May 26, 2009
WAILUA, Hawaii - Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka fired a five-under par 67to lead the sectional qualifiers for the U.S. Women's Amateur PublicLinks Sectional Qualifier on Sunday at the Wailua Golf Course in Wailua,Hawaii. The top three spots advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur PublicLinks Championship at Red Tail Golf Club in Devans, Mass., on June22-27.
Taking second at the qualifiers was Christina Merkle with an even 72.She and Ueoka did a role-reversal on Sunday, as Merkle led the groupwith a 69 on Saturday and Ueoka finished that round at even par. Thethird spot went to Reiko Fujii, who finished in a three-way tie and wenton to win the hole-by-hole playoff on the second hole.
The Women's Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championshipsconducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of whichare strictly for amateurs.
Earlier this month, Ueoka became the first-ever SCU women's golfer toqualify for the NCAA Regionals. She earned three individual titles in2008-09, while helping the Broncos to two team titles. Ueoka earned hersecond West Coast Conference honor as she received first-team All-WCCaccolades after tying for second at the WCC Championships in April. Sheearned her first collegiate title at the Boise State Bronco Invitational(Oct. 13-14) and earned her second title at the Fresno State GolfClassic (Feb. 23-24), after posting the lowest round ever by an SCUwomen's golfer (68).
Her final title of the year came at the Sacramento State Invitational (Mar. 23-24). It was her second straight win and, for her efforts, Ueoka was named the WCC's Player of the Month in February and March. Off the links, Ueoka owns a 3.49 cumulative grade-point average as a bio-chemistry major and was recently named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII third team, as announced by CoSIDA.