Feb. 22, 2007
Junior Corey Utsurogi will give weekly commentary right here throughout the women's golf team's 2007 season as part of the new Bronco Blogs feature on santaclarabroncos.com. With the spring season now underway, Utsurogi will give Bronco fans an inside view of what it is like to be a student-athlete at Santa Clara.
Utsurogi returns for her junior year after having a strong campaign in 2006 in which she posted four Top-25 finishes. Utsurogi should be a leader for the Broncos as they contend for the WCC title this spring.
No More Black Shadow
Wednesday, February 21, 2006, 10:46 p.m.
Hello everyone! My name is Corey Utsurogi and I'm a junior on the women's golf team. So it looks like I've gotten a bit of a late start on this blog ... I guess it's about time the black shadow-like figure representing the women's golf team is replaced with me! I've never really written a blog before so I apologize in advance if my random ramblings bore you. Lack of creativity aside, I'm pretty excited to let you all in on the crazy life we student-golfers live every day. I'll try my best to give you the inside dish of our team.
First let me update you on the beginning part of our season:
After what seemed like weeks and weeks of practice, we finally started the season off with a solid 3rd place finish out of 17 teams in the UC Riverside tournament last week (February 12th-13th). This was a great feat for our team as we began our final round in a tie for 10th place, behind our conference rivals Gonzaga and Portland. We grinded our way back towards the top half of the leader board during the final round, though and were led by our senior co-captain, Sam Trask who shot a stellar 75. Awesome job, Sammy! Three other Broncos earned Top-20 finishes out of the field of 90--freshie Jamie Nonaka (T-18), Junior Jenn Sun (T-16th), and myself (T-14).
I could bore you with more golf stats, but instead I'll give you a few key highlights about my crazy teammates:
Jenn Sun--"Sunny" is also one of my roommates and is craaaazy about Benson breakfast sandwiches. How that tiny body of hers can nail the golf ball as far as she does is a mystery to us all--but we love it. Although she's a Com major, Sunny has an obsession with natural habitations and can often be found in random state parks searching for red-winged black birds, beavers, naked mole rats, wombats, and other creatures prevalent in the Northern California Hills.
Megan Stoddart--"Stoudemire" is basically an all around stud. She transferred to SCU last year as a Junior from Hawaii (island fever got to her and she couldn't stand the year-round amazing golf weather, surfer boys, snow cones, and beaches). When she's not putting from 40 yards off the green, you can find her at Boot Barn obsessing over leather chaps, all things Timmy Mac, and hunting gear to shoot things.
Sam Trask--You'd be surprised to know that on top of consistently hitting every single fairway and getting up and down 97.4% of the time, Sam is also a brilliant finance tutor (she has the ability to help even those with the lowest IQ--ahem, yours truly), and an awesome dancer! Downtown San Jose on a Friday night with Sam Trask is like a DDR marathon--the girl can shake it!
Hilaire Fouts--FERGALICIOUS...or should we say...haha kidding. Although she has a difficult time forking over $2.50 for a Subway sandwich, Hils is notoriously known for tipping waitresses over 50% of the tab...for BAD service! General arithmetic skills aside, Hilaire puts up low numbers where it counts most--on the golf card!
Erin Sullivan--The new poster-girl for SCU Women's Golf. Who wouldn't want to be this freshie? She's living the California dream while the rest of her family is stuck in the midwest (Chicago) dealing with snowstorms and freezing temps. Boys love her, girls want to be her, and to top it all of, the girl is a real gem to spend 5 ½ hours on the golf course with.
Jamie Nonaka--formerly "Speck", currently "Noni". This new addition to the team has come up HUGE for us in clutch situations. We had the luxury of being the first to witness Noni, a native Hawaiian, play her first round of golf in...GASP..long pants!
Ella Sanman--She's officially nocturnal. Juggling school, golf, and handling information at the Benson Desk, this girl takes multi-tasking to another level. Where she finds time to hang out and relax, I'll never know, but when she does have a spare minute, she thoroughly enjoys riding the fluff cycle in oversized dryers in Livermore.
Jenny Nelson-- my roommate and fellow lover of all things CHOCOLATE! Jenny's a Junior accounting major that plans to spend the rest of her life after golf in a Dolce & Gabana suit, tackling the world 1 balance sheet at a time.
Side note: Jenny had a near bout with death last week--she suffered a major bug bite on her left leg that kept her out of the lineup for the first tourney. We've been keeping an eye on it, and although it was touch and go for a while, we're pretty sure she's going to have a full recovery and will be back out there, bombing the ball 300 yards off the tee in no time.
Sorry for the lengthiness of the blog--but how glad are you that you know something new about the women's golf team members? We leave for Fresno's tournament this Saturday so get ready for a recap on our GREAT SUCCESS down in the armpit of the state next week!
Alright, I've got workouts in about...7 hours so I better hit the hay. Hasta for now!
<3 <3 <3, Corey