Ronderos, Hirano Finish in Top 25 at Kentucky Invitational
Sept. 27, 2009
LEXINGTON, K.Y. – Junior Maria Ronderos and sophomore Jennifer Hirano each shot three-over par 74 to finish tied for 24th and lead the University of Miami women’s golf team to a 13th place finish Sunday at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky.
Florida State (587) won the team title followed by top five finishers UCF (592), Chattanooga (598), Notre Dame (598) and Kennesaw State (601). Miami performed better as a team in the final round shooting 306 – seven strokes better than its round one score. The tournament was shortened to two rounds after inclement weather in the Lexington area cancelled Saturday’s originally scheduled second round.
Ronderos and Jennifer Hirano shot identically on the front nine and back nine. Each shot 38 on the first nine holes and 36 on the back nine.
Freshman Shelby Gilbert, playing in his first tournament as a Hurricane, bettered her first round score Sunday firing a four-over par 76.
Christina Hirano, Ronderos and Jennifer Hirano are all tied for 28th. Christina Hirano birdied three times and shot 36 on the back nine Friday. Ronderos had a 37 on the front nine while Jennifer Hirano shot 39 on the front side and 38 on the back nine.
Freshman Melanie Kleiner shot 85 rounding out Miami’s five.
The Hurricanes will next be in action next weekend Oct. 4-5 at the Eat A Peach Invitational hosted by Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
Miami Individual Results
T24 Maria Ronderos 77-74=151
T24 Jennifer Hirano 77-74=151
T51 Shelby Gilbert 82-76=158
T54 Christina Hirano 77-82=159
81 Melanie Kleiner 88-85=173
1. Florida State 298-289=587 +15
2. UCF 301-291=592 +20
T3. Chattanooga 303-295=598 +26
T3. Notre Dame 304-294=598 +26
5. Kennesaw State 305-296=601 +29
6. Coastal Carolina 301-306=607 +35
7. Texas State 302-306=608 +36
T8. Florida International 311-301=612 +40
T8. Middle Tennessee State 312-300=612 +40
T10 Augusta State 310-304=614 +42
T10 Mississippi State 314-300=614 +42
T10 Kentucky (B) 311-303=614 +42
13. Miami (Fla.) 313-306=619 +47
14. Kentucky 318-303=621 +49
15. Princeton 314-315=629 +57