Miami Golf Finishes 15th at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional
CLE ELUM, Wash. – The University of Miami golf team capped the 2018-19 season Wednesday with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional, held at the par-72, 6,306-yard Tumble Creek Club. Miami shot a one-over-par 289 as a team in the final round and wrapped up the 54-hole tournament with a score of 902 (+38).
“We had a decent season, but unfortunately not a great conference [tournament] or regional,” Miami head coach Patti Rizzo said. “Not exactly what we planned but golf is unpredictable. What other sport has such a big variable, to shoot 85 one day and 72 the next? That’s just the ups and downs of golf.”
Junior Renate Grimstad carded an even-par Wednesday and led Miami in the tournament with a five-over 221. She tied for 35th place overall.
The Bergen, Norway, native once again got the morning off on the right foot, collecting a pair of birdies on the par-five, 528-yard 14th hole and par-five, 483-yard 15th hole, posting a two-under 34 through the opening nine holes. Over the three-day event the junior posted eight birdies on the IN and finished five-under-par on holes 10 through 18.
Overall, Grimstad tallied a team-high 12 birdies in Cle Elum, Wash., tied for the ninth most among individuals.
Sophomore Kristyna Frydlova paced the Hurricanes on Wednesday with a two-under 70, while notching a co-team-high five birdies.
Entering the final two holes at even par, the Prague, Czech Republic, native finished strong with back-to-back birdies on the par-five, 458-yard eighth hole and par-four, 400-yard ninth hole. Overall, she finished tied for 44th with a seven-over 223.
Junior Macarena Aguilera closed out the event tied for 57th, with a 10-over 226, after collecting a pair of birdies to score three-over-par on Wednesday.
Freshman Anna Backman tied for the team’s second lowest round on Wednesday, finishing at even-par with five birdies. The native wrapped up the regional tied for 79th with a 19-over 235.
Graduate student Claudia De Antonio capped her collegiate career tied for 82nd with a 21-over 237.
“We are looking forward to next year with seven amazing players,” Rizzo said. “Can’t look back, just got to look forward. I love my girls and had a great time coaching them this year.”
Joining Aguilera, Backman, Frydlova and Grimstad for the 2019-20 season, are a trio of incoming freshman Daniella Barrett, Morgan Paskow and Franziska Sliper. To learn more about the incoming class CLICK HERE.
Miami made its seventh straight trip to an NCAA Regional under Rizzo. The top six teams and top three individuals not on those teams advanced to the NCAA Championships May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.
Team Standings (Par 72)
1. USC, 281-285-278=844
2. Washington, 285-293-281=859
3. Northwestern, 284-302-278=864
4. Arkansas, 287-296-286=869
5. San Jose State, 289-293-290=872
6. UCF, 290-298-286=874
7. Ohio State, 293-295-287=875
8. Oregon State, 293-296-288=877
9. Oregon, 295-296-288=879
10. South Carolina, 298-296-287=881
11. Iowa State, 299-301-282=882
12. San Diego State, 296-298-295=889
13. Sacramento State, 302-302-288=892
14. Old Dominion, 293-309-293=895
15. Miami, 299-314-289=902
16. New Mexico State, 321-305-298=924
17. Boston University, 307-318-312=937
18. Southern Illinois, 322-320-310=952
T35. Renate Grimstad, 75-74-72=221
T44. Kristyna Frydlova, 75-78-70=223
T57. Macarena Aguilera, 71-80-75=226
T79. Anna Backman, 78-85-72=235
T82. Claudia De Antonio, 78-82-77=237