Five-year-old from Los Altos proves to be ace of clubs

Courtesy of Bill Schlough
Xavier Schlough, 5, carded a hole-in-one last week at Deep Cliff Golf Course.

As a 5-year-old, Los Altos resident Xavier Schlough has done something most golfers won’t achieve in a lifetime – make a hole-in-one.

Xavier bagged his ace Aug. 31 on the 17th hole at Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino, according to his dad, Bill Schlough.


Golfer reaches regional round of PGA contest

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Joelle Kim, who took up golf a year ago, is a win away from making it to the final of the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

At just 9 years old, Joelle Kim has an opportunity many golfers dream of – she gets to compete at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash.

After making it through local and subregional eliminations in the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, the Oak Avenue School fourth-grader has advanced to the upcoming regional final scheduled Sept. 12 at Chambers Bay – site of this year’s U.S. Open Championship.


Kim plays in what could be her final USGA Women's Amateur

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Lauren Kim of Los Altos qualified for match play at last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur.

Last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur not only marked Lauren Kim’s last golf tournament of the summer – it may prove to be her final amateur event as well. The Los Altos resident has designs on turning pro after she graduates from Stanford University next spring.

So Kim was hoping for a better performance at the USGA’s biggest amateur event of the year, played Aug. 10-16 in Oregon. Kim had no trouble making it past stroke play – posting two solid rounds at the Portland Golf Club – but she was eliminated in the opening round of match play. Kim lost in 19 holes to Mika Liu of Beverly Hills.


Chamber tourney deemed a success

Courtesy of Julie Rose
The foursome of Tom Rees, from left, John Howard, Denise Anstett and Tom Rees Jr. won last week’s 26th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

Last week’s 26th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament “was our most successful to date,” according to event chairman Sam Pesner.

“We had a large contingent of golfers, perfect weather and very generous sponsors, ” Pesner said of the tournament, held Aug. 3 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.


Los Altos Boy Scouts earn Golf Merit Badges at Blackberry Farm

Courtesy of Tim Verceles
Boy Scouts from Troop 103 recently earned Golf Merit Badges. Kneeling, from left: Alok Sonthalia (merit badge counselor), Tanay Sonthalia and Allen Dao. Standing: Eric Choksi (golf merit badge counselor), Paran Sonthalia, Chetan Choksi, Jonathan Verceles, James Harunaga, Luke Sherill and Stefan Knezevich. Not pictured: Tim Verceles (merit badge counselor).

Boy Scouts from Troop 103, based at St. Simon Parish in Los Altos, last month earned their Golf Merit Badges at Blackberry Farm Golf Course in Cupertino.

Eric Choksi, merit badge counselor and Eagle Scout, led the merit badge course. Alok Sonthalia and Tim Verceles served as the other counselors. Participants included Boy Scouts Allen Dao, Chetan Choksi, James Harunaga, Stefan Knezevich., Luke Sherill, Paran Sonthalia, Tanay Sonthalia and Jonathan Verceles.


Singh is in the swing

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Los Altos resident Simar Singh prepares to drive the ball during a recent event at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

While golf is a leisurely game for some, it can be taxing for competitive players like Simar Singh.

Following back-to-back tournaments in Arkansas and Palm Desert with the California Junior Girls State Championship – which she won July 3 in Carmel after playing six rounds in four days – Singh was spent.


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