Golf Sits in 13th at NCAA Cle Elum Regional
CLE ELUM, Wash. – The No. 21-ranked University of Miami golf team is 13th after the first round of play at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional, held Monday at the par-72, 6,306-yard Tumble Creek Club. Miami shot 11-over-par 299 as a team and is tied with Iowa State after the opening round.
Miami tees off at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday in the second round and is paired with Iowa State and Sacramento State. The final round is slated for Wednesday morning. The top six teams and top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Hurricanes currently stand nine shots behind sixth-place UCF in the team standings.
“Not happy, we just can’t seem to get it going all together,” Miami head coach Patti Rizzo said. “We’ll play hard tomorrow.”
Macarena Aguilera paced Miami through the opening 18 holes, as the junior closed the afternoon tied for 15th at one-under, 71.
The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native notched a team-high five birdies on the day and opened the first eight holes strong at two-under.
Aguilera rounded off the day hot, carding birdies on the par-five, 458-yard eighth hole and par-four, 400-yard ninth hole.
Overall, the junior led all golfers with a pair of birdies and a two-under performance on par three holes.
Fellow classmate Renate Grimstad got the morning off on the right foot, collecting a trio of birdies through the opening third. Overall, the Bergen, Norway, native capped the round at three-over 75 and sits in a tie for 46th.
Sophomore Kristyna Frydlova also sits in a tie for 46th heading into the second day of competition at three-over-par, recording 15 par or better holes.
Graduate student Claudia De Antonio and freshman Anna Backman rounded out the Hurricanes lineup and sit in a tie for 74th at six-over 78, respectively.
Making their seventh straight trip to an NCAA Regional under head coach Patti Rizzo, the Canes are attempting to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in four years and the 26th time in program history.
Team Standings (Par 72)
1. USC, 281 (-7)
2. Northwestern, 284 (-4)
3. Washington, 285 (-3)
4. Arkansas, 287 (-1)
5. San Jose State, 289 (+1)
5. UCF, 290 (+2)
7. Old Dominion, 293 (+5)
7. Oregon State , 293 (+5)
7. Ohio State, 293 (+5)
10. Oregon, 295 (+7)
11. San Diego State, 296 (+8)
12. South Carolina, 298 (+10)
13. Miami, 299 (+11)
13. Iowa State, 299 (+11)
15. Sacramento State, 302 (+14)
16. Boston University, 307 (+19)
17. New Mexico State, 321 (+33)
18. Southern Illinois, 322 (+34)
Macarena Aguilera, 71 (-1)
Renate Grimstad, 75 (+3)
Kristyna Frydlova, 75 (+3)
Anna Backman, 78 (+6)
Claudia De Antonio, 78 (+6)