Momoko Ueda is a female Japanese professional golfer. Born on June 15, 1986 at Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Momoko started her golf swinging at the early age of nine. She attended Sakata School at the age of 10, where she considers Mr. Nobuhiro Sakata as the most influencing individual when it comes to her career.
As an amateur, Momoko reached top 10 in 15 events out of the twenty-three ones that she participated in. These include three wins and 5 second-place finishes. A very successful record for an amateur career.
Turning pro in August of 2005, she won the rookie’s cup at JLPGA held in the same year. In 2006, she garnered 4th place in two JLPGA events, also reaching a tie for 9th of the Mizuno Classic.
2007 is considered to be her breakout year on the JLPGA. She had 5 wins, a 3rd and 5th place turn outs, and six runner-ups. She represented Japan participating in the World Cup, and played in the Women’s British Open held at St. Andrews. By April of the same year, she won the Life Card Ladies played at her home town of Kumamoto.
Momoko became the LPGA’s first Japanese winner in nine years, as well as being the 16th non-LPGA member to win an LPGA event in history, after competing and winning at Mizuno. She also participated and won at the Elleair Ladies, where became the youngest money title winner in JLPGA tour history.The Mizuno win made Momoko qualified to compete on the 2008 LPGA Tour. During her first tournament, which was the SBS Open held at Turtle Bay, she did well and finished fifth.
To date, Ueda has 8 professional wins. One of these victories was won on the LPGA Tour, while the rest were won on the JLPGA.