Women’s Golf Signs Two Student-Athletes
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women's golf head coach Dawn Shockley and associate head coach Kelly Kerkvliet announced Thursday that two student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program beginning with the 2023-24 season.
The class includes Rebecca Kim from South Surrey, British Columbia and Raya Nakao from Kaneohe, Hawai'i.
"We are so excited to have Raya and Rebecca join our team next fall," Shockley said. "We could tell immediately on their visits that they will fit the culture we are building at Oregon State."
Nakao attends Punahou School in Honolulu and has participated in golf all four years of high school for head coach Anna Umemura Murata. She won the HHSAA State Championship as a junior and set the tournament record for lowest score with a 9-under par.
She was named one of the 2021-22 Division I Golfers of the Year and the Most Inspirational Player that same season.
Nakao holds a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA.
Her hobbies are drawing and gaming. Her parents are Randy and Rona Nakao and her sister is Rayna.
She chose Oregon State because: "I wanted to play golf at the collegiate level. The team seemed like a family I could be a part of, and I feel my game would be able to improve there."
"Raya has shown the ability to compete at a high level with multiple Top 10 finishes in national-level junior events," Shockley said. "We've been following her development for a couple years and can't wait to finally welcome her to campus."
Kim attends White Rock Christian Academy in South Surrey, B.C. and qualified to compete at the 2021 IMG World Juniors and FCG Callaway World Junior Championship where she finished in a tie for 14th place. She placed eighth at the 2020 BC Women's Amateur and has competed in several provincial and national level events in Canada.
She received the GNS Community Scholarship each of the last four years. She was also a two-time recipient of the Aspengrove School Academic Scholarship and was a student council representative.
Kim holds a 4.0 cumulative GPA at White Rock Christian Academy.
Her hobbies are playing the piano and flute, debate, dancing and swimming. Her parents are Paul and Jennifer Kim, and she has two sisters, Sarah and Emma.
She chose Oregon State because: "It's a supportive university and town, the ability to play Division I golf in the Pac-12, and it's a drivable distance from my hometown."
"Rebecca has incredible drive and ambition, both on and off the course," Shockley said. "She has competed with the best of the best in Canada, and we can't wait to watch her develop at the college level."
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).