|2017 Girls Varsity Golf|
|2017 Girls Junior Varsity Golf|
|Xiaofan (Rosa) Dong||10|
|Hanwen (Ivy) Fu||11|
Lady Eagles Golf Program Mission Statement:
Santa Margarita Catholic High School endeavors to bring the person and teachings of Jesus Christ to this time and place through a holistic and nurturing educational experience. This is reflected in the Lady Eagles Golf Program, which seeks to encourage in its golfers, a positive sense of self-worth, self-discipline, personal responsibility, successful interpersonal relationships, and a commitment to Gospel values. We strive to honor the tradition and integrity of the game of golf and promote the highest standards of personal character and leadership in all areas of competition and life.
Our Tradition of Excellence
As we enter our 15th season as a Girls’ Golf Program, the Lady Eagles look forward to continuing the legacy and tradition of success both on and off the golf course. Over the past 15 years, the Program has been blessed with numerous talented golfers who have won individual accolades, titles, and earned college scholarships. But it is our achievements as teams for which we are most proud. Over the past years, the Varsity Lady Eagles have been the CIF Championship Runner Ups twice, have qualified for the CIF Championship Finals 14 times, have captured the league title 9 times, and is the only team to have appeared in the Orange County Register’s top 5 rankings each of those years. Also in 2008, Coach Amy Connelly was named Orange County’s Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the OC Register, and in 2010 she was named one of the top female high school coaches in Orange County by the Association of Athletic Directors.
SMCHS Girls’ Golfers have advanced to play collegiate golf at the following colleges and universities: Arizona State, Princeton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara University, Cal State San Marcos, Chico State, Saddleback College, Wheaton College, Wofford College, San Diego State, Cal State Monterey, and Regis University.
Varsity Head Coach: Jill Hegna
Coach Jill Hegna joined the SMCHS Girls and Boys Golf Coaching staffs in 2005/2006. She coached the JV Girls and JV Boys teams for six successful seasons. In 2011, she transitioned to the Varsity Girls Coaching staff. Coach Hegna is currently the Director of Girls Golf and Head Varsity Coach. Her combined Girls and Boys Coaching record is: 227 - 39 (Overall) and 126 - 25 (League). Coach Hegna graduated from Saint Anthony’s High School in Long Beach, CA, and then attended LBCC for a year, then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO on a volleyball scholarship. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education K-12 and then attended Kansas University Graduate School. Coach Hegna has taught and coached various sports at the Elementary and Secondary level while living in Colorado, Kansas, and Connecticut and when she returned to California. Coach Hegna is also the Associate Dean of Students at SMCHS. She has three daughters who graduated from SMCHS: Megan Hickey ’04; Lauren Hickey ’07; Katy Hickey ’09. In her spare time she and her husband Mike share a passion for family, golf, boating and time with their horse.
Coach Jill Hegna's SMCHS Coaching Records: Combined Overall and League Record
Varsity Assistant Coach: Heather (Graff) Zakhar
Coach Heather Zakhar joined the Eagle golf program in 2017. This is her first year coaching but she is not new to golf. Coach Heather has been playing since she could walk. She grew up playing AJGA golf, played high school golf in Washington, where she won State her last 2 years. Coach Heather went on to play at the University of Arizona with a full scholarship. In her sophomore year the team won the NCAA Team Championship. She was a 3 time All American and graduated with a degree in Psychology. After college, Coach Heather went on to play professionally. She played on the Futures Tour. In 2000, she won 3 of her last 4 events to earn Futures Tour Player of the Year and her LPGA card. Playing on tour in 2001 was a dream come true. Coach Heather also won the 1996 USGA Women's Public Links Amateur Championship. She has two children, Jimmy is a freshmen at SM and Miranda is in 7th grade. Coach Heather loves spending time with her husband, Jim, watching Jimmy play baseball and Miranda do theatre. She also enjoys reading, baking, biking, and walking her dog. She is very excited to be a part of the SM Girls Golf family.
Coach DeFries joined the Eagle golf program in 2006. He has ten years’ experience coaching football and eight years coaching basketball in the military. In his free time he enjoys going hunting, fishing and playing golf. Coach DeFries received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman and master’s degree from USC. He was a US Marine Corps Aviator for 36 years and is a retired colonel. He and his wife Sandra have three children, including two SMCHS graduates, Nicole and Michael.
JV Assistant Coach: Michelle Ford
Coach Ford joined the Eagle golf program in 2017 and has been playing golf since she could walk. Previously, she coached JV softball at SMCHS for 5 years. Coach Ford is also a member of the social studies department and MUN advisor at SMCHS where she has been a teacher for 11 years. She received both her B.A. in History and Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Social Studies teaching credential from Arizona State University. She has two children who graduated from SMCHS: Jason Ford ’15; Mia Ford ’18. Outside of SMCHS, Coach Ford enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, weight lifting, yoga and playing golf.
