June 3, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On Friday May 30th, the women's golf team held their annual end of the season banquet in the University Suite. The evening began with dinner catered by Bon Appetite followed by an awards ceremony and two videos, one featuring a young girl who was a Make A Wish recipient and the other a video highlighting the year.
"I thought it was important to show the team a storyline of a little girl whose life, even if for just a day, was made brighter and easier as a result of the Make A Wish Foundation," said head coach Polly Schulze. "I want the team to realize how big of an impact our Birdies For Wishes program has on the children of Make A Wish. To date we have raised over $25,000 for Make A Wish and I would imagine we have fulfilled the wishes of many children with life threatening illnesses."
The Bronco Spirit Award, given to the student athlete who most embodies what it means to be a Bronco, spreads Bronco pride to all around her and one who encompasses the 3 C's: competence, compassion and conscience. The team chose senior captain Corey Utsurogi to receive the Bronco Spirit Award. Corey earned 1st team All-WCC this year with a top-10 finish at conference and she also only missed qualifying for one tournament during her four years as a Bronco.
As fellow senior Jennifer Sun said, "Corey, you are the poster child for what it means to have Bronco Spirit."
Miki Ueoka took home three awards: Most Inspirational, Most Valuable Player and a Coaches Award. Miki had a phenomenal year athletically after starting in seven events and having four top-10 finishes and two top-20 finishes and a scoring average of 77.5 to lead the team. Her scoring average was the best ever for a freshman at Santa Clara and third best all-time.
"Miki was a solid player for us this year and I know she will be even stronger next year," said Schulze. "Miki received the Most Inspirational and Coaches Awards for showing such grace and courage during what was a difficult period in her life. Through this tough year Miki continued to be there for her team, she still played competitive tournaments and even managed to gain a nomination as an NGCA All-Scholar Student Athlete which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Miki has such strong character and it showed all year long."
Jenny Nelson received the second coaches award for being a student athlete who through tough times was always a rock for her team. Twice Jenny has received NGCA All-Scholar Student Athlete recognition as well.
"Jenny has never complained about any kind of adversity thrown her way," said Schulze. "She has just gutted it out and I've never had to worry about her. Jenny is a very compassionate young woman and it showed many times over."
"For me as the Head Coach I was so thrilled that all of our senior's parents were able to be in attendance. Larry and Barbara Utsurogi, Steve and Mavis Nelson, Don and Karen Fouts and all the way from Arizona came Dave and Becky Sun. It was so great to see them all there celebrating the last four years of their daughter's success as Broncos. The parents have all been such huge supporters of the women's golf program with their attendance at so many tournaments, their support for Birdies For Wishes and coming to our fundraisers. Having their support has meant the world to me as a coach and I can't thank them enough."