Sotto files resolution hailing Saso’s historic US Open victory

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday filed a resolution congratulating and commending Yuka Saso for her historic win at the 2021 US Women’s Open championship.

In filing Senate Bill (SB) 743, Sotto lauded the young golfer for being the first Filipino to be crowned champion of the prestigious tournament saying her victory “put the name of the Philippines on the map and has absolutely given joy, pride, honor and inspiration to the country and Filipino people.”

“Congratulations for bringing an unexpected victory for our people! Our hearts beam with pride and joy with this milestone in Philippine sports. We are extremely proud of your achievement,” the Senate leader said in a statement.

“The sight of you with that birdie on the third playoff hole, which gave you the 2021 US Women’s Open title, was the perfect weekday opening that brought a much-needed breather to the Filipino people from the barrage of gloomy updates on the continued threat of the coronavirus disease. Thank you, Yuka Saso for being the Filipino people’s silver lining during this challenging time,” he added.

Saso beat Japanese contender Nasa Hataoka at the 76th US Women’s Open Golf Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on 6 June.

She was also hailed as one of the youngest champions of the competition up to date joining World Golf Hall of Fame member and seven-time major winner Inbee Park at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 17 days old.

Started training at the age of eight in 2009, the Filipino-Japanese athlete was a highly-decorated amateur player before leaping into the professional league in November 2019 after earning a LPGA of Japan Tour card for 2020.

She made her debut at the Earth Mondahmin Cup in Chiba in late June 2020 and earned her first win at the 2020 NEC Karuizawa 72.

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