UCF golfer Ayaka Nakayama qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Friday at Vero Beach Country Club.

The junior golfer carded a 1-under 71 in the single-round qualifier to earn one of eight spots for the Amateur Championship, which will take place in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 10 through Aug. 16.

“Ayaka embodies the ‘hard work pays off’ mantra,” head coach Emily Marron said in a press release. “She has a tremendous work ethic and we are so proud of her. Her game continues to get better and I truly believe her best golf is ahead of her.”

The Kanagawa, Japan, native competed in nine of 10 events for the Knights last season, averaging a score of 75.8 per 18 holes. Her best performance was at the American Athletic Conference Championship in April, where she finished tied for 17th with a three-round total of 8-over par.

The Knights’ 2015-16 season swings into action Sept. 13 at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.


Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at