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◊ In the playing five for every fall event and contributed counting scores in all 10 rounds.
◊ Wrapped up the fall at No. 41 and No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and Golfstat rankings, respectively.
◊ Posted par-or-better scores in half of her 10 rounds during the fall and finished the 2016 calendar portion of Georgia’s slate at a combined 2-over.
◊ Finished among the top-20 individuals at all four tournaments, topping out with a third-place showing at the Cardinal Kickoff.
◊ Named to the SEC All-Freshman team as selected by league coaches.
◊ One of only two UGA golfers – along with Harang Lee – to compete in every event of the 2015-16 campaign.
◊ Posted a trio of top-10 finishes – at the Cardinal Kickoff, the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Lady Bulldog Individual Invitational – as well as seven top-20 performances.
◊ Christened her collegiate career with a fall-best fifth-place individual finish at the Cardinal Kickoff at the Atlanta Athletic Club, which is located approximately 15 minutes from her home in Roswell.
◊ Matched the third-best single-round score in school history with a 5-under 67 in the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship, a loop that propelled her to a tie for seventh individually.
◊ Captured her first collegiate victory at the Lady Bulldog Individual Invitational, a one-day, 36-hole event.
◊ Won the Lady Bulldog following a sudden-death playoff with Alison Hovatter of Ole Miss with a par at No. 9, the first extra hole.
◊ A three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-America honoree, garnering second-team status in 2014 and honorable mention recognition in both 2011 and 2013.
◊ Ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2015 by both the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and Golfweek when she signed scholarship papers with Georgia in November 2014.
◊ Earned a spot in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open field as a 15-year-old by finishing third at a qualifier at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C.
◊ Represented the East in the 2014 Wyndham Cup.
◊ A five-time winner during the 2015 calendar, taking top honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the Kathy Whitworth Invitational, the AJGA Wells Fargo Junior Classic, the IMG Junior Honda Classic and the Georgia GSGA Women’s Match Play Championship.
◊ Captured Georgia Golf’s fifth USGA Championship when she won the inaugural Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes in May, joining 1989 and 1993 U.S. Women’s Am winner Vicki Goetze, 2009 U.S. Mid-Am Champion Martha (Stacy) Leach and 2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur titles Sherry (Kamens) Herman.
◊ Provided the margin of victory in the Four-Ball Championship match when she holed out for an eagle-3 at No. 12 to push her team’s lead to 4-up. The duos halved the next three holes, supplying the 4-and-3 decision.
◊ Her victory at the Kathy Whitworth was even more impressive considering she played with a set of borrowed clubs after bag was lost in transit to Dallas. Finished play at 146 before defeating Stephanie Lau on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
◊ Actually shot six shots better at the 2014 Kathy Whitworth when she finished third.
◊ Qualified for the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships and reached match play both years.
◊ Qualified for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateurs.
◊ Also won the AJGA Brian Harmon Junior and the Peggy Kirk Bell Tournament in 2013 and the AJGA Junior at Oxmoor Valley and the AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters in 2011.
◊ Born Aug. 15, 1996, Rinko is the daughter of Takeshi (Ken) and Hiromi Mitsunaga and her major is Pre-Journalism.
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