There are a lot of good people in the world of professional golf. Whether you are a touring professional, or a golf professional at a local golf course, the number of high character individuals in our game is way too high to mention. I have spent time with many great professionals during my 17 years in Southern California. None are any finer than Valencia Country Club’s new Director of Golf, Hide Yoshinaga. I have known Hide for nearly 16 years. Our friendship was established while we were both golf professional’s at separate private golf courses in the San Fernando Valley. During that time, Hide and I helped to organize a Junior Team Play League between five nearby clubs. I always appreciated Hide’s patience with his young team, and it was evident that the kids enjoyed him as their mentor. The league dissipated as our core group of juniors grew older, but my friendship with Hide still exists today. Hide Yoshinaga grew up in the Pacific Palisades. He first became interested in the game of golf when his father introduced it to him when he was 12 years old. A few years later, Hide’s family moved to Guam, and Hide finished high school there. However, he soon returned to his beloved Southern California roots in 1994 when he became a student at Pepperdine University in Malibu. It was at Pepperdine that Hide formed a friendship with fellow Valencia native, Jason Gore. Hide and Jason were both members of the men’s golf team that won the 1997 NCAA Men’s National Championship! What an amazing accomplishment! Hide’s journey as a PGA Professional has gained him experience at many top facilities throughout our area. He even spent some time working in Japan, before moving back to California. Most recently, Hide was the PGA Professional at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. However, when the opportunity to come to Valencia Country Club beckoned, Hide was quick to bring his family to Valencia. Hide was hired, and became Director of Golf on November 7. Hide and I recently spent some time together reminiscing about the old days, and discussing what he hopes to bring to Valencia Country Club. He is a very driven and passionate about his new position, and I am certain that he will do his best to showcase Valencia Country Club to this wonderful community. He, along with General Manager Mike Nix, have an exciting vision for the club moving forward. I am always happy to see my friends do well, and I am excited to have Hide become a part of our golf community. Valencia Country Club is fortunate to have him, and I wish him nothing but success in this new endeavor.