AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Stevy Loy is headed for the Ivy League, but before she begins the college phase of her golf career – at Columbia University in New York City – the Valencia High senior and 2005 Daily News girls golfer of the year wants to help other high school athletes be better prepared for the scholarship chase. That’s why Loy, longtime Santa Clarita Valley golf instructor Lee Breckenridge and recruiting service adviser Tom Franco are participating Thursday night in a workshop at Valencia, addressing issues they believe will help scholarship hopefuls. “I didn’t know much of anything,” Loy said of the recruiting process. “I didn’t even think about playing college golf until probably my junior year.” Then, her play started to show the value of her devotion to practice, and by the end of last summer Loy had played in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships, attracting the interest of Columbia, Georgetown and UC Riverside. Michelle Mannix of Valencia and Ali Erdman of Quartz Hill, who both have accepted scholarship offers from UC Riverside, also will participate. Loy’s father Steven and Carlos De Leon – father of 2003 Daily News girls golfer of the year Melanie De Leon of Saugus – are others involved in the workshop, which will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia multi-purpose room. “We’ll talk about a lot of things,” Stevy Loy said, “like contacting coaches, playing in the right tournaments and getting yourself out there. Maybe we can cut down some of the learning time. What I learned is there are definitely many different ways to get where you want to go.” Information: (661) 607-5956 or [email protected] Names in the game: Justin Leonard opens his title defense today in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a five-round Palm Desert tournament that annually produces some of the lowest scoring on the PGA Tour. The 47th annual event again will have pros teamed for the first four rounds with amateurs – including more than 30 sports or entertainment celebrities this week. Two-time Classic champion Phil Mickelson also is in the pro field, which includes former area collegians Olin Browne (Occidental), Jason Gore (Pepperdine) and Brandt Jobe, Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf of UCLA. Golf-specific physical trainer Michael Pauldine of Woodland Hills enjoyed a strong showing by his area high school clients in Southern Section postseason play last year. Five of them – David Lipsky of La Canada, Danny Hoffenberg of Royal of Simi Valley, Ben Fox of Oakwood of North Hollywood, Nick Geyer of Viewpoint of Calabasas and Erik Jarvey of Highland of Palmdale – advanced to the section final, and all wound up with golf scholarships. Fox (Arizona), Hoffenberg (Fresno State), Geyer (New Mexico) and Jarvey (Cal State Northridge) are now on college golf teams and La Canada senior Lipsky has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Northwestern. Pauldine believes he has a talented new client in Harvard-Westlake of Studio City freshman Glen Scher, and Harvard-Westlake’s Scott Wood – the 2005 Daily News boys golf coach of the year – agrees this first-year high school golfer has plenty of potential. “He plays to a plus-1 handicap at North Ranch,” Wood said of Scher, who finished third in the 2005 Thousand Oaks City Championship, shooting 71-67 for a 2-under-par 138 at Los Robles Greens. Darlene Bognot, a three-time Southern California finalist for Monroe of North Hills, has transferred from Cal State Northridge and will play as a sophomore at College of the Canyons next season. Valley Invitational: El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana will be the site of a new high school tournament April 3, when Harvard-Westlake will be host team for the first Valley Invitational. Wood, who has coached Harvard-Westlake to Southern Section divisional team titles the past two seasons, said Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Loyola of Los Angeles, Mira Costa, San Marcos of Santa Barbara, Hart of Newhall, Valencia, Oak Park, Brentwood and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village are in the field. He hopes to add Taft of Woodland Hills and nine-time City Section champion Granada Hills. The play-six-to-score-five competition, which will offer team and individual awards, already has top candidates in both categories. Hart senior Jason Kang, who is No. 19 in the Golfweek national junior rankings, has accepted a golf scholarship offer from UCLA. Valencia junior Louis Amira qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur last summer and shot 63 in winning an American Junior Golf Association event in New Mexico. Oaks Christian senior James Dalthorp has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Arizona State. San Marcos is a perennial contender for Southern Section and Southern California boys titles. More reality: Golf Magazine is accepting online registration through next week for the St. Joseph Pressure Challenge, a taped-for-television golf-reality special scheduled to be aired by CBS in two segments prior to PGA Tour events in May. David Feherty will be host for the reality show, which will have average golfers – all with a handicap index of 8 or higher – competing for $250,000. Information: www.stjosephpressurechallenge.com. Dave Shelburne’s golf column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!