Ueno Wins Individual Title at Willamette Invitational

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

WOODBURN, ORE. -- Whitney Ueno (Jr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) of Willamette University shot a low round of 80 each day to win the individual championship at the Willamette Invitational, held on March 15-16 at the Oregon Golf Association (OGA) Golf Course. Ueno carded a score of 160 for the 36-hole tournament to win by three strokes. Pacific University won the team title with an overall score of 717 (356-361).

Ueno was followed on the leader board by Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College, who finished second after shooting 163 (82-81). Kelly Hartley of Pacific University took third place at 171 (86-85). Fourth place went to Sarah Bicker from the University of Puget Sound with a score of 174 (89-85). Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran University finished fifth at 177 (89-88).

Maresa Jenson of Puget Sound took sixth place by completing the two rounds in 178 strokes (89-89). Brittany Johnston of Linfield and LeAnna Nash of Pacific tied for seventh at 182, with both golfers shooting 94-88. Valerie Kitamori from Pacific was ninth at 184 (89-95), while Katie Kilborn of Linfield (95-95) and Lauren Yoshimura of Pacific (97-93) tied for 10th place at 190.

Pacific won the team title by nine strokes. The Boxers began the day with a six-stroke lead over Linfield and a nine-stroke lead over Puget Sound.

UPS claimed second place with a score of 726 (365-361), as the Loggers rallied past Linfield in the second round. Linfield finished third at 728 (362-366), Pacific Lutheran University took fourth at 798 (404-394), Willamette was fifth at 833 (426-407) and Corban College was sixth at 876 (446-430). Lewis & Clark did not field a complete team.

Following Ueno on Willamette's team scorecard was Ashley Buchheit (Sr., Mt. Angel, OR/John F. Kennedy HS). Buchheit recorded an overall score of 208 (99-109). Andrea Hand (Jr., Hillsboro, OR/Hillsboro HS) was WU's third finisher with a score of 226 (120-106).

The Bearcats will play again March 28-29, when they compete at the Northwest Conference Spring Classic at the Quail Valley Country Club in Banks, Ore. The Spring Classic counts for one-quarter of the overall NWC title.

First Day Results
Willamette Invitational (Women's Golf)
Whitney Ueno won the individual championship by three strokes at the Willamette Invitational.

Whitney Ueno won the individual championship by three strokes at the Willamette Invitational.