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Koon takes golf to classroom

September 17, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For a year Brawley Union High School's Alissa Koon has almost been consumed by golf.

She virtually eats golf, breathes golf and one would be naive to think that an occasional dream about golf didn't slip in.

She hasn't been groomed since her early years to be a golf standout like many high school golfers. The 17-year-old Koon actually began playing the sport about this time last year.

In that time she has become one of the best high school girl golfers in the Imperial Valley.

The reigning Imperial Valley League girls golf player of the year is taking her love for the game off the greens and fairways of local courses and taking her knowledge to the classroom.

A senior at Brawley High, Koon has decided to do her senior project on golf. The project is mandatory for seniors to graduate. The student must complete a physical project to go with a written essay on a subject of the student's choosing, with the results presented near the end of the school year.


"At first I really didn't know what to do my senior project on," said Koon. "But last year (coach) Mike (Romero) mentioned that one of us on the team should do our senior project on golf. So it wasn't until this summer, during the (Imperial Valley Junior Golf Association season) that I decided to do it."

Koon will write about the history of women in golf, focusing on the LPGA. The written aspect of her project is probably the easiest portion for her. Things have been a little tougher for her physical project, which is to put on her own golf tournament.

Named the Pink Lady Classic Golf Tournament, it is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Del Rio Country Club in Brawley. As of Friday she had only six people signed up to play.

She initially wanted to have 24 foursomes, which would be a total of 96 players. But considering the lack of participation, she said she would consider dropping that number to about 50 players. It also was supposed to be a tournament strictly for women, but she has since opened it up for men.

"I really didn't think that getting people to play in this would be a problem at all. But it's been tougher than I thought," said Koon. "It really is kind of disappointing that people aren't signing up. I've been putting in a lot of work trying to make this happen and to only have six people so far is pretty disappointing."

An option she could have taken was having the tournament later in the year. But the proceeds are set to go to the Wildcats' golf team. Should it be played at a later date, the team wouldn't be able to buy new uniforms for this season.

Should things not work out for this weekend, Koon said the latest it could be moved back is sometime in October.

While she has learned more about what it takes to put on a tournament, she also has gained experience on the business end of her project.

"I've been able to learn more about business dealings and how things really work," said Koon. "I knew that whenever I went somewhere to ask about donations, I wasn't going to get what I wanted from every place I went to. It's been difficult, but I've been able to work through it."

While things look fairly bleak right now, Koon said as a whole, she isn't really disappointed with how things have been going.

"I have none at all because I knew this wasn't going to be easy," Koon said. "But I just hope everything comes together and works out."

Registration is still being accepted for the tournament, with entry fees at $60 per player. For more information about the tournament call Koon at 344-9922 or Romero at 344-2554.

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