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Non-Revenue Sports Recap: Women’s Golf

A solid year ended with a disappointing finish at the NCAA Regional, while a junior made history

The Miami women’s golf program competes in tournaments all over the country from September through May. The Lady Canes are led by alumni and former All-American Patti Rizzo, who just completed her 8th season as head coach in Coral Gables after 20 years on the LPGA Tour. The team had high expectations for the season after two consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship in 2016 and 2017, the first of which ended a 24 year drought for the program. While Miami fell short of that goal this season, there were plenty of accomplishments for the Canes out on the links.

Junior Dewi Weber became the first golfer in the program’s history to be named an All-American three times after being recognized as a WGCA All-America Honorable Mention. Weber was Honorable Mention in 2016 (despite finishing as the NCAA Runner-up that season), and followed that up with a Second Team nod in 2017. The Groningen, Netherlands native had 4 top-5 finishes this season, including a victory at the UCF Challenge. The junior finished with a 72.03 stroke average this season, after shooting under par in 14 of 29 rounds.

Sophomore Renate Grimstad had a breakout season of her own in the #2 slot for the Canes. The Bergen, Norway native had 3 top-5 finishes, as she was the runner-up at both the UCF Challenge and the Hurricane Invitational.

As a team (the scores of the top 4 competitors on each team are combined) the Lady Canes took home 3 victories out of their 10 tournaments, winning the Florida Challenge, the UCF Challenge and the Hurricane Invitational. Needing a top 6 finish at the NCAA Regional to advance to the National Championships, Miami unfortunately fell short finishing 15th after losing their #3 golfer, Kristyna Frydlova, to illness. Renate Grimstad led the team at the Regional with a score of 3-over to finish 24th overall, followed by Dewi Weber, who scored 5-over for the tournament to finish 34th overall.

With all of their current roster returning next season, the Canes will hope to return to their 2016-17 form and compete for an ACC crown and NCAA Championship appearance. Check back next week for more recaps of our non-revenue sports at the U!