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Round One Complete at the Moon Golf Invitational

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The University of Miami golf team teed off at the fourth annual Moon Golf Invitational Sunday morning and enter Monday’s second round of action in 12th at eight-over-par.

“Honestly, I am so disappointed,” Miami head coach Patti Rizzo said. “I am not sure what happened, but we fell apart on the back-nine. We will have to make a strong comeback tomorrow.”

Catching fire through the opening five holes as a team, the Hurricanes combined to card eight birdies and sat atop the leaderboard at seven-under-par. However, Miami only registered seven more birdies the rest of the afternoon on the way to placing 12th through 18 holes.

Leading the way for the Hurricanes with a pair of even-par performances, Renate Grimstad carded four birdies at the Par-72, 6,383-yard Duran Golf Club, while Nataliya Guseva registered a team-high five.

Grimstad and Guseva enter the second round among the top-20, tied for 19th.

Following closely behind, Franziska Sliper sits in a tie for 40th at two-over-par.

Rounding out the Hurricanes lineup, Sara Byrne (-6, 78) enters Monday’s action tied for 76th, while Kristyna Frydlova (-7, 79) is tied for 81st.

Miami will pair up with student-athletes from Alabama and Arkansas in the second round, with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m.