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Women's Golf Remains in 12th at Mercedes-Benz

Women's Golf Remains in 12th at Mercedes-Benz

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Miami women’s golf team remains in 12th place Saturday after the second round of the 16th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.

In the lead through 36 holes is No. 31 Penn State, which owned a share of the first-round lead. The Nittany Lions own a one-stroke lead (4-over 580) over host and No. 27 Tennessee (5-over 581). No. 26 Purdue is in third at 8-over 584, while No. 23 Texas A&M is fourth at 9-over 585. No. 10 Northwestern rounds out the top five at 14-over 590. Miami shot a second-round 302 to finish at 34-over 610 through 36 holes, five strokes behind 11th-place East Carolina.

“We got better today,” assistant coach John Koskinen said. “That’s what we’re trying to do – get better every day.”

Miami sophomore Rika Park remained as the Hurricanes’ top performer Saturday, shooting a second-round 73. Park is tied for 21st overall at 4-over 148 after one of her most consistent rounds of the season. Park pared 15 holes and carded a birdie on No. 7. With a season-low-tying second-round 73, she is only three strokes outside of the top 10.

Fellow sophomore Leticia Ras-Anderica improved her score by one stroke from Friday’s round, shooting a 3-over 75. Ras-Anderica is tied for 40th overall at 7-over 151. Freshman Lauren Hendee is tied for 56th at 12-over 155, while Lauren Riehle is tied for 65th at 15-over 159.

Freshman Christina Ocampo, competing as an individual, was 8-over through the first nine holes, but rebounded with a 1-under on the back nine. Ocampo finished Saturday with a 7-over 79 and is in 60th place through 36 holes at 12-over 156. Junior Carina Cuculiza is tied for 69th at 17-over 161.

“Christina showed a lot of character today,” Koskinen said. “She’s been battling some sickness and didn’t start off well, but she bounced back really well.”

The final round of the 16th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship concludes Sunday at 9 a.m. ET. Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat and @HurricanesGolf, the official Twitter feed for Miami Hurricanes women’s golf, will provide in-round scoring updates.

1. (31) Penn State 291-289=580 +4
2. (27) Tennessee 292-289=581 +5
3. (26) Purdue 293-291=584 +8
4. (23) Texas A&M 291-294=585 +9
5 (10) Northwestern 294-296=590 +14
6. UTSA 292-299=591 +15
7. Furman 300-295=595 +19
8. (14) Iowa State 298-298=596 +20
9. Florida State 294-308=602 +26
10. Mississippi State 297-306=603 +27
11. (48) East Carolina 302-303=605 +29
12. MIAMI 308-302=610 +34
13. Chattanooga 311-307=618 +42
14. James Madison 314-308=622 +46
15. Memphis 313-312=625 +49
16. Eastern Kentucky 323-329=652 +76
t21. Rika Park 75-73=148 +4
t40. Leticia Ras-Anderica 76-75=151 +7
t46. Laura Hendee 79-76=155 +11
60. Christina Ocampo (I) 77-79=156 +12
t65. Lauren Riehle 78-81=159 +15
t69. Carina Cuculiza 83-78=161 +17