Coach Zwahlen joined Eagle golf in 2007. She has more than 20 years experience as the Girl’s Golf head coach at Crescent Valley High School in Corvalis, OR. Before coaching, Coach Zwahlen graduated from Oregon State University and played amateur golf and was the recipient of numerous honors. She was the two-time member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team, a Doherty winner, a four-time Oregon State Champion, Arizona State Champion, a two time US Amateur Finalist, Medalist at the western Open, Pacific Northwest Champion, Florida State Champion, a Semi-Finalist in U.S. AM, and a member of the State of Oregon Hall of Fame and the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame. Coach Zwahlen has two children, Molly Walsh and Skip Zwahlen. Daughter Molly has two children, Tori, who graduated from SMCHS in 2010 and attends USC, and Taylor, who is currently a senior at SMCHS. Coach Gracie enjoys any activity her grandchildren participate in.
|2017 Girls Varsity Golf Schedule (6 - 4, 2 - 1)|
|22-Aug||LB WILSON||LB RECREATION||2:30||208||209||L||Edwards|
|24-Aug||LB WILSON||COTO -SOUTH||3:00||214||199||W||Edwards|
|29-Aug||CREAN LUTHERAN||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:00||242||204||W||C.Lutheran|
|31-Aug||CREAN LUTHERAN||TUSTIN RANCH GC||3:00||239||208||W||Edwards|
|5-Sep||SAN CLEMENTE||TALEGA GC||3:00||190||195||L||Edwards|
|7-Sep||SAN CLEMENTE||COTO -SOUTH||3:00||204||205||L||Edwards|
|11-Sep||TRABUCO HILLS||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:30||209||200||W||THHS|
|13-Sep||MATER DEI*||MILE SQUARE||4:00||186||199||L||MDHS|
|22-Sep||SAN CLEMENTE TOUR.||SAN CLEMENTE HS||A/D|
|28-Sep||ORANGE LUTHERAN*||COTO -SOUTH||3:00|
|2-Oct||LB WILSON TOURNAMENT||LB RECREATION||A/D|
|5-Oct||MATER DEI*||COTO -SOUTH||3:00|
|10-Oct||ORANGE LUTHERAN*||BLACK GOLD GC||2:00|
|11-Oct||TRABUCO HILLS||DOVE CANYON CC||2:30|
|18-Oct||LEAGUE TOURNAMENT||LOS SERRANOS- N||All Day|
|19-Oct||LEAGUE TOURNAMENT||DAD MILLER GC||All Day|
|8 GIRLS ADVANCE|
|23-Oct||CIF-INDIVIDUALS||DAD MILLER GC||All Day|
|TOP 36 ADVANCE|
|30-Oct||CIF-TEAM||LOS SERRANOS- N||All Day|
|TOP 3 TEAMS ADVANCE|
|2-Nov||INDIVIDUAL & SCGA QUAL.||RIVER RIDGE-Oxnard||All Day|
|9-Nov||CIF-WSCGA So Cal Champs||CANYON CREST-Riv.||All Day|
|14-Nov||STATE CHAMPIONSHIP||POPPY HILLS-Pebble||All Day|
|2017 Girls JV Golf Schedule|
|23-Aug||LB WILSON||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:30||276||249||W||Robillo|
|24-Aug||TESORO||CASTA DEL SOL||3:00||216||220||L||X. Dong|
|28-Aug||FOUNTAIN VALLEY||DL BAKER||2:30||277||207||W||Redd|
|30-Aug||FOUNTAIN VALLEY||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:00||354||310||W||X. Dong|
|5-Sep||BREA TOURNAMENT||BIRCH HILLS GC||2:00||154||2nd||SCHS|
|6-Sep||TROY||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:30||247||257||L||THS|
|12-Sep||LB WILSON||LIL REC GC||2:30||218||292||W||LBW|
|13-Sep||MATER DEI*||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:30||263||243||W||Sallee|
|14-Sep||TRABUCO HILLS||CASTA DEL SOL||2:30||230||208||W||Memo/Dong|
|19-Sep||ORANGE LUTHERAN*||BREA CREEK GC||2:30||237||184||W||Lee|
|20-Sep||ROSARY*||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:00||246||199||W||X.Rosa/Dong|
|27-Sep||ORANGE LUTHERAN*||TIJERAS CREEK GC||4:00|
|3-Oct||MATER DEI*||DAVID BAKER GC||3:00|
|10-Oct||ROSARY*||BREA CREEK GC||3:00|
|11-Oct||TRABUCO HILLS||TIJERAS CREEK GC||3:30|
|16-Oct||TESORO||CASTA DEL SOL||4:00|
|10/19/17||TROY TOURNAMENT||FULLERTON GC||TBA|