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2017 Girls Varsity Golf
Name Grade
Kiara Boggs 11
Justine Cook 11
Rylie Edwards 12
Angela Espinosa 11
Bridget Hayden 10
Mayo Robillo 9
Sofia Sallee 11
Abrielle Wang 11
Aurel Wang 12
2017 Girls Junior Varsity Golf
Name Grade
Xiaofan (Rosa) Dong 10
Emma Donovan 11
Hanwen (Ivy) Fu 11
Alice Lee 9
Gianna Memo 11
Sydney Montague 9
Katie Redd 9
Isabella Reyes 10

History


  • Trinity/Serra/Sea View League Champions:
    • '98, '99, ’00, ‘03, '05, ‘06, ‘07, ’08, ‘09, '15 & 2016
  • Undefeated Championship Seasons:
    • 2003, 2007, 2008 & 2015
  • CIF Championship Finalists:
    • ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘06, ’07, ’08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16
  • CIF Championship Runner Up:
    • 2000 & 2010

Tryouts

Varsity

2018 SMCHS GIRLS VARSITY GOLF

TRYOUT SIGN UP FORM

If you are interested in playing on the competitive SMCHS Varsity Team, tryouts will be held in the format of an 18 hole tournament (Mon., Aug 6th at Tijeras) and 9 hole rounds at Tijeras Creek GC on Tues., Aug 7th and Thur., Aug 9th. Please keep in mind the following general criteria for playing on the Varsity team.

  • Varsity players average scores of 35-45 on nine holes
  • Varsity players play in tournaments throughout the year
  • Varsity players have an established WSCGA Handicap
  • Varsity players are in good physical shape and able to walk 18 holes
  • Varsity players want to excel on an Individual and Team level

All players interested in trying out for the Varsity team must attend at least 2 tryout dates in order to be considered for the team, (the 18 hole tournament at Tijeras is mandatory). Returning Varsity Players are also expected to attend so further evaluation of your game and scores will determine Individual Rankings. If you will be on vacation during this time it is imperative that a parent contact Coach Hegna at hegnaj@smhs.org. Students are expected to attend tryouts with their own golf clubs and proper golf attire: shorts with at least a 6” inseam, collar shirt and golf shoes. Arrive 45 min before tee times for warm up.

NOTE: Physicals must be completed/downloaded to the Trainers Office before Tryouts!

Varsity tryout dates are:

  • Mon - August 6th - 18 Hole Tournament @ Tijeras Creek for Varsity / 9 Holes for JV. All players must sign up with Tijeras Creek independently. If you are under 15 and trying out for Varsity let the Pro shop know you are playing in the Girls 18 hole event. Tee times begin at 2:00 (1:30 check in)
  • Tues - August 7th - 9 holes @Tijeras Creek. Tee times begin at 4:30
  • Wed - August 8th – No Tryouts
  • Thur - August 9th - 9 holes @Tijeras Creek. Tee times begin at 4:30

Based on the above criteria, if you are interested in trying out for the Varsity Team, please E-mail the following information to Coach Hegna at hegnaj@smhs.org, by or before Friday July 20th.

Student Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Parents Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Email Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Number: __________________________________________Grade in 2018-2019:____________________

Golf Shirt Size (please circle one): Small Medium Large XL

Hat or Visor (please circle one)

  • ______________I will be trying out for the Varsity Team on (circle two dates)

August 6th (mandatory) August 7th August 9th

Junior Varsity

2018 - SMCHS GIRLS JV GOLF TEAM - TRYOUTS

If you are interested in playing on the competitive Junior Varsity team, tryouts will be held in the format of 9 hole rounds at Tijeras Creek Golf Course. Please keep in mind the following general criteria for the JV golf team.

  • Junior Varsity team players average scores of 45-60 on nine holes

All players trying out for the Junior Varsity team must come to at least two tryout dates in order to be considered for the team. Students are expected to attend tryouts with their own golf clubs and proper golf attire: shorts with at least a 6” inseam, collar shirt and golf or tennis shoes. Arrive 45 min before tee times for warm up.

NOTE: Physicals must be completed/downloaded to the Trainers Office before Tryouts!

