Nice Finish for Nakayama

April 30, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – UCF freshman Ayaka Nakayama tied for medalist honors at a professional, Suncoast Tour event earlier this week.

Playing as an amateur, Nakayama finished the Grande Pines Tournament in Orlando with a three-round total of 223 (+7). She was tied with Ki-Shui Liao at the end regulation play. Liao then defeated Nakayama in a playoff. Nakayama was the second-round leader after shooting a 68 in the second round. That round, which included seven birdies, was the best of the tournament.

UCF head coach Emily Marron said she was proud of Nakayama’s play and believes gaining experience in area tournaments will serve her well in the future.

“Ayaka is a very good player , who we fully expect to be in our lineup next season,” Marron said. “She got a late start this year, coming in January. So we wanted her to get comfortable with the routine of college life this semester. The SunCoast Tour is played mostly in the Orlando area and is a great way to keep your game competitive and gain some confidence.”

Nakayama’s teammates are currently preparing for the NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee, which will be held May 8-10.



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