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Lessons could pay off for local teams

Jeff Tully

It’s not often local athletes get an opportunity to receive expert

instruction for free.

However, some local golfers from Burbank and Burroughs highs have

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spent the summer perfecting their games with no-cost golf lessons at

De Bell Municipal Golf Course.

Players were able to take part in lessons because of a grant that

was drafted and applied for by Burroughs Coach Mike Krose.

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The Pay Grant was for $5,700 and it was used to fund private

lessons for boys’ and girls’ athletes from both schools.

Almost all the girls’ golfers from Burbank and Burroughs took

advantage of the program.

“It is kind of a requirement that all my girls take advantage of

the lessons,” Krose said.

“So they were out there during the summer practicing and working

of different aspects of their game.”

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First-year Burbank Coach Jackie Friedman said she is thankful to

Krose for putting in the time and the effort to get the grant to help

the city’s young golfers.

“I think it is great for the girls,” she said. “It is a very good

opportunity for the players to get the instruction they need to play

well. Almost all of my girls have been taking part in the program

this summer.

“I also give a lot of credit to Mike for making this all happen.

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This is a very important step for the local players.”

Krose said he is in the process of applying for another grant that

would keep the lessons going.

With lessons under their belts, the girls’ golfers from Burbank

and Burroughs are ready to apply their skills to the 2003 season.

Here is a look at how the season is shaping up:

BURROUGHS

After finishing fourth in 2002 in the competitive Foothill League,

the Indians return a team that lost four key players.

“We lost four seniors and our No. 1 player,” Krose said. “So

essentially, we are starting over.

“We have a team of players who have a lot of potential, but we

just don’t have the experience. So we will just have to wait and see

how they respond to the competition.”

Burroughs does return a trio of juniors, Danielle Caffey, Jenn

Jennings and Kelli Lowers.

The team is also packed with sophomores and freshmen who could

make an impact. The sophomores are Mishel Mahan and Leslie Mora, and

the freshmen are Tara Trammel and Destanie Michaels.

Junior Rose Pierson should also contribute.

“Out of the freshmen, Tara could turn out to be a very good golfer

down the road,” Krose said.

In league competition, Krose said he expects Saugus to be the

favorite for the championship.

BURBANK

The Bulldogs will probably have the finest golfer in the league in

junior Grace Woo.

Woo has spent the summer traveling around the country taking part

in American Junior Golf Assn. tournaments.

In June, Woo qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Brooklawn

Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. The national event featured some of

the finest young female golfers in the nation -- including

13-year-old sensation Michelle Wie from Hawaii.

Woo was the Foothill League Player of the Year as a freshman in

2001, and advanced to the CIF-Southern California Golf Assn. Girls’

Individual Championship. However last season, she was hampered by

ligament damage in her wrist and took time off for personal reasons.

“Grace is just a great all-around player,” Friedman said. “We’re

hoping she will be the best golfer in the league.”

Unfortunately for Friedman and the Bulldogs, the team will feature

just five players -- the minimum needed for an official match.

Friedman said she is expecting Catie Ahn, Annie Chang, Catherine

Park and Michelle Chow to make the team competitive.

Friedman has had her share of success in golf in the past, playing

for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and collegiately for Southern Illinois.


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