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Hurricanes Back in First Place

Hurricanes Back in First Place

Feb. 27, 2011


WESTON, Fla. – Junior Patricia Arana shot a one-under par 71 Sunday at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge to lead the University of Miami women’s golf team to a two stroke lead after round one from Weston Hills Golf Course. Arana currently sits in fifth place amongst individuals, one stroke out of the lead.

The Hurricanes’ score of 303 leads NC State and FIU by two strokes heading into Monday’s second round.

The Sir Pizza Cards Challenge features 14 teams and 78 players.

Arana, a junior transfer from Kennesaw State, shot her best round as a `Cane, knocking in three birdies to go with 13 pars on the day. She was particularly effective on par fours, shooting a combined two-under par on those holes.

Senior Maria Ronderos, an All-Tournament selection last week, is in contention once again with her first round total of 75. The Colombia native sits in a tie for 12th position.

Classmate Christina Hirano converted 13 pars on her way to a round of 78, tied for 27th place.

Junior Jennifer Hirano and freshman Carina Cuculiza each shot a 79 contributing to the team’s overall lead. J. Hirano was one-under on par three holes, highlighting her short game.

Junior Diana Fisher competed as an individual shooting an 88.

Marissa Steen (Memphis), Shena Yang (USF), Courtney Manning (Arkansas State) and Shelby Coyle (FIU) are tied for the medalist lead after each shot a two-under par score of 70 in the first round.

A shotgun started is scheduled for Monday’s second round at 8:30 a.m. at Weston Hills. J. Hirano and Cuculiza will start on the first hole, with Ronderos and C. Hirano on the second hole. Arana will begin her day over at the par-three third hole. All Miami players will be grouped with golfers of similar scores from NC State and FIU.

Visit for updates after each round from Weston Hills, and be sure to follow the women’s golf team on Twitter @hurricanesgolf.