@HurricanesGolf Opens Play at the #NCAAGolf Championship

@HurricanesGolf Opens Play at the #NCAAGolf Championship

NCAA Championship – Round 1
Friday, May 20
Round One Press Conferences: Head Coach Patti Rizzo • Dewi Weber | Highlights
Tournament Information: Notes • Photo Gallery • Live Stats
1. Oklahoma State  -4 284 –  284
2. UCLA -2 286 –  286
T3. Washington +1 289 –  289 
T3. USC +1 289 –  289 
5.  Arizona  +3 291 –  291 
T6.  Northwestern +4 292 –  292 
T6.  Arkansas +4 292 –  292 
T8. Virginia +5 293 293
T8. Ohio State +5 293 293
T8. South Carolina +5 293 293
11. BYU +6 294 294
T12. Florida State +7 295 295
T12. Stanford +7 295 295
14. Michigan +8 296 296
T15. Tennessee +9 297 297
T15. Oregon +9 297 297
T15. Florida +9 297 297
T18. North Carolina +10 298 298
T18. Furman +10 298 298
T21. Miami +11 299 299
T21. Duke +11 299 299
23. Alabama +12 300 300
24. Texas +13 301 –  301 

EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Dewi Weber made an impressive debut at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship on Friday and is currently tied for third as she carded a three-under-par 69 to lead the University of Miami women’s golf team on day one.

Weber, who helped the Hurricanes to their first appearance at the national tournament since 1992, continued her strong play as she tallied five birdies en route to posting her eighth round of 70-or-less this season.

“I’ve always been impressed with Dewi because she’s a real fighter,” said head coach Patti Rizzo. “She’s one of those players that if she makes a bogey she comes right back with a birdie and I don’t know how she does it because it’s not easy to do that. She never gives up and she is a real competitor.”

The Hurricane freshman, who earlier this week was named to the WGCA All-Region team, stands just one stroke behind individual tournament leaders Haley Moore from Arizona and August Kim from Purdue.

“For the next couple of rounds I just need to continue to keep fighting – even if things go well – and be laser focused for each shot,” Weber said.

Weber opened the day by posting an even round score of 37 on the front nine with birdies coming on holes one and eight. She then closed her round by posting birdies on holes 10, 14 and 15.

“I kept it together, but it wasn’t handed to me today,” Weber said. “I just kept fighting and I treated every shot like it was a new one and tried to remain focused. If I had not kept on fighting my score could have been a lot higher.”

As a team, Miami is tied for 21st after it posted a round one score of 299 at the

at the par 72, 6,331-yard Eugene Country Club. Oklahoma State currently leads the field after it posted a first round tally of 284.

“You really have to be accurate with your tee shots and then everything else can fall into place,” Rizzo said. “To me hitting fairways is the most important thing right now.”

Senior Kailey Walsh and junior Daniela Darquea are each tied for 91st after they posted opening rounds of 76.

Teammates Delfina Acosta and Luiza Altmann rounded out the Hurricanes’ top five after they posted rounds of 78. Both players are tied for 115th.

The Hurricanes stand just two strokes back from cracking into the top 15. The top 15 teams advance to the fourth round on Monday.

Miami returns to action tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 4:06 p.m. EST. Live stats can be found by visiting golfstat.com.

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