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Kitamori also earns accolades for impressive senior season

An impressive finish to her Pacific University career by Valerie Kitamori was verified by the numbers as the senior ranked among the top 25 golfers in the nation at the NCAA Division III level.

An impressive finish to her Pacific University career by Valerie Kitamori was verified by the numbers as the senior ranked among the top 25 golfers in the nation at the NCAA Division III level.

Kitamori finished the season 21st among Division III women's golfers according to the statistical rankings kept by Golfstat. Kitamori finished the year with an average score of 81.62 per 18 holes in 21 rounds of competition.

Kitamori was one of three Northwest Conference golfers to make the top 25 list. She trailed George Fox's Kelsey Morrison, who ranked eighth with an average of 80.13, and the Bruins' Brianna Nap, who ranked 18th with an average of 81.50.

NCAA Championships runner-up Emily Bachert of Centre College led the list with an average of 77.88.

Kitamori competed in 13 tournaments for the Boxers this season, tying for eighth place at the NWC Spring Classic. She just missed earning All-NWC distinction with a fifth-place finish at this year's NWC Championships.

Kitamori capped her season and career by tying for third place in the women's independent division at the PGA Minority Collegiate Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

A Hilo, Hawaii native and a 2007 graduate of Waiakea High School, Kitamori played a key role in Pacific's 2007-08 NWC women's golf championship. She was the Boxers' top finisher at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships, tying for 60th place.

Kitamori graduated from Pacific in May with a degree in biology.