Women's Golf

Women's Golfer Wins County Women's Title

Women's Golfer Wins County Women's Title

Aug. 3, 2005

By Dennis Knight
San Jose Mercury News

Corey Utsurogi learned to play golf on the well-kept fairways and greens of San Jose Country Club.

Those lessons paid off Tuesday for the Santa Clara University sophomore. Utsurogi shot a 2-over-par 74 for a two-day total of 78-74--152 on her home course to win the 63rd annual Santa Clara County Women's Golf Championship.

``It was one of my best rounds I've had out here,'' said Utsurogi, 18, a Piedmont Hills graduate who successfully walked on at Santa Clara. ``I was constantly telling myself to stay in the moment. I never wanted to know what my score was.''

The key for the 5-foot-1 Utsurogi was consistent driving.

She carded four birdies to help offset three bogeys and a triple bogey.

``I had a mental lapse on that one,'' Utsurogi said of the par-4 sixth hole, where she bladed a bunker shot and had to take a drop en route to a seven.

But she bounced back by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth hole.

``That felt real good to come back and get the momentum rolling again,'' Utsurogi said.

Sunnyvale resident Susie-Q Conklin, 57, finished second by shooting 77-82--159. Monica Saneholtz and Kim Belliveau tied for third at 161.