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48 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Shaheen Iqbal has been instrumental in his daughter's and son's success Shaheen Iqbal moved to the U.S. from Bangladesh 30 years ago and has taught golf for 12 years. He is an independent instructor at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose. Sabrina Iqbal , 16, of San Jose is a four-time NCGA Junior Tour Player of the Year and leads the points race again this year. She was the NCGA Women's Player of the Year in 2016 and '17. In addition to titles at many junior events, she won the California Women's Amateur Championship in 2016 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the NCGA Women's Amateur Championship in 2017 at Poppy Hills. She also won the San Francisco City Women's Open Championship twice. She has committed to play college golf at Texas Christian University. Sebastian Iqbal , 15, of San Jose, has won multiple Junior Tour of Northern California events and ranks fourth on this year's points list. He has commit- ted to play college golf at University of Wisconsin. S HAHEEN IQBAL KNOWS A FEW THINGS about coaching young talent. Aside from being a PGA of America teaching professional, Iqbal has helped his children, Sabrina and Sebastian, ascend the ranks of Northern California juniors. Sabrina, 16, is a four-time NCGA Junior Tour Player of the Year and again leads the points race this season, while Sebastian, 15, ranks fourth this year. Iqbal says it all starts with solid contact derived from a player keeping their hands ahead of the ball at impact, shifting their weight aggressively to their left sides and simply rotating through impact without flipping their hands. And he wants his players to spend most of their practice time on the course or on the practice green, largely skipping the range unless there is something specifically wrong with their swing or shot pattern. BY JASON LUSK PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KAUFMAN ALL IN THE FAMILY

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