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Nicole Sakamoto
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Kalani
Experience: 3 Letters
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Career Highlights
  • 2010 NCAA East Regional qualifier as an individual
  • 2010 First-Team All-CAA selection, 2011 Second Team selection and two-time CAA All-Tournament Team honoree
  • Four-time CAA Player of the Week
  • Two-time tournament medalist with 13 career top-10 and 18 career top-20 finishes
  • Played in every possible career round and tournament and h olds the top single-season scoring average (74.97) and enters the spring with the top career scoring average (76.4) since records were started in 1993-94.
  • Career lows of 69 (single round), 151 (36 holes) and 211 (54 holes)

Fall 2011 (senior):

  • Led the Dukes with a 74.5 scoring average in 15 fall rounds played
  • Finished in the top 13 in four of the five tournaments played, with three coming in the top three
  • Top placing was a runner-up finish at the season-opening Golfweek Division I Challenge, where she shot a school-record 2-under 211 in the tournament and led the team to a second-place finish, while earning CAA Women's Golfer of the Week honors
  • Also tied her single-round career low with a 2-under 69 in the opening round at the Golfweek Challenge, tying for the fourth-best round in school history
  • All 15 rounds in the fall were 80 or better, with three of them under par

2010-11 (junior):

  • The only Duke to play in all 10 tournaments, averaging 76.8 strokes in 28 rounsd played to rank second on the team
  • Had three top-10 and four top-20 finishes while garnering Second Team All-CAA honors
  • Best finish of the season was a runner-up at the CAA Women's Golf Championships, earning her CAA All-Tournament Team honors
  • Also tied for seventh at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate and tied for 11th at the UNC Lady Seahawk Classic in the spring
  • Posted her best finish in the fall finale, tying for eighth at the Lady Paladin Invitational

2009-10 (sophomore):

  • First-Team All-CAA
  • Averaged a team-best 75.0 strokes in 30 rounds played, the best scoring average for the squad since 1993-94, including three rounds of par or better
  • Earned individual bid to play in the NCAA East Regional, tying for 54th
  • Earned CAA All-Tournament team honors after a runner-up finish at the CAA Championships
  • Three-time CAA Player of the Week (Sept. 17, March 14, April 7)
  • Posted six top-10 finishes, including tournament champion honors at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Tina Barrett Invitational
  • Shot a career-best 2-under 214 (the second best 54-hole total in school history) at the Mary Fossum Invitational, including a personal-best 3-under 69 in the second round followed by a 2-under 70 in the final round
  • Tied for third at the Low Country Intercollegiate
  • Tied for sixth at the Lady Paladin Invitational
  • Finished ninth at the UNCG Starmount Invitational
  • Won the 2010 Hawaii Women's Stroke Play title following her sophomore season

2008-09 (freshman):

  • Played in 10 events and 30 rounds of competition of JMU
  • Had one top-10 and four top-25 finishes on the year
  • Finished third on the team with a 78.3 stroke average
  • Tied for the team lead with five rounds under 75, including twice shooting a 72
  • Poster her top finish of the year, tying for eighth at the Stono Cup
  • Tied for 20th at the CAA Championships, her top placing of the year
  • Also tied for 22nd at the John Kirk/Panther Invitational and tied for 25th at the EKU El Diablo Invitational for her two other top-25 finishes of the year.

High School:

  • Four-time team MVP and OIA East First-Team All-Star
  • Finished 33rd out of 121 at the Junior World Championships in 2007
  • Finished second at the PGA Junior Section Championship in Hawai'i.

Personal:

  • Daughter of Mel and Kiok Sakamoto
  • Dietitics major
  • Enjoys fishing, shopping and hanging out with friends