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Foundation Scholar Wins Championship for a more traditional route and sent letters to his family and friends. He asked them to help him raise money through a program with the American Junior Golf Association. He participated in the AJGA’s “Birdies for Char-ity” campaign, in which juniors ask people to donate a certain amount of money for every birdie made. Since Yamaguchi is a plus-1 golfer who doesn’t have trouble making birdies, he suggested that folks donate a flat fee. “They were really supportive,” he said. “They came up with $1,800.” The USGA also matched $800 through the program. Yamaguchi said the AJGA made it easy to volunteer in its leadership program and complete the task. “We are extremely pleased and honored to be working with a junior like Clayton Yamaguchi for the second year,” said Beth Dockter, the AJGA’s vice president of special projects. “His willingness to give back and make an impact in his community is an inspiration to us all.” Yamaguchi said he is impressed by the contribu-tions his father, Kevin, an accountant, has made to worthwhile causes. He’s also come to realize how much his father and mother, Roblay, a dental hygienist, do for their children. (His sister, Lynley, also plays on Venice High’s golf team.) “My dad supports charities,” Yamaguchi said. “When there was a natural disaster in Thailand with the tsunami, he gave money. He gave to [victims of ] Hurricane Katrina. He’s always supported the Red Cross. “It’s always good to give back. I’m really lucky to have all the stuff I have and do what I do. I would like to keep giving back as much as I can.” Of his fundraising total, $300 went to relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and $700 went to the AJGA. “I’m Japanese, so it’s important I help them,” he said. Yamaguchi has played golf since he was a young boy, going to the driving range with his father, and has played competitively since the age of 8. An accomplished student with a 4.0 grade-point average, he’s been working on college application essays, one of which dealt with his family. Yama-SCGA.ORG Kristin Grimes, who has been active in SCGA Foundation programs for the past several years, recently won the CCCAA Women’s Golf State Championship as a member of the College of the Canyons golf team. Grimes, a founding member of the SCGA Foundation’s G.A.M.E. Club, spoke at a Friends of the Foundation event at Wilshire CC in 2011 and also played in the Foundation’s Golf Marathon. She has participated in The First Tee of South Los Angeles since 2003, a year after she took up the game of golf. A freshman at College of the Canyons, Grimes said, “It feels great to be the state champion, and now I’m motivated to prove that I can do it again.” JANUAR Y/FEBRUAR Y 2012 | FORE Magazine | 49

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