Yada posted 70-69-72=211 for a five-under par total to win by six shots at Apache Creek. She earned a winning check of $1,800. The Cactus Tour, created in 2005, is a professional golf tour that hosts over 20 events a year in Arizona and Nevada.
"No words to explain," Yada told BigIslandNow.com. "I finally believed that I could do this, that I belong."
Yada now has four top-10 finishes in 11 events this season, including the last three tournaments. With earnings of $5,188 she ranks seventh on the Cactus Tour money list.
Yada, a 2013 graduate of the Portland State, was a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection for the Vikings. She was a member of the 2011 Big Sky Champion Viking team and also won the individual title that season. Yada finished her career with a 76.10 scoring average (second-best all-time at PSU) and played the most career rounds of any Viking (122).
A native of Hilo, HI, Yada will play in a 36-hole U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier, May 28 at The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.
CHOI EARNS ALTERNATE STATUS FOR US WOMEN'S OPEN
Current Viking A Ram Choi, who won the 2014 Big Sky title in leading the Portland State to the team championship as well, earned number one alternate status for the U.S. Women's Open at the Seattle Sectional Qualifier .
Choi shot 73-78=151 at Lake Forest Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. She placed third in the event. Should a player that finished ahead of her in the Sectional be unable to compete, Choi would replace her.
The U.S. Women's Open will be played June 19-22 at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.