As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Ayako Uehara and get to know her.
Shin and Uehara in lead at Mizuno Classic
SHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Jiyai Shin of South Korea and Ayako Uehara of Japan both shot 4-under 68 to lead the Mizuno Classic after the first round Friday.
Shin had three straight birdies on the front nine and added two more after the turn, offsetting a bogey at No. 9. She won at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in 2010 and 2008.
"I'm glad I was able to play well in such tough conditions," Shin said. "The wind really made it tough to drive, but I was able to make up for that with my approach shots and putting. It was a good start and I only had one bogey, hopefully the last one for the week." Read More>>
Uehara and Dreher Qualify For U.S. Women's Open
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – The road to the U.S. Women’s Open, for the majority, is a long, grinding and arduous task. First, one needs to advance through a local qualifier, which could be a several-hour car ride for some. The second task following the local qualifier is a sectional qualifier, which could easily be a thousand miles away from home.
Only a small number will be able to push past those obstacles and earn a trip to the U.S. Women’s Open. For Ayako Uehara, that road was even tougher than most to overcome. Hailing from Okinawa, Japan, Uehara had a 22-hour plane ride (just over 6,900 miles) and arrived Friday to prepare for her 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier at the Minneapolis Golf Club Tuesday.
“She got in five days ago, and we were able to play (Minneapolis Golf Club) and Braemar Golf Course,” said her caddy Chris Brannan who made the trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., just to caddy for Uehara Tuesday. Read More>>
Hole-in-one powers Uehara to lead
KOBE (Kyodo) Ayako Uehara made the second hole-in-one of her career en route to a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the Suntory Ladies Open on Thursday.
A two-time winner on the tour, Uehara holed her tee shot with a 9-iron on the 144-yard, par-3 sixth hole and also had an eagle, three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club.
She aced the same sixth hole in the third round of the 2007 Suntory Ladies Open. Read More>>