15 footer on the 18th hole to allow the foursome to finish at even par for the day.

John Scott is a member of the First Tee of the Tri-Valley and a YOC member, but his Saturday golf experience paled in comparison to a life experience that he received.

The mission of Safe House of Lake County is to try to help some of the hundreds of homeless teens in Lake County. Their August, 2013 update reported that they had completed their fiscal year and that it had been a very successful year for all concerned. They were able to feed, house and provide emotional support to ten different teenagers. I would agree that they were very successful based on an encounter that John Scott had.

John Scott talked to and then accepted this letter (below) from Laura Onate Davis, one of the residents of Safe House and a recipient of the Youth on Course LeVine Family Scholarship:


Dear Youth on Course member,
Thank you so much for coming to this fundraiser event. As you might already know, this particular event is for the Safe House in which I have lived for a year. This house has given me the quiet and peaceful environment that I needed to flourish academically and in life.
Laura Onate Davis

Laura overcame a troubled home life with help and guidance from the Safe House to become the valedictorian of her graduating class at Lower Lake High School. She will be attending UC Davis in September as pre-med student. She received enough money from the Youth on Course scholarship and several others to carry her through all four years of college.

Laura’s story transcends golf and goes right to heart of what is right with good people doing the right thing. I feel fortunate that my son and the rest of the golfers at the event were able to briefly share in her success and the success of Safe House.

Hundred Hole Hike

In August 2011, I came across an article a friend posted that featured Jim Colton, a golfer who walked 155 holes to raise over $110,000 for Ballyneal caddie, Ben Cox, who was paralyzed in a terrible ski accident. I was deeply moved and inspired by Jim’s actions, and felt eager to find out how I could be involved. Fast forward two years, this single act of kindness has launched into a nationwide event called the Hundred Hole Hike (HHH), an event raising over $400,000 for dozens of valuable charitable causes. I am thrilled to announce that this June, the HHH will be coming to the Bay Area!

On June 24, two of my closest golf buddies and I will be walking 100-plus holes at one of the best tracks around in Ballyneal Golf Club. Some of you may be asking, “What would possess someone to walk 100-plus holes in a single day (approximately equivalent to 6 rounds of golf or 45 miles)?” Simply put, I can’t think of a better way to take my passion for golf to raise awareness and money for organizations that make the local Bay Area community a better place for underserved youth, and to grow the game of golf. My goal is to raise a total of $10,000 for two incredible organizations:

- NCGA Foundation: Youth on Course

I started playing golf when I was 11 years old. My parents were refugees from Vietnam and working class people. There wasn’t a single golfer in my family, so no one could have predicted how big an impact golf would have on my life. Youth on Course is a program of the Northern California Golf Association Foundation that reaches out to diverse communities to ensure that all deserving youth receive the opportunity to enjoy this great game. The program ingrains core values including responsibility, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship and gives access to low-income Bay Area youth to play dozens of golf courses for $5.

- East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)

As a graduate student studying healthcare policy at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, I’ve become increasingly concerned with the growing rates of obesity amongst our youth. The East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) serves all demographics of Oakland youth and strives to create a culture of wellness in Oakland schools by developing programs that bring healthier foods into local schools and encouraging kids to become more active. They are making an impact in Oakland neighborhoods and I’m proud to support them.

How can you get involved?

1) Pledge a donation on the HHH website. Click on my “pledge now” tab and donate to these worthy causes. Any amount, large or small, will make a huge difference! No donation is too small.
2) Follow me (@vansnguyen) and the Hundred Hole Hike (@100holehike) on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the event.
3) Tell your friends! Please share my link with your friends and through social media.

Thank you for all your support! Your encouragement and well wishes are greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to the challenge!


–Vans Nguyen


Bay Area Pinseekers Golf Club Supports Youth on Course

The Bay Area Pinseekers GC held a silent auction during their recent Annual Meeting and wanted to give something back to the sport and kids who are trying to get into it. Through the generosity of some local courses and their members, they were able to raise $1,045 for Youth on Course. Courses that contributed included Poppy Ridge, Wente, Callippe Preserve, Metropolitan, Diablo Creek, Roddy Ranch, and Hiddenbrooke.

Bay Area Pinseekers Golf Club

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Don Carlson – Publicity
Steve Newton – Webmaster
Bob Harley – Past President
Bob Butler – Handicap and Membership
Dean McCurry – Tournament Director
Steve Shaw – Secretary/Treasurer
Bob Jardin – President
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