Feb. 27, 2009

Courtesy of Miami and Central Arkansas

Kiawah Island, S.C. – University of Miami sophomore Christina Hirano finished tied for sixth after shooting even-par 72 for her highest finish in her UM career, and the Hurricanes recorded their best score shooting 11-over par 299 in the tournament’s final round to capture a share of the title at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on Tuesday at Cougar Point Golf Club.

 

Miami won its first team tournament since the 2004-05 season, when the Hurricanes won the Ryder Florida Collegiate Golf Championship – one of two tournaments UM won that season. The Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic was the largest collegiate women’s golf event in the country. Of the 43 teams participating in the tournament, 21 were currently ranked in the top 100 by Golfweek and five top 40 teams finished behind Miami.

 

The Hurricanes shot a season-best 904 for the tournament tying Central Arkansas (904) who also earned a share of the title.  Miami and Central Arkansas were declared co-champions since both teams could not participate in a playoff due to travel arrangements. East Tennessee State (908) finished third followed by No. 27 Florida (912) who was fourth and No. 34 Ole Miss (913) who placed fifth. No. 45 Kentucky, No. 28 Oregon and No. 40 UCF were the other nationally ranked top 40 teams placing in the top 10.

 

Four UM golfers placed in the top 40 of the 215 golfers in the field. Central Arkansas’s Nicole Forshner and ETSU’s Sinead O’Sullivan tied for the individual title after shooting two-over par 218.

 

Christina Hirano turned in her best performance of the tournament Tuesday shooting even-par 72 in claiming the second top 10 finish for her this season. She ended up shooting five-over par 221, which also was a season best. She played solid for the Hurricanes picking up four birdies in a day for the second time in the tournament as she shot one-over par 37 on the front nine and one-under par 35 on the back nine.

 

Freshman Begona Sarabia led Miami on the day firing a one-over par 73 as she tied for 14th. Sarabia tallied a nine-over par 225 in her 54 holes of golf, which also was a season-best.

 

Fellow freshman Jennifer Hirano shot five-over par 77 in her final round finishing in a tie for 25th. She was 12-over par 228 for the tournament. Sophomore Maria Ronderos matched Hirano also shooting five-over par 77 in her final round. Ronderos collected two birdies and ended the tournament tied for 37th.

 

Senior Anabelle Paulino posted a nine-over par 81 on the final 18 holes and shot 241.

 

The Hurricanes will now hit the road for the Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State in San Jose, Calif. on Mar. 2-3.

 

Miami Individual Results

T6 Christina Hirano             75-74-72=221 (+5)

T14 Begona Sarabia          72-80-73=225 (+9)

T25 Jennifer Hirano            77-74-77=228 (+12)

T37 Maria Ronderos           76-77-77=230(+14)

T115 Anabelle Paulino      79-81-81=241 (+25)

 

Team Results

T1 Miami (Fla.)                     300-305-299=904 (+40)

T1 Central Arkansas           310-300-294=904 (+40)

3 East Tennessee St.          300-306-302=908 (+44)

4 Florida                                 309-303-300=912 (+48)

5 Mississippi                         305-306-302=913 (+49)

6 College of Charleston     307-310-298=915(+51)

T7 Kentucky                          312-302-303=917 (+53)

T7 Oregon                            310-311-296=917 (+45)

9 UCF                                    306-307-305=918 (+54)

T10 South Florida               314-304-306=924 (+60)

T10 Oregon State                 319-309-296=924 (+60)

T12 Augusta State               315-307-303=925 (+61)

T12 Western Carolina        306-311-308=925 (+61)

T14 Illinois State                  319-300-301=926 (+62)

T14 Oral Roberts                303-318-305=926 (+62)

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KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - The University of Central Arkansas women's golf team shot a 294, the lowest round of the day, to secure a first place tie with Miami (Fla.) at the College of Charleston Kiawah Island Classic on Tuesday. The Sugar Bears compiled a three-round score of 310-300-294=904 at the 43-team event, the largest tournament field in NCAA collegiate golf history.

Senior Nicole Forshner also finished first with a 74-73-71=218, tying Sinead O'Sullivan of East Tennessee State.

"It's a fantastic feeling," said UCA head coach Ryke Dismuke. "It's a landmark tournament for Central Arkansas women's golf. There were a lot of SEC and Big East schools, and five teams in the top 50.

"The girls came together. They shot a score in the third round they haven't done all year. They came out focused and didn't give up the whole day, even when we were down by eight strokes. I am super proud of our kids."

Behind UCA and Miami were East Tennessee State (908), Florida (912), Mississippi (913), College of Charleston (913), Kentucky (917), Oregon (917), UCF (918), Oregon State (924), South Florida (924), Western Carolina (925), Augusta State (925), Illinois State (926), Oral Roberts (926), Toledo (927), Nebraska (928), William & Mary (929), Middle Tennessee State (931), Elon (937), UNC Wilmington (941), Mississippi State (946), Texas State (946), SMU (951), Longwood (957), Jacksonville State (959), Winthrop (963), Charleston Southern (963), Richmond (968), Maryland (972), Cincinnati (972), Kennesaw State (972), Ball State (975), Missouri State (978), USC Upstate (981), Wofford (981), Old Dominion (989), Southern Illinois (990), Bucknell (903), Bradley (994), Mercer (996), Marshall (1,007) and The Citadel (1,043).

Freshman Sara Hillman (81-74-73=228) and junior Rebecca Sorensen (78-76-74-228) both tied for 25th place. Freshman Gemma Hardie (78-77-76=231) tied for 43rd and sophomore Maria Clara Jaramillo (80-85-79=244) tied for 131st.

UCA will be off until March 15 when they play at the Drake Hiddenbrooke Intercollegiate in Vallejo, Calif.