May 29, 2014
HOUSTON - Monteverde (Fla.) Academy senior and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy member Yuka Kajiki recently became the newest member of the University of Houston Women's Golf with her signing of a National Letter of Intent.
A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Kajiki has made a name for herself on the Future Collegians World Tour Championship and will compete as a freshman at Houston for the 2014-15 season.
In September, she successfully defended her tile at the FCWT at TPC Tama Bay with a score of 3-over-par 145. Over two rounds, she carded six birdies, tying for second highest across the boys' and girls' divisions.
One year earlier, she captured the title at TPC Tampa, shooting 75-71 for the win. In 12 career events playing the FCWT, Kajiki has posted two wins, three runner-up finishes and nine top-5 showings.
"Yuka should play a lot of golf immediately for us," said head coach Gerrod Chadwell, who begins his second season at Houston in 2014-15. "She has played high-level junior tournaments and is a very solid, mature, all-around player."
Kajiki, whose name is pronounced YOO-Kuh Kah-GEE-Kee, joins the Cougars out of Montverde Academy in Monteverde, Fla.
Standing 5-fooot-8, Kajiki becomes the fourth member of Houston's signing class for Chadwell and assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio, joining Tatiana Pineda, Maddy Rayner and Megan Thothong.
Every member of the Cougars' incoming signing class is ranked among the top 70 in Golfweek's Top 100 list. Thothong ranks at No. 48, while Kajiki stands at No. 52 with Rayner (No. 63) and Pineda (No. 69) following.
Kajiki and the newcomers join with current Houston members Raegan Bremer, Courtney Ferguson, Emily Gilbreth and Kelli Rollo. Together, the group will compete as the first complete Houston Women's Golf team in school history during the 2014-15 season.
Bremer, Ferguson and Gilbreth competed for the Cougars during the 2013-14 season but as individuals during tournament play, while Rollo sat out as a redshirt.
Houston Women's Golf became the 17th sports program in the history of the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with its creation in the summer of 2012.
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