Anton Arboleda grabbed his driver, removing the head cover, a bear surrounded by blue and gold — the mascot, colors and insignia of the UCLA Bruins.
It's Arboleda's skill with a driver, and all the other clubs in his golf bag, which has helped him land a spot at his dream school, UCLA, on a partial golf scholarship. In the fall, he will begin classes in Westwood, only months after graduating from La Cañada High, where he made a name for himself in the sport.
The 17-year old Arboleda started honing his prowess with a club when he was just 3, going out to the driving range with his dad, Antonio. Over the past 14 years, the senior Arboleda hasn't played golf much himself, focusing instead on helping his son's game.
"My dad has pretty much been my coach throughout my whole career," Anton Arboleda said. "He has been there and helped me with anything."