Filipina Professional Golfer, Yuka Saso, Won the First Ever Gold Medal for the Philippines

Rising star!

Just this June 2021, Philippines once again made history to the world as the Philippines Golf Phenom Yuka Saso bagged as the first Filipina woman to win the 76th 2021 U.S Women Open Tournament. At 19, now the new Philippines’ rising star. Be inspired and discover the journey of…  

Yuka Saso: A Pinay Rising star

Yuka Saso was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and a golf-loving Japanese father in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. She traveled to Japan when she was four years old to study.

She wanted to pursue golf when she was eight years old, but her parents decided she should return to the Philippines and be homeschooled until she graduated from high school. And at such an age, she found herself loving golf, slowly following the path of her father. 

Photo by Daily Tribune

Saso began playing against older junior golfers when she was nine years old, and in 2011, she represented the Philippines in an international competition for the first time at the US Kids golf competition. In 2014, she participated ASEAN School Games in Marikina.

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Photo by ABS-CBN News

Saso made her mark on the Philippine sports world by winning two gold medals in the Asian Games golf event in 2018. And in 2020, Saso made her professional debut in the Japan LPGA, winning two championships in a row in her first season. 

Yuka Saso of the Philippines celebrates winning the gold medal on her last putt during the final round of the women’s individual golf event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 26, 2018. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Golf Phenom

Just this year 2021, Yuka Saso made history in the world for being the first young Filipina who won the 76th U.S Women’s Open Tournament. Her dramatic triumph over Japan’s Hataoka Nasa in the third hole of a sudden death playoff at the US Open on Sunday evening has altered the game for an entire country. 

Photo by The Japan Times

Yuka Saso said she got an extra boost from a message from Rory Mcllroy, the former world number one in the official World Golf Ranking. “ Great playing the last few days. Go finish out today and get that trophy”.

As the USGA Champion Yuka Saso receives the following:

  1. Mickey Wright Medal
  2. Custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for one year
  3. Exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women’s Opens
  4. Exemptions into the next five AIG Women’s British Opens, KPMG Women’s PGA Championships, Amundi Evian Championships, and ANA Inspirations
  5. USD$1 million check

“Binabati ka ng Sambayanang Pilipino, Yuka Saso! at Salamat sa pagtaas ng watawat ng Pilipinas”


Written by Adrian Josh Lepiten

Proactive | Adventurer | Social Good Advocate | WRITER
📍Cebu, Philippines
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