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Birdie for ALL Team Captain- Roger Pineda

Roger has over eight years experience as a teaching professional and a lifetime of knowledge about the game of golf. Introduced to the game at the age of 9, he rapidly progressed through the junior circuit in California. At the age of 15, he won the State Junior Title. In College, Roger played for the University of the Pacific where he had a successful career.

Roger began his professional playing career after playing in the 1998 US Amateur. Throughout his playing career Roger has played in professional events all over the country against some of the best competition in golf. He has coached hundreds of students on the fundamentals of golf. With his knowledge and experience he has taught his students to play better on the weekends and in competition.

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Grace Chen

 

Grace Chen, age 9, a fourth grader at Challenger school in Sunnyvale and started to learn the golf since she was 6 and half and loves to play competitive tournaments and also practice with friends together. Won 2009 JGANC championship as runner-up for 7-9 age group and scored top at various local, regional and world junior golf tournaments or championships. Besides golf Grace loves reading especially mystery book, swim, ski and she also started Birdie For ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) charity event for Stanford Children's Hospital on 2009 and raised and donated $3000 to Stanford Children's Hospital for the research and treatment of leukemia children patients.

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Hannah O'Sullivan

Age 12, 6th grader. Her official handicap is + 0.5. 3rd Place 2009 Callaway Junior World Championship, 11-12 Girls division. Finished 1st in 11-year-old field of top players in the world. Won California State Girls Junior Amateur Championship, 12-and-Under division, second year in a row. In the NCGA Junior Tour (17-and-Under Girls Open Division), won 2nd Place and 3rd Place medals in Spring and Fall tourneys. Played on Santa Clara Junior Golf Team that won the 2009 East Bay Junior Golf League Championship. Shot under par in 4 competitive 18-hole rounds during 2009 season.

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Andy Zhou


Andy Zhou, age 9, is currently a 4th grader at Palo Verde Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA and a participant of The First Tee of San Jose. He is a winner of the 2009 JGANC championship (age 7-9 group) and also won numerous JGANC and US kids tournaments. Besides golf, Andy is an avid reader, enjoy drawing, swimming and playing violin at his spare time.

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Anna Zhou
 

Anna is currently a 7th grader at J. L. Stanford Middle School. She is an eagle student and volunteer coach for the First Tee of San Jose. Anna has won many JGANC and US Kids golf tournaments. Besides golf, Anna excels in math, represented her school in the Peninsula Chapter Mathcounts 2010 competition. She is an avid reader, loves to write poems, an editor for the school magazine, and also plays competitive piano.

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  Eddy Lai

At 11 years old, Eddy is a 6th grader at Loyola Elementary School in Los Altos. He recently won the 2010 US Kids Golf World Championship (Boys 11 division) with a three day total of 11 under par that included a double eagle (which was the first one in the world championship history).  He also finished T20 place 2010 Callaway Junior World Championship (Boys 11-12 division), but was 4th place in 11-year-old field that included all of the top players in the world. Eddy won the 2010 JGANC  Championship (Boys 10-11 division) at the summer of 2010.
According to his teacher, "Eddy has remained solid in all academic areas and has a great sense of humor."
                                                                                   

 


Paul Lei

Paul Lei, 14 years old ninth grader, currently lives in Middleton, MA. Paul first touched a golf club when he was 9. It took only 6 months before he won his first NEPGA tournament by shooting one under par at the age of 10. Since then, Paul had won 45 local, New England, and Northeastern regional tournaments in the past four years. Paul’s current handicap index is 1.3. He is now focusing more on competing at national and international events.  This past summer, Paul finished top 25 percent at both the Callaway Junior World Championship and the U.S Teen World Championship in which he competed.  

Paul is boarding at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He pursues his academic study just as passionately as he does towards his golf game. Paul’s GPA is 10.8 out of 11, the highest honors.  “You did an amazing job this term, Paul, and I enjoyed having you in class,” said his Biology teacher. An active participant in extracurricular activities, Paul is on Exeter’s math and debate team, and also swims and practices violin.

 Jody Ho

21 years old, born in England on July 16, 1990. Lived in San Jose since I was 5. 4th year Senior at San Jose Sate University. Plays on the SJSU Women's Golf team. Marketing Major. Will graduate Spring 2013.

I love playing golf, and I love to practice. It is something I will continue to do for the rest of my life. My goal is to play on tour. I love playing because their is something you can always improve on. It is a game that teaches you so much about yourself and how to handle tough situations not only on the golf course but in life in general. It is sport that reflects your attitude, if you are happy you will score a lot better and you will enjoy it as well. I have learned to not let my scores affect my happiness. In September 2011 I was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder and got into a golf cart accident that left me in the hospital for a week. I believe that these events changed my attitude on life for the better. I love life, and I live it to the fullest, there is nothing I cannot do. I am a very strong person mentally and physically, I will keep fighting back and will never give up on anything in life.

I love spending time with my friends and family. I love to smile, and meet new people. I try to help anyone I can, by being supportive and being a good role model for others.

Favorite Quote: "Smilers never lose, and frowners never win"  "the motivation for me was them telling me what I couldn't be"


 

 

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