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.
Varsity Assistant Coach - Jimmy Patton
Bio coming soon!
JV Blue Head Coach- Wade Fraser
Coach Wade Fraser is looking forward to his first year as a member of the coaching staff for the Santa Margarita Boys Golf Team. Coach Fraser joined the Santa Margarita Faculty and Staff in 2008 as the Director/Head Coach of Boys Soccer. During his time at SM, he has been a Strength Coach, an Athletic Director, and is currently an instructor of Sports Medicine.
Coach Fraser attended Southern Methodist University where he played Division 1 soccer and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In 2010 he earned his master's degree in exercise science from The University of California Pennsylvania.
Coach Fraser currently resides in Foothill with his wife Jennie and two sons, Bram (SM Class of '23) and Gavin.
JV Gold Head Coach- Noah Cook
- New Player Qualifying
- JV/Frosh-Soph Qualifying
- Varsity Shootout
- Program Fee
- Golf Club Storage
- Scoring Standards
Boys Golf is a Spring Sport and runs February through May. Sign-ups for all Golfers is Wednesday, August 30 at 2:45 in the Athletic Office in the R Building. If a player is absent that day or misses signing up, then he can email Coach Tinker at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for tryouts.
All NEW golfers (majority are freshmen) must take part in a driving range session on Monday, September 25 (3:00) at Tijeras Creek GC to be considered for the program. Athletic Clearance is required for participation. Proper attire is also required. You must wear a collared shirt, with slacks or shorts. Shirt should be tucked in, and a belt is worn. No jeans or cargo shorts are allowed. Golf shoes are not required for tryouts. You are responsible for your own equipment and transportation to the golf course.
All New Players along with returning Junior Varsity and Frosh-Soph players will tryout on Monday, October 30th (3:00) at Oso Creek GC and Thursday, November 2 (2:00) at Tijeras Creek GC. These dates may change depending on course availability. Players will play 9-holes of golf. Proper attire is required. A make-up date in November will be scheduled for those players unable to attend because of any conflict with fall sports or other reasons.
Varsity Shootouts will take place in November 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 later.
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 (9 golfers)9-hole scoring averages should be +4 or below. This average varies from year to year.
Junior Varsity Blue (9-10 golfers)Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen may be on this team. Qualifying 9-hole average on the JV team should be between 40-48.
Junior Varsity Gold-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 48-57.
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 at Pebble Beach, California. The Eagle Varsity team also competes at the Champions Invitational (Palm Desert, 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.”