has enjoyed Pepsi Tour challenge
Steve 'Bo' Boveri, of Newbury Park, has helped a number of future PGA stars get their starts during his 10 plus years as director of the Pepsi Golf Tour.
It's been more than 10 years since Steve "Bo" Boveri agreed to take the Pepsi challenge.
While the hours are at times long and require the Newbury Park resident to spend a lot of time on the road, it's truly a labor of love for Boveri
"We're filling a need by giving young players a place they can come and get some experience, and that makes me feel good," Boveri
Boveri said Huh was in his late teens when he started playing at the Pepsi Tour's weekly Twilight tournament at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena every Wednesday.
"John's only professional experience before he
went to Korea to play on that tour was playing in our events at Brookside," Boveri
gets great satisfaction out of seeing former Pepsi Tour players succeed, he's
equally proud that his
tour continues to give local pros a place to play.
Former Westlake High standout J.T. Kohut, who has been a regular on the the Pepsi Tour for many years, has topped the tour's money list several times and is leading it this year with $8,896.
For $125, a player can play in the tour's weekly event at Brookside and typically have a chance to win $500 or more.
usually gets 25 to 40 pros, but to ensure players keep participating, Boveri
personally texts players to remind them about upcoming tournaments.
"I feel strongly about what we're doing, so I do my best to remind guys we're here," Boveri
said players today are better than they were when he
Improved training and equipment are helping players shoot better scores now than they did 10 years ago.
"We have more younger players involved," Boveri
"When I started they were not a factor, but now they are."
got into the golf business in 1995 after taking an early retirement from GTE
He wasn't ready to completely stop working, so the avid golfer decided to get a position in the golf industry.
first job was washing golf carts two days a week at Wood Ranch
, but it didn't take long for Boveri
to accept more responsibility.
He ascended to the position of tournament director at the club and eventually took on the same duties at Sunset Hills Country Club.
"I enjoyed building a relationship with people in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks," Boveri
"I worked with a lot of charity groups in the area and being able to help them put on a tournament and raise money was very rewarding."
Despite that success, the Wood Ranch owner told Boveri
two days before Thanksgiving that the club wanted to go in another direction.
A few days later, Don Winchester, executive director for the Pepsi Tour, called and offered Boveri the tournament director job.
"Losing my job at Wood Ranch
was difficult, but it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened because it got me involved with the Pepsi Tour," Boveri