Miami Begins ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club

April 15, 2011

C. Hirano

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Christina Hirano led the University of Miami women’s golf team in the opening round of the ACC Championship with a season-low round of two-over par 73 to tie for seventh after day one. As a team, the Canes fired a 302 and are currently in seventh place heading into Saturday’s second round.

  Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Totals
Team 302     +18 (302)
C. Hirano 73     +2 (73)
Arana 74     +3 (74)
Ronderos 76     +5 (76)
J. Hirano 79     +8 (79)
Cuculiza 85     +14 (85)

Hirano came out strong with birdies on the first and fifth holes to quickly move atop the leaderboard at two-under par. She then carded bogeys on six and eight to move to even par on the front nine. The senior went out at two-over to total a 73 for the day, matching her low round of the year. The California native also shot the score at the Eagle Landing Invitational in March and at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in February to lead the team to the tournament title.

Junior Patricia Arana recovered from a slow start to score a three-over par 74. She bogeyed three holes on the front nine, but finished with birdies on two of the last three holes to put herself in a tie for 12th.

Number one player Maria Ronderos carded a 76 on Friday to finish in a tie for 21st. If history holds true, Ronderos is in line for a big finish over the weekend. Her average scores for each round have improved with an average of 75 in the first round, 74.4 in the second round and 71 in the closing rounds this spring.

Junior Jennifer Hirano, who has been fighting through a wrist injury all year, started quick with pars on 10 of the first 11 holes, but ended with a 79.

North Carolina (289) sits in first place after round one, with Tar Heel Allie White holding the medalist position at five-under par 66.

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From the ACC:

In addition to the tournament, the ACC, on behalf of all of the women’s golf teams will donate a variety of children’s books to Millis Road Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C., as part of ACC Community Connections initiative.  This year the Atlantic Coast Conference instituted an initiative known as ACC Community Connections, which pairs ACC teams and local schools to teach the importance of reading and other life lessons to the children in our championship communities.  Russell Harper, Principal of Millis Road, will accept the donation of books in a brief ceremony Sunday, at the 18th green, just before the championship trophy presentation.