Varsity Head Coach - Jim Tinker
Coach Tinker grew up in Long Beach, California where he attended St. Anthony High School. He graduated from CSU Long Beach and earned his Maters Degree from St. Mary’s College.
Jim started his teaching and coaching career in 1978 teaching mathematics and coaching both boys’ basketball and golf. Jim was the varsity golf coach at Daniel Murphy H.S. in Los Angeles (1981-1986), St. Patrick H.S. in Vallejo (1987-1992) and San Juan Hills H.S. in San Juan Capistrano (2007-2018). At San Juan Hills H.S. he coached the Stallions to three Sea View League Championships (2011, 2014, 2017) and a CIF South Coast Divisional Championship in 2011.
As a varsity basketball coach, Jim won four league championships and two CIF Championships at Daniel Murphy H.S. and St. Patrick H.S. After teaching full-time as a mathematics instructor for over forty years, Jim retired in 2018. He prioritizes academics over athletics and supports his players to be successful in the classroom. His 2014 golf team won the CIF Academic Championship and he feels this was the greatest accomplishment that any of his teams ever achieved.
Jim is married to Susan Tinker who is a teacher at Truman Benedict Elementary School. They have four children and three grandchildren with another grandson on the way.
JV Head Coach – John Donahue
Coach Donahue grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts where he attended Medfield High School. He graduated from CSU Long Beach and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. John spent a career in the US Navy retiring as a Captain. He held several command positions and major staff assignments. John also spend a number of years in the Aerospace Industry and the Information Technology Industry where his last position was responsible for US Public Sector focused on State and local Government, Education, and Public Health.
John has coached and refereed Soccer, Baseball, and Golf. John joined Santa Margarita in 2012 coaching Girls and Boys Frosh/Soph Golf. The following year he coached both Girl’s and Boy’s JV Golf. During 2017 and 2018 he coached Boy’s JV only. John has had a winning record each and every year both in Trinity League as well as overall record. (Trinity 51-24/Overall 98-40). John is married to Lynda Jo Donahue. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Frosh Soph Head Coach - Jimmy Patton
Bio coming soon!
- New Player Qualifying
- JV/Frosh-Soph Qualifying
- Varsity Shootout
- Program Fee
- Golf Club Storage
- Scoring Standards
Sign-ups for varsity, junior varsity, and frosh/soph teams is from August through September. You can do this by emailing Coach Jim Tinker at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Players Name, Grade, Phone #, Parent Names, Parent email, Parent Phone #, Shirt Size (S,M,L,XL), Jacket Size (S,M,L,XL), Pant Size (Waist/Inseam), Shoe Size and other sports that you are playing at SM.
All New Players along with returning Junior Varsity and Frosh-Soph players will tryout on Monday, November 1 (2:45) at Tijeras Creek GC. Players will play 9-holes of golf. Proper attire is required. A make-up date will be scheduled for those players unable to attend because of any conflict with fall and winter sports.
Varsity Shootouts will take place November thru December and will be used to determine team ranking. Any New Player, JV or Frosh-Soph returning golfer who posts qualifying scores equal to or better than varsity standards will be included in the Varsity Shootouts. Dates for Varsity Shootouts will be announced at a later date.
The Trinity League is highly competitive. Selections for each level are based upon integrity, qualifying average, off season tournaments, overall competitive attitude and conduct.
Varsity Team (10 golfers): 9-hole scoring averages should be +5 or below. This average varies from year to year.
Junior Varsity (10 golfers): Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen may be on this team. Qualifying average on the JV team should be between 40-46.
Frosh/Soph Team (10-12 golfers): Developmental in nature, this team is limited to freshmen and sophomores. Qualifying average on the Frosh-Soph team should be between 47-55
Our mission is to provide an exceptional golfing environment that nurtures talented players who share a mutual respect for the sport, for each other, for opponents and officials.
The Varsity team at Santa Margarita Catholic High School is among the most competitive in Southern California. Not only do we compete in the Trinity League, but we travel to Northern California to compete in the De La Salle Tournament and play Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California. The Eagle Varsity team also competes at the Champions Invitational (Indio, Ca.) which is considered the most competitive high school tournament in the nation. The varsity has qualified for the CIF-SS Championships every year since 1991 and we look forward to carrying on this tradition.
SMCHS golf program carries approximately 30 players and fields three teams. The junior varsity and frosh-soph teams are developmental. All students are welcome and encouraged to tryout no matter how little experience they have. We want to expose our players to a lifelong sport that teaches much more than how to swing a club. We encourage our golfers to have a positive sense of self-worth, self-discipline, personal responsibility, successful interpersonal relationships, and a commitment to Gospel values.
- California State Team Champion: 1996, 2000
- California State Qualifier: 2011, 2012
- Southern California Champions: 1993, 1997, 2000
- CIF-SS Team Champion: 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2012
- League Champions: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012
- 2000 California State High School Individual Champion (65)
- College Golf at UCLA (2000 – 2004) Two-Time All-American
- Competed in the 2003 United States Amateur Championship
- Played in the 2009 United States Open Championship at Bethpage
- 2012 Champions Invitational; Individual Champion (65-68-74)
- 2012 CIF Finals Individual Champion (65)
- 2012 California State High School Individual Runner-up
- 2012 Rolex Junior All-American First Team
- College Golf at University of Texas (2013 – 2016)
- 2016 Fred Haskins Award: Most Outstanding College Golfer in the United States
- Qualified for three US Opens. First one at the age of 16
- Currently on the PGA Tour: Best Finish was 2nd place in the 2018 Houston Open
NCAA member schools have adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete well-being. The rules define who may be involved in the recruiting process, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes.
The NCAA defines recruiting as “any solicitation of prospective student-athletes or their parents by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.”