Newport Harbor Prime senior Wa Yeung Tong has a decision to strengthen in golfing, regardless of any demanding situations thrown her means.

Tong, who lived in China till she used to be 13 and likewise is going through Cathy, didn’t pick out up the game till halfway via her freshman 12 months. That didn’t prevent her from being the fastest learner that Scott Tarnow has noticed in 20 years because the Sailors trainer.

The one factor that might prevent Tong used to be an damage, and that struck over the summer season. Her left wrist began hurting in June, however true to shape, that didn’t prevent her from taking part in for greater than a month.

Tong’s mom knew concerning the damage, however Tong stated she nonetheless didn’t disclose the entire extent of the ache.

“I’d been telling her that it used to be more or less harm, however I didn’t inform her the whole thing,” Tong stated. “I didn’t need to prevent. Other folks all the time say that during golfing, when you don’t apply for 3 days, your self. For those who don’t apply for 5 days, your trainer will know. However when you don’t apply for seven days, the ranking will display that. I didn’t need to prevent {golfing} on account of my damage.”

The ache in her wrist in spite of everything were given so dangerous that Tong used to be pressured to withdraw from the Kia Junior Championship, an AJGA match in early August at Palos Verdes Golfing Membership. When she went again to Hong Kong for just about a month to talk over with circle of relatives, she didn’t golfing. Tong neglected a couple of early fits for the Sailors prior to beginning the game up once more in overdue September.

The wrist continues to be sore, and Tong nonetheless wears kinesiology tape when she performs. However she is taking a look increasingly like a golfer who’s previous that damage and peaking to finish her highschool profession.

Tong, the Wave League runner-up, gained the CIF Southern Segment Person Southern Regional event at Los Serranos Nation Membership’s South direction in Chino Hills on Oct. 29. Her school-record spherical used to be six-under-par 68, and that integrated 8 birdies.


Newport Harbor’s Cathy Tong tees off at the 11th hollow within the CIF Southern Segment Person Southern Regional event at Los Serranos Nation Membership in Chino Hills on Oct. 29.

(Kevin Chang / Workforce Photographer)

She went directly to shoot a three-over-par 75 on Thursday on the CIF Southern Segment/SCGA Person event at Western Hills Nation Membership in Chino Hills, tying for 12th position. Tong used to be considered one of 28 golfers to transport directly to the CIF Southern California Regional championship, which takes position Nov. 14 at Brookside Golfing & Nation Membership in Pasadena.

She is one event clear of the CIF State championship, which is Nov. 19 at Poppy Hills Golfing Path in Pebble Seaside. Tarnow stated no Newport Harbor golfer in his 20 years has made it there. The nearest used to be Natalie Draganza, who went directly to play at Boston School. Draganza got here inside a stroke as a junior in 2004.

“I assumed Cathy had an improbable shot of advancing [at the CIF Individual Southern Regional],” Tarnow stated. “To mention that I assumed she may just win the entire thing? I used to be now not considering that. What’s superb, and what I’ve by no means noticed in my 20 years of training, is the rate with which she’s taken herself to the extent that she’s at.

“She in reality didn’t even know she shot six-under. She concept she shot like three-under, so she wasn’t truly taking note of her ranking. One of the rawness of the way lengthy she’s been taking part in golfing more or less is helping her just a little bit, I believe, simply with going out and taking part in and now not getting stuck up within the second. I’m now not precisely positive if she is aware of precisely what she did, so far as successful CIF. The names within the event … a few of the ones ladies are AJGA champions they usually’re going to large Department 1 colleges.”

Tong stated she additionally desires to play in school, and most likely professionally. Her power and backbone have got her a ways, even though she wouldn’t name herself a difficult employee.

“When folks say you’re running truly onerous, it’s since you’re running on one thing you don’t like,” she stated. “For me, I don’t suppose I’m running onerous for golfing. I’m simply taking part in … For golfing, I’m simply getting higher and having amusing and taking part in the sport. I love it, so I don’t suppose I’m attempting onerous or running onerous on it.”

Alternatively a ways Tong finally ends up stepping into her senior 12 months, her good fortune tale is one who Tarnow is not going to quickly overlook. This 12 months represented her first time advancing previous the CIF Person Southern Regional event; ultimate 12 months she shot an 81 and misplaced a playoff to transport on.

She were given into the game virtually unintentionally. She bumped into Tarnow at the Newport Harbor campus as a freshman and spotted the phrase “golfing” on his blouse.

“I will be able to nonetheless completely visualize these kind of little steppingstones,” Tarnow stated. “The primary day, simply the illuminate in her face. She used to be like, ‘I really like this!’ I’ve by no means truly noticed any one say that. She used to be there for hours and would hit ball after ball. Then I’d slowly educate her new issues. I’d take her out to the golfing direction and we’d play two holes, or 3 holes.

“The primary time she in reality performed 9 holes, I believe she shot a 48. She made two birdies. I imply, it used to be simply implausible. She in reality lipped out and virtually made a double eagle. And it used to be lower than a 12 months later that she used to be taking pictures within the 70s … She’s simply completely falling in love with golfing. It’s simply very uncooked and wealthy, very dynamic. Cool to be part of that.”


Newport Harbor senior Wa Yeung Tong’s subsequent event is the CIF Southern California Regional championship on Thursday at Brookside Golfing & Nation Membership in Pasadena.

(Kevin Chang / Workforce Photographer)

Wa Yeung Tong

Born: March 7, 2002

Fatherland: Hong Kong, China

Peak: five toes 6

Game: Golfing

Yr: Senior

Trainer: Scott Tarnow

Favourite meals: Vanilla ice cream

Favourite film: “Venture: Unattainable – Fallout”

Favourite athletic second: Successful the CIF Southern Segment Person Southern Regional event on Oct. 29 at Los Serranos Nation Membership’s South direction in Chino Hills.

Week in assessment: Tong shot a program-record six-under-par spherical of 68, together with 8 birdies, to win the CIF Person Southern Regional event.


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