GERALD ZAR has the unique distinction of winning the first L.A. Open Junior Mascot Tournament at the Riviera Country Club, when he was eleven years old. After graduating from San Pedro High, Zar parlayed his successful junior golf record into a scholarship to play for USC. At USC, Zar earned 2nd Team All- American honors in 1960 and the Trojans won three straight Pac-8 championships during his tenure. In his last season with USC, the team placed 3rd at the NCAA national championships. After completing his college career, Zar joined the PGA tour.