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By Steve Virgen | July 24, 2013
When Alexander Yang was 4 he went to the driving range with his father and mother, and eventually he complained. Yang didn't whine because he wanted to leave. "He used to cry and say, 'it's my turn to hit the ball,'" said Nancy Wong, Yang's mother. Soon enough, Yang was striking golf balls, and with precision. Now at 10 he's become one of the top golfers in the nation for his age group. You could actually say the Newport Coast resident is the best in the world among his peers.
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May 31, 2013
Corona del Mar High's Chase Wheatley saw his prep golf career come to an end Thursday in Pasadena, but he took pride in a strong finish to his senior season. Wheatley shot one-over-par 73 and did not finish in the top six to advance from the CIF/SCGA Regional Qualifier at Brookside Golf Club. He finished with two birdies and three bogeys. "I felt like overall I'm very pleased with the season," said Wheatley, bound for Rutgers. "From how the season started out, I was pretty hot and then I had a rough slump in the middle and picked it up in the end. Overall, I finished off on a high note, which is nice.
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May 25, 2013
Laird Hayes, the NFL referee and a Newport Beach resident, was among several "celebrities" who helped raise $90,000 at the inaugural KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament April 29 at Aliso Viejo Country Club, according to a KidWorks press release. In addition to Hayes, former USC quarterback Paul McDonald, former UCLA quarterbacks Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook, former USC fullback Brandon Hancock and former USC linebacker and New England Patriots linebacker Thomas Williams were on hand for the golf tournament.
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May 22, 2013
Samantha Chan has signed a national letter of intent with the UC Irvine women's golf program, Anteaters coach Julie Brooks said recently. Chan, out of Campolindo High near Sacramento, earned second-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors in 2012. She was undefeated in league as a senior and won the Marin County Junior Tournament in 2011. "Samantha is a great addition to our team," Brooks said. "She is athletic, a solid ball striker and will contribute to the team immediately.
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By Steve Virgen | May 21, 2013
Chase Wheatley, a Corona del Mar High senior, did his best to play smart at the CIF Southern Section Individual Final Championship at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc Monday. The wind only created a more challenging round on the tricky course. But Wheatley continually tried to stick to a conservative game plan in his attempt to advance. Wheatley, just as he did last week, didn't have a great start. But he finished strong. He shot four-over-par 76 and was among the top 28 to advance to the CIF/SCGA Regional Qualifier at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena May 30. He is one step away from the state tournament.
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May 3, 2013
UC Irvine women's golfers Michelle Park and Luciane Lee have been selected to participate as individuals in the NCAA West Regional, May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course. Park, a senior, has posted four top-10 finishes this season and leads UCI with a 75.33 scoring average. Lee, a freshman, has a 76.05 scoring average. She was second at the Fresno State tournament and third at the Juli Inkster Invitational. The top eight teams and top two individuals from three total regional sites will advance to the championship finals, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
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April 24, 2013
WOMEN'S GOLF Big West Championships SAN LUIS OBISPO — Junior Ronnie Valerio finished tied for fifth and senior Michelle Park tied for seventh in the event completed Tuesday at San Luis Obispo Golf and Country Club. The Anteaters had a 54-hole total of 922, 41 shots off the pace of victorious UC Davis and 12 behind runner-up Long Beach State. Valerio shot 226, while Park shot 227. Freshman Luciane Lee tied for 17th at 234, while Sara Banke tied for 22nd at 235 and sophomore Brenna Carlson tied for 28th at 242. BASEBALL UC Irvine 1, Pacific 0 STOCKTON — Junior Andrew Morales pitched 81/3 shutout innings to improve to 9-0 and extend his scoreless-innings streak to 222/3 to help the visiting Anteaters win the rubber game of the Big West Conference series Sunday.
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April 19, 2013
BOYS' GOLF Newport Harbor 203, Fountain Valley 207 NEWPORT BEACH - Mason Moody's eagle on No. 8 highlighted the Sailors' Sunset League win Thursday at Big Canyon Country Club. Moody, who shot one-over-par 37, holed out from 195 yards out on the par-four hole. Landon Knight (38), Brandon Willett (41), Thomas Terry (43) and Brad Tapfer (44) also scored for Newport Harbor (12-4, 6-2 in league). Fountain Valley's Andre Vu (35) was the medalist. Newport Harbor next competes in the Estancia tournament Monday at Mesa Verde Country Club.
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April 19, 2013
Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player Jack McBean, the former Corona del Mar High standout, and NFL official Laird Hayes highlight those involved in the inaugural KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament at Aliso Viejo Country Club April 29. In addition to McBean and Hayes, former athletes expected to appear are former USC great Paul McDonald, former UCLA quarterback Wayne Cook, former USC fullback Brandon Hancock and former UCLA quarterback Matt Stevens....
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