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Roger Maltbie, Cory McElyea and Kay Cockerill Host Junior Clinic In Santa Cruz

Roger Maltbie, Cory McElyea and Kay Cockerill Host Junior Day in Santa Cruz

April 21, 2014

SCruzKids got a treat this past Easter weekend at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz, and they didn’t have to hunt for it.

On Saturday, DeLaveaga and longtime head pro Tim Loustalot hosted Santa Cruz Junior Golf Day, a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz County Junior Golf Association.

Among those on hand to give their support and put on a clinic for the juniors were current NBC and ESPN broadcaster Roger Maltbie, current NBC and The Golf Channel broadcaster Kay Cockerill and Santa Cruz resident Cory McElyea, winner of the 2013 California State Amateur Championship. Also showing up was the hardware from McElyea’s State Am victory, the historic Edward B. Tufts Trophy, which also bears the names of Bobby Clampett, Mark O’Meara and Johnny Miller.

“I have a hard time saying no to kids,” said Maltbie, a former PGA Tour member who acted as emcee of the event. “I try to do these things as much as possible if I have the time.”

Cockerill too, said she was more than happy to give back to the juniors.

McElyea

“This is great. To me it’s a no-brainer to be here,” said Cockerill, a former LPGA Tour member who grew up in Los Gatos but often drove over the hill to play DeLaveaga. “Tim Loustalot guided me through a lot of my career. It brings back so many memories to be here. I remember we’d get in a round and then head to the beach.”

During the free clinic, Maltbie had McElyea talk about his pre-round warm-up routine. After a few wedge shots, McElyea moved on to hitting some full iron shots, including cuts and fades. McElyea, a senior at University of San Francisco, then awed the gallery with some bombs using a hybrid.

“There are two main components to ball flight,” Maltbie told the audience. “Swing path and the club angle.”

McElyea, who grooved his game at DeLaveaga, recalled that as a kid he had anger issues on the course.

“I live in the moment and I can get frustrated. What I learned was that when you get mad after a bad shot, you have to take a deep breath and let everything out,” McElyea told the crowd. “You have to stay within the rhythm of your golf swing. Don’t get outside of yourself.”

McElyea will look to get his name etched on the Edward B. Tufts Trophy for a second time when the 2014 California State Amateur tees off June 16-21 at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.

Following the clinic, a special VIP reception was held, with all proceeds benefitting the Santa Cruz County Junior Golf Association.

 -Jerry Stewart

Author: Jerry Stewart

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