Miami battled its way to an NCAA Championship ticket to Rich Harvest Farms through a loaded Stanford Regional last spring.
It showed a little of that same grit in holding on to capture the team title in the Hurricane Invitational, which it hosted at the classic Donald Ross design at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes, up a couple of notches to No. 22 in the latest Golfstat rankings, fired a 4-over-par 292 over the 6,150-yard, par-72 Biltmore layout Wednesday to claim the title in its own tournament by three shots over Oklahoma, the highest-rated team in the tournament at No. 15.
Wednesday’s round gave Miami a 2-over 866 total, three shots better than Oklahoma, which also carded a 292 in the final round for a 5-over 869 total. It was the third win of the spring for the Hurricanes, who also bested the field in the Florida Challenge and in the UCF Challenge.
No. 69 Coastal Carolina capped off a really solid showing with a 2-over 290 that left it in third place, just a shot behind Oklahoma at 6-over 870. It was another 12 shots back to No. 47 Virginia Tech in fourth at 18-over 882 as the Hokies, behind individual winner Elizabeth Bose, a junior from Norfolk, Va., had the best team round of the day, a 1-over 289.
No. 63 Maryland finished fifth at 24-over 888, six shots behind Virginia Tech, after a final round of 297. No. 58 Kentucky carded a 299 to finish sixth at 40-over 904, 16 shots behind Maryland.
No. 56 Penn State improved by four shots from a disappointing middle round with a 303 to share seventh place with Barry, the No. 5 team in NCAA Division II, at 910. Barry carded a 306.
Miami was led by Renate Grimstad, a sophomore from Norway, and Dewi Weber, a junior from the Netherlands, both of who made birdies on the 18th hole that helped nail down the team win for the Hurricanes.
Grimstad matched par in the final round with a 72 to finish in a three-way tie for second at 5-under 211, a shot behind Bose. Weber carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish tied for fifth at 3-under 213.
Macarena Aguilera, a sophomore from Argentina, also finished up strong with a 1-under 71 to end up in a tie for 10th at 2-over 218. Kristyna Frydlova, a freshman from the Czech Republic, struggled a little in the final round, but her 78 was the final counter and enabled her to finish tied for 19th at 224.
Serena Hou rounded out the Miami lineup as she struggled to an 86 to finish tied for 69th at 243.
Bose tamed the old-school Biltmore layout with a 2-under 70 in the final round that enabled her to claim her first collegiate victory with a 6-under 210 total. Bose had pulled within one of Grimstad in the individual chase with a 3-under 69 in Tuesday’s second round.
Joining Grimstad in the three-way tie for second at 5-under 211 were a pair of Oklahoma golfers, Rylee Pedigo, a senior from Fort Worth, Texas, and Valerie Tanguay, a senior from Canada. Pedigo carded a 2-under 70.
Tanguay had the best round of the day, a 5-under 67. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Tanguay was competing as an individual. Yes, they would have won the team title had she been included in the lineup, but you bring a player along to compete as an individual for a lot of reasons. It might have been as simple as a reward for a senior who has been a loyal soldier for four years.
It’s also often a case of trying to instill some confidence in a player who is struggling. From that standpoint, Tanguay’s showing at the Biltmore was a rousing success.
Joining Miami’s Weber at 3-under 213 in a tie for fifth was Coastal Carolina’s Sena Ersoy, a junior from Turkey who improved by a shot in every round from an opening-round 72 to a 1-under 71 to a finishing 2-under 70.
Maryland’s Virunpat Olankitkunchai, a freshman from Thailand, carded a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish alone in seventh at 1-under 71.
Penn State was led by sophomore Madelein Herr, the District One Class AAA champion as a senior at Council Rock North. Herr fired her third straight 3-over 75 to finish tied for 24th at 9-over 225.
Junior Lauren Waller, the 2014 PIAA Class AAA runnerup as a senior at Canon-McMillan, junior Cara Basso, the 2012 PIAA Class AA champion as a sophomore at Villa Maria Academy, and junior Jackie Rogowicz, a two-time PIAA runnerup during her career at Pennsbury, finished within two shots of each other.
Waller had a final-round 78 to finish tied for 42nd at 229, Basso bounced back from an 82 in the second round with a solid 2-over 74 to finish a shot behind Waller in a tie for 44th at 230, and Rogowicz posted a 76 to finish a shot behind Basso in 46th at 231.
Rounding out the starting lineup was sophomore Megan McLean, a Voorhees High product. McLean posted an 82 in the final round to finish 67th at 240.
Ariana Coyle Diez, a senior from Ireland, competed as an individual and capped a solid showing with a 1-over 73 to finish tied for 32nd at 227.