Junior Varsity tryout dates are:

  • Mon - August 6th - 9 Hole Tournament @ Tijeras Creek. All players must sign up with Tijeras Creek independently. Tee times begin at 2:00 (1:30 check in)
  • Tues - August 7th - 9 holes @Tijeras Creek. Tee times begin at 4:30
  • Wed - August 8th – On the Range and Putting / Chipping at 4:30 – 6:00
  • Thur - August 9th - 9 holes @Tijeras Creek. Tee times begin at 4:30

If you are interested in trying out for the Junior Varsity Team, please e-mail the following information to Coach Hegna at hegnaj@smhs.org, no later than Friday, July 20th.

Student Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Parents Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________

Email Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Number: _________________________________________________________________________________

Grade in 2018-2019:_____________________________

Golf Shirt Size (please circle one): Small Medium Large XL

Hat or Visor (please circle one)

Dates interested in trying out (please circle two):

August 6th August 7th August 8th August 9th

Frosh Soph

2018 - SMCHS GIRLS GOLF - TRYOUT SIGN UP FORM

Frosh/Sophomore Tryouts

The Frosh/Soph Tryouts will include a skills test on the driving range, chipping area, and putting greens at Tijeras Creek. You will be tested on your skills with irons, woods, chipping, and putting. You are expected to attend tryouts with your own golf clubs (if you don’t have club please let me know) and proper golf attire: shorts with at least a 6” inseam, collar shirt and golf or tennis shoes. Frosh/Soph tryouts will be held on August 7th, 8th, and 9th, from 4:00-5:00 pm. You must attend two tryouts dates to be considered for the Frosh/Soph Team. Please note that if you choose to attend the Varsity/Junior Varsity tryouts and are not selected for either of those teams, you will still be eligible to play on the Frosh/Soph team based on your grade level.

If you are interested in trying out for the Frosh/Soph Team please e-mail the following information to hegnaj@smhs.org by or before Friday, July 20th:

NOTE: Physicals must be completed/downloaded to the Trainers Office before Tryouts!

Student Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Parents Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________

Email Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone Number: _________________________________________________________________________________

Grade in 2018-2019:_____________________________

Golf Shirt Size (please circle one): Small Medium Large XL

Hat or Visor (please circle one)

Dates interested in trying out (please circle two):

August 7th August 8th August 9th

Mission

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.

Coaches

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.

JV Gold Coach: Chris DeFries

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.

Frosh/Soph Head Coach: Gracie Zwahlen

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.

Banquet

Schedule

2018 Girls Golf Varsity Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location Time Score
Tuesday 21-Aug LB WILSON LB RECREATION 2:30
Thursday 23-Aug LB WILSON COTO-SOUTH 3:00
Tuesday 28-Aug TRABUCO HILLS HS DOVE CANYON GC 3:30
Thursday 30-Aug TRABUCO HILLS HS COTO-SOUTH 3:00
Tuesday 4-Sep SAN CLEMENTE HS TALEGA GC 3:00
Thursday 6-Sep SAN CLEMENTE HS COTO-SOUTH 3:00
Tuesday 11-Sep ROSARY* WESTERN HILL GC 3:00
Thursday 13-Sep MATER DEI* SANTA ANA CC 3:30
Monday 17-Sep JSERRA* ARROYO TRABUCO TBA
Tuesday 18-Sep ORANGE LUTHERAN* BLACK GOLD 2:30
Thursday 20-Sep ROSARY* COTO- NORTH 3:00
Monday 24-Sep SAN CLEMENTE INVITATIONAL SAN CLEMENTE GC A/D
Tuesday 25-Sep JSERRA* TIJERAS CREEK GC 4:00
Monday 1-Oct LB Wilson HS - INVITATIONAL LB RECREATION A/D
Thursday 4-Oct MATER DEI* COTO- SOUTH 3:00
Thursday 11-Oct ORANGE LUTHERAN* COTO- SOUTH 3:00
TBA TBA LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TBA A/D
TBA TBA LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TBA A/D
Monday 22-Oct CIF-INDIVIDUALS TBA A/D
Monday 29-Oct CIF-TEAM TBA A/D
TBA TBA IND. & SCGA QUALIFYING TBA A/D

TBA TBA CIF-SCGA SO CA CHAMPS. TBA A/D
TBA TBA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TBA A/D

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