LPGA winner Mika Miyazato wins Naha City Honor Award

August 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, Mayor Takeshi Onaga announced that he is to present the Naha City Honor Award to 22 year-old Mika Miyazato, who was born in Naha and claimed her first LPGA Tour title as the youngest winner from Japan. She won the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola on August 19. The award ceremony will be held in December when she is back in Okinawa. “I want to give more energy to people. I will work harder.”

Mayor Onaga said, “She has given dreams, hopes, confidence and pride to many people, including youth. We want to honor her achievements.” Miyazato graduated from Matsushima Junior High School and Konan Senior High School. In 2004 she became the youngest player in history to win the Japan Women’s Amateur Golf Championship and has received the Naha Special Award for Youth three times.

The Naha City Honor Award is given to individuals or groups who have enhanced the reputation of Naha throughout Japan, as well as giving bright dreams and hopes to the community. To date, one group and seven individuals have received the award.

Most recently, in September 2010, Konan Senior High School received the award for its achievement in winning both the spring and summer tournaments in the high school baseball at Koshien. Mika Miyazato is the most recent individual winner since pop singer Namie Amuro received the award in July 2000.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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