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.