A quarter of a million dollars in one weekend

From left: Phil Frengs, Scott Miller, Chip Humphries, Gerry Hribel, Daniel Ragsdale and Mark Pfeil. But the real winners are the scholarship recipients of SCGA Junior!

That’s how much money we raised for scholarships at the seventh annual  COPi Cup Invitational Pro-Am Tournament at Pebble Beach  ($223,785 to be perfectly accurate.)

Conceived and sponsored by Legistics, Inc., the fundraiser is named after the firm’s forerunner, The COPi Companies. This year, it was again co-sponsored by clothier Matte Grey, with help from Jim Nantz’s award-winning winery, The Calling.

The COPi Cup is a 2-day event celebrating “Camaraderie, Competition and Charity”. It was created to fund scholarships for underserved kids who are often the first members of their families to attend college.

This financial assistance is provided by the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation, but eligibility is not about competitive performance or athletic scholarships. Instead, through their involvement with SCGA Junior, these high schoolers become eligible for aid based on their leadership skills, their academic achievement, their committed participation and their mentorship to younger golfers. 

For 2019, our winning team was led by North Ranch Country Club head pro Scott Miller, with talented amateurs Gerry Hribel, Chip Humphries and Daniel Ragsdale. Kyle Mendoza of South Hills Country Club was the pro champion.

Still, charity is the name of this particular game. Many of our generous participants and matching sponsors have returned every year since we started The COPi Cup in 2013. To date, we’ve raised $867,435 and changed the lives of dozens of kids and their families.

For that, we (and they) are truly grateful. Thanks. 

A Scholar’s Success

When speaking about golf and teaching the game to youth, there’s an incredible sound of passion in Giovanni Sandoval’s voice. Not to mention after only four years, he’s a 3 handicap. He went from an SCGA Junior student to now working as a coach. Thanks to the SCGA Junior Scholar Program, he will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the Fall, majoring in political science—with plans to try out for their golf team.

Imagine being a baseball player through and through, but your family drags you to the driving range one day because your sister plays golf. That one day changed Gio’s life forever.

“A coach came up to me and asked if I was interested [in learning the game], and SCGA Junior was offering classes. I joined in 2014 and haven’t looked back,” Sandoval said. “I went to all the classes and I just wanted to learn and grow in the game. This led me into volunteering, which I love very much.”

When Gio switched to golf, he really enjoyed the dramatic change.

“I call it a getaway—golf is so relaxing. I go and play when I’m stressed out. It gives me time to think,” he said.

He also finds a better connection with golf and his life outside the game.

“Like I tell the kids I teach – just like in life, there’s always a different lie, and you have 14 different clubs to choose from to hit that shot. Golf helps us see beyond.”

Inspired by his former SCGA Junior coach Justin Doyle, Gio is a coach himself at Don Knabe GC and Pico Rivera GC.

“[SCGA Junior] always made it interesting for me, there’s never a dull moment in the class.” Gio said. “Justin ignited that spark in me and now this is something I want to do.”

Doyle wrote a glowing Letter of Recommendation for Gio’s scholarship application, expressing how perfect he is to receive such an honor:

“What separates Giovanni from others is he proceeded to outwork everyone around him. His commitment level to improving is insatiable… I never had to ask Giovanni to volunteer, he would just be there. To me, Giovanni shows tremendous potential to be a leader in whatever venture he decides to enter later in life.”

Gio is well on his way to becoming a great addition to the SCGA Junior family.

“No matter what I do in life, I want to continue being in golf,” he said.” This organization has changed my life, and I’m very grateful.”

Read the full story here.

The SCGA Junior Golf Foundation creates local golf communities that provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment for youth to enjoy the game, explore their future and develop the necessary skills to achieve their goals. SCGA Junior inspires kids by creating a fun, engaged community that develops character through mentorship and empowerment.

The COPi Cup, presented by Legistics, is an Interclub Pro-Am Invitational benefitting the SCGA Junior Scholarship Fund. The COPi Cup was conceived with Competition, Camaraderie, and Charity foremost in mind. Charity in support of those who assist the dreams of our young adults. The Southern California Golf Association Junior Scholarship Fund allows students to continue advancement in their education. Thanks to the generosity of our players, to date we have raised $645,000 for scholarships for young golfers.

Clearing the Path to College

When Jetty Sivongsay first began with SCGA Junior, he was just excited about the chance to play golf and get better. Now a senior in high school, he’s expanding his connection with SCGA Junior to help him play collegiately.

After months of college prep programming, Sivongsay is excited to see where his next step will be in his golf and academic career, and helping guide him on this path is college golf counselor Ted Gleason. Gleason and Sivongsay have been working together to develop a list of schools of interest, communicating with the school’s golf coaches and strategizing about what tournaments to play.

“What draws me to Jetty is that he wants to figure out where he can potentially play and what those options are,” Gleason said. “He really cares, and he wants to find where his place is. He’s willing to put in the time and work.”

Sivongsay’s goal is to play golf in college, but he isn’t ruling out other options as well. “The reason I want to go to college is to compete and see where collegiate golf can take me,” Sivongsay said. “On top of that, being able to get an education at the same time is great.”

Academically, Sivongsay has expressed interest in majoring in business administration and the PGA Golf Management University Program, with the end goal of working in the golf industry in some capacity.

“Working with Coach Ted has definitely prepared me,” Sivongsay said. “He’s given me pointers on what college coaches will be looking for. Academically, he has helped me by working with my counselors for all my UC and Cal State requirements.”

Gleason is working to find the best fit for Sivongsay, considering golf, school and myriad other factors.

“There’s a competitive level for everybody, it’s just a matter of figuring out the schools where their level of competitiveness matches up, and also the schools that they really love,” Gleason said. “It’s super important that when you go to a school, if you take golf out of the equation, you still love the school.”

The goal of the SCGA Junior slate of college programming is to help all high schoolers access the resources and knowledge that they need in order to get to college.

“People don’t know what’s available and I’m all about trying to help people understand what is available,” Gleason said. “It’s about helping bring things to people’s attention. Then, maybe they have the knowledge to go down a path that they otherwise wouldn’t even have known about.”

Read the full story here.

The SCGA Junior Golf Foundation creates local golf communities that provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment for youth to enjoy the game, explore their future and develop the necessary skills to achieve their goals. SCGA Junior inspires kids by creating a fun, engaged community that develops character through mentorship and empowerment.

The COPi Cup, presented by Legistics, is an Interclub Pro-Am Invitational benefitting the SCGA Junior Scholarship Fund. The COPi Cup was conceived with Competition, Camaraderie, and Charity foremost in mind. Charity in support of those who assist the dreams of our young adults. The Southern California Golf Association Junior Scholarship Fund allows students to continue advancement in their education. Thanks to the generosity of our players, to date we have raised $645,000 for scholarships for young golfers.

Cumberland Holdings added as Sponsor for the 2016 COPi Cup

Thank you to Scott and Graham Chernoff, Principals at Cumberland Holdings  LLC (cumberlandholdings.com) on  being a Sponsor of COPi Cup 2016, underwriting a portion of the event.

Their generous support continues their involvement in The COPi Cup and SCGA Junior.  We look forward to welcoming back Scott’s team from Palos Verdes Country Club and adding Graham’s team from The Olympic Club.

The COPi Cup 2016 is presented by Legistics, Inc. with Sponsors to date including Cumberland Holdings and Sid Croft, Esq.