University of Miami Athletics

Sara Byrne

Class

Senior

Hometown

Douglas, Cork, Ireland

Instagram

@sarabyrne01

Twitter

@sarabyrne01

Sara Byrne - Golf - University of Miami Athletics

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2024 All-ACC Team
  • ACC Golfer of the Month (Oct. 2023, Feb. 2024)
  • ANNIKA Award Top-15 Watch List
  • 2024 ACC Excellence Award
  • 2023 Irish Golf Writers’ Association’s Women’s Amateur of the Year
  • Celebration of Women’s Athletics Award Winner (2023, 2024)

Career:

  • Only two-time ACC Golfer of the Month honoree in program history
  • Totaled 14 top-10 finishes and 19 top-20 showings in 40 tournaments
  • Shot 55 rounds of par or better across 116 rounds played
  • Recorded a 72.67 career scoring average in four years at Miami
  • Program record holder in:
    • Individual 18-hole score (63; -9)
    • Individual 54-hole score (197; -19)
    • Single-season scoring average (70.34)

Career Statistics

Season Events Rounds Strokes Score Avg. Avg. to Par Rounds of Par-or-Better Best 18-Hole Best 54-Hole Top-10 Finishes Top-20 Finishes Best Place
2020-21 5 15 1,123 74.87 .16 3 64 219 1 T-19th
2021-22 10 29 2,144 73.93 .11 11 68 209 2 1 T-10th
2022-23 13 37 2,700 72.90 .08 17 67 211 3 4 3rd
2023-24 12 35 2,462 70.34 -.08 24 63 197 8 12 1st
TOTALS 40 116 8,429 72.67 .05 55 64 209 14 19 1st
2023-24 (Senior):
  • Two-time ACC Golfer of the Month, the only two-time honoree in program history
  • All-ACC Team honoree
  • Won back-to-back tournaments at Pat Bradley Invitational and Hurricane Invitational
  • Totaled eight top-10 finishes, which ranks tied for second in program history for most in single season
  • Shot par-or-better in 24 of 35 rounds played
  • Set new program record for single-season scoring average at 70.34
  • Shot a 197 (-19) at Hurricane Invitational to set new program record for individual 54-hole score
  • Recorded a 63 (-9) in second round of Hurricane Invitational to set new program mark for individual 18-hole performance
2022-2023 (Junior):
  • Played in 13 tournaments in 2022-23
  • Tallied three top-10 finishes and four top-20 showings
  • Shot 17 rounds of par or better
  • Qualified for NCAA Regional as an individual
  • Placed third at NCAA Palm Beach Regional after shooting 214 (-2)
    • Qualified for NCAA Championship as the top individual on a non-advancing team
  • Finished tied for 100th at NCAA Championship (226; +10)
  • Recorded a season scoring average of 72.90
2021-2022 (Sophomore):
  • Competed in all 10 tournaments
  • Recorded a pair of top-10 finishes, the first of her career
  • Shot 11 rounds of par or better
  • Best finish came at Jim West Challenge and White Sands Invitational where she tied for 10th in back-to-back events
  • Tallied a season-best 209 (-7) at Jim West Challenge
  • Posted a 73.93 season scoring average
2020-2021 (Freshman):
  • Played in five events in a shortened season
    • Season started in January due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Shot par or better in three of 15 rounds played
  • Tallied first career top-20 finish at tied for 19th

Recorded a season scoring average of 74.87

International Experience:
  • Selected to compete for Team International at 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup
  • Represented Ireland at 2023 World Amateur Team Championship
  • Named the 2018 and 2023 Irish Golf Writers’ Association’s Women’s Amateur of the Year
  • 2023 AIG Irish Women’s Close Champion
  • Finished as leading amateur at KPMG Women’s Irish Open