Ueno Receives NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Recognition

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior golfer Whitney Ueno (Hilo, HI/Hilio HS) has been chosen Northwest Conference Women's Golf Student-Athlete of the Week after winning the NWC Spring Classic, held March 30-31 at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash. Ueno earned medalist honors by five strokes, as she finished the 36-hole event with a score of 171 (84-87) despite windy conditions on the second day.

Ueno trailed Brynn Hurdus of Linfield College by three strokes after the first nine holes of the tournament and by a single stroke after the first day. Uneo finished strong to pull away from the field. Hurdus and Natalie Nakamine from the University of Puget Sound tied for second place at 176.

Ueno won the NWC Fall Classic last semester and was the winner of the NWC Spring Classic in 2008. She is the defending NWC champion after taking first place at the NWC Championship last spring.

This year's NWC Championship is scheduled for April 25-26 at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima, Wash. Tee time is set for 12 p.m. (PDT) on April 25 and for 8 a.m. on April 26.

Whitney Ueno won the NWC Spring Classic with a 36-hole score of 171.

Whitney Ueno won the NWC Spring Classic with a 36-hole score of 171.