May 13, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's golf team brought its 2008-09 season to a close with a third place finish in the WCC Conference tournament and an individual qualify for the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Golf West Regional.
The Broncos had two team wins this season and placed in the top-3 in four tournaments. The team tied for first at the Boise State Invitational in October and took home the first place trophy at the Sacramento State Invitational in March. Sophomore Miki Ueoka put together the best individual season that Santa Clara has ever had, while freshman Meaghan Kari and Tammy Surtees made solid contributions this season.
Ueoka Tears It Up
Sophomore Ueoka put together the best individual season that Santa Clara women's golf has ever seen. Her scoring average of 74.4 racked up three individual titles this season while earning her All-WCC honors for the second straight time. The Lihue, Lihue, Hawaii native was named WCC Player of the Month for February and March after winning back-to-back individual titles. Her first title of the season came at the Boise State Invitational in October. Her second came at the Fresno State Golf Classic in February and her third win was at the Sacramento State Invitational in March. Her rounds of 68 and 69 at the Fresno State Golf Classic are the lowest two rounds ever recorded by a Bronco women's golfer.
SCU Reaches the Postseason
Ueoka became the first-ever Santa Clara women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA West Regional, where she finished tied for ninth at one-under par. She started off the last day with a double-bogey on the first hole, but battled back to have three-straight birdies on the second nine and posted a blistering 31 on the side. Cathryn Bristow of Oregon also finished at one-under and the two went head-to-head in a playoff to determine which individual would advance to the championships. Bristow made a birdie on the second try of a playoff on Hole 18 to defeat Ueoka. She did, however, post the best individual score for any WCC representative while Pepperdine and San Francisco were both aiming to advance to the NCAA Championships. Pepperdine advanced as a team, but Ueoka outpaced their top-finisher by a whopping five strokes. She posted the five lowest individual round scores in the program's history and also shot par or better in nine different rounds this season.
Freshman Duo Earn League Honors
Freshman Kari and Surtees were each named All-WCC Honorable Mention this season, while being second and third on the team in scoring average, respectively. Kari had four top-20 finishes this season which included a tie for fifth finish at the Cal Poly College Challenge and a tie for 13th place finish at the WCC Championships. Surtees also tied for 13th at the WCC Championships along with having three top-20 finishes. This dynamic duo is looking forward to posting more low numbers next season.
Season for the Record Books
The Broncos won two tournaments this season, which is the most since the 2003-04 season. The Broncos posted in the top-10 teams in seven of the eight tournaments they played in while having the lowest team scoring average (vs. par) in a season in program history at 314.05. They also broke the scoring mark of 300 two-times this season when it had only been done twice before in the program's history. SCU also posted the lowest team round ever at the Boise State Invitational with a blistering 294.