Ueno Leads Field with an 80 on First Day of Willamette Invitational

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

WOODBURN, ORE. -- The weather was horrible for most of the day, but Willamette University junior Whitney Ueno (Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) was able to overcome the elements and shoot an 80 to take lead following the first round of the Willamette Invitational, Saturday, March 15 at the Oregon Golf Association (OGA) Golf Course. Ueno held the lead by two strokes over Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College, who shot an 82. Kelly Hartley of Pacific University, who carded an 86, was in third place, six strokes behind Ueno.

Ueno (38-42--80), Hurdus (40-42--82) and Hartley (46-40--86) had the most success battling the weather, which included several delays due to hail. Fourth place in the individual standings went to Jasmine Ching of Pacific with a score of 87 (43-44).

Four golfers tied for fifth place at 89. They were Sarah Bicker from the University of Puget Sound (46-43), Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran University (43-46), Maresa Jenson of UPS (42-47) and Valerie Kitamori from Pacific (41-48).

The team leader was Pacific University with a score of 356. The Boxers owned a six-stroke lead over Linfield, which ended the day in second place at 362. Puget Sound was third at 365, with Pacific Lutheran in fourth at 404, Willamette in fifth at 426 and Corban College in sixth at 446. Lewis & Clark College entered three individuals in the competition, but did not field a full team.

Ueno led the way for Willamette. She was followed on the WU scorecard by Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS), who recorded a 99 (50-49). Andra Hand (Jr., Hillsboro, OR/Hillsboro HS) matched Buchheit on the front nine, but had difficulty on the back nine and finished at 120 (50-70).

Bad weather clearly provided exceptional challenges for most of the golfers. Just 30 of 72 nine-hole totals for the day came in under 50 strokes, with only 18 nine-hole totals at 45 or better.

The Willamette Invitational will conclude with the second round on Sunday, March 16. Tee time is set for 10 a.m. (PDT).

First Day Results
Willamette Invitational (Women's Golf)
Whitney Ueno was the early leader with an 80 on the first day of the Willamette Invitational.

Whitney Ueno was the early leader with an 80 on the first day of the Willamette Invitational.