COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Mizzou women's golfer Jessica Yuen earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Regionals. The entire field was announced on Wednesday.
The redshirt senior said she went through a range of emotions as she heard her name called during the selection show.
Yuen joins some elite company as just the second MU women's golfer to qualify for an NCAA Regional twice. Julia Potter is the only other Tiger to accomplish that feat. Only six Mizzou women's golfers have ever made it to an NCAA Regional.
You can watch our full interview with Yuen in the video player below.
Yuen has battled through plenty of adversity throughout her collegiate career to get this point. Most notably, she dealt with a wrist injury starting in early 2019. Yuen decided to redshirt for the 2020 season - which was ultimately canceled anyway due to COVID-19.
The Illinois native said she is now feeling completely healthy for her final collegiate season, and it's showing on the golf course. Yuen has a team best 74.9 scoring average.
"Coming back this year was really telling for me to kind of figure out where my game is, where my heart is with this game - and I realized this is my last semester to enjoy it as much as I can," Yuen said. "There's nothing to lose - and moving forward - I just kind of gained my confidence, knowing that I had nothing to lose. You just got to prove to yourself, most importantly, that you are capable of competing against the best of the best."
The Illinois native will compete in the Louisville Regional on May 10-12. The top three finishers will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 21-26.