BANDON, Ore. – Emily Tubert and her dad, Marcelo, began the week in Bandon fly fishing. Marcelo, a Hollywood actor, hasn’t actually hit a ball himself this year but felt the game’s emotions as he looped for Emily, often standing on the greens with his arm around her 5-foot-11-inch frame.
Max Do also worked hard for his oldest daughter, Brianna, looping 35 holes on a sun-splashed day at Bandon Trails. Max hasn’t been able to play 18 holes since he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer several years ago. This is a demanding, but special week for the Do (pronounced “dough”) family.
“He’s trying to stay strong, and I don’t think I want anyone else on the bag,” Brianna said.
Do, a senior at UCLA, defeated Tubert, 1 up, in a tightly-contested third-round match at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Tubert, a sophomore at Arkansas, won the WAPL last year in her USGA debut.
“She just stepped up when she needed to and made putts, and I did not,” said Tubert, who cranks the ball off the tee and, according to Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, is just as solid on the greens.
Tubert was 2 up at the midway point despite an eagle from Do on the par-4 8th. Do drove the green from 243 yards and made a 15-footer.
It was another short par 4, No. 14, that ultimately shifted the match’s momentum in Do’s direction. She again drove the green and made a clutch two-putt birdie to bring the match back to all square. An errant drive from Tubert on No. 15 led to an unplayable lie, and she squandered several birdie chances down the closing stretch.
“That’s all right,” Tubert said. “You live and learn.”
Do is one of three Bruins to advance to the quarterfinals. She’ll face fellow senior Stephanie Kono, who is a staple in these events. Teammate Tiffany Lua also advanced.
UCLA won the NCAA Championship in May, but Do was not part of the starting five. She since has changed swing coaches and found extra motivation.
“It sucks that I wasn’t there, but at the same time I’m pushing them to get better,” she said.
Do lives in Lakewood, Calif., and her father, a native of Vietnam, owns a Charley’s Steakery franchise. Do enjoys baking desserts from scratch. Her recent creation: chocolate chip cookies that have Oreo inside. “A cookie within a cookie,” Do wrote on her bio sheet.
Tubert followed in her father’s footsteps early in life but never caught the acting bug. She appeared in a Pacific Air commercial at age 2, feeding ducks by a pond. Her parents decided to take her to auditions until one day, as they were driving over the hill into Hollywood, a young Tubert said she didn’t want to go. Tubert doesn’t remember saying that, but she then turned her attention to sports.
Marcelo Tubert has had small parts in many popular TV shows, including “ER,” “The West Wing” and “Seinfeld.” Emily’s favorite roles: When dad played in a Disney Channel Series called “Cory in the House” (she was on set) and his performance as manager of The Venetian in “Miss Congeniality 2.”
Tubert had plenty of her own auditions as a junior golfer. Estes-Taylor remembers the first time she saw Tubert hit a ball at an AJGA tournament at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. Tubert didn’t break 80 that round, but the Arkansas coach knew she had stumbled upon an athlete with vast potential.
“I saw her hit one shot and I called (our assistant coach) and said ‘There’s this kid from LA; she’s a beast, and I love it,’ ” Estes-Taylor said.
Tubert will be back. Bandon Dunes merely was the second act.