Women’s golf adds Ay­ora in 2020 class

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FAYET­TEVILLE – Arkansas Women’s Golf and Head Coach Shauna Tay­lor an­nounced the sign­ing of Miriam Ay­ora on Tues­day. The Barcelona, Spain, na­tive joins Cory Lopez in the Hogs’ 2020 class.

“Christ­mas is com­ing early for Arkansas Women’s Golf as we sign Miriam Ay­ora to play for us start­ing in Au­gust,” Tay­lor said. “Miriam has been on our radar for a while and we be­lieve she will be a great ad­di­tion to our team.

“The most im­pres­sive thing about Miriam is that she has tremen­dous up­side; she is just scratch­ing the sur­face with her golf. She pos­sesses the traits we value in our pro­gram: love for the game, great work ethic, and a de­sire to learn and com­pete in aca­demics and in golf. I’m ex­cited about Miriam be­com­ing a Ra­zor­back and look for­ward to help­ing her con­tinue to de­velop and grow in all ar­eas.”

Ay­ora, who comes to Fayet­teville by way of the Lead­bet­ter Golf Academy at Cham­pi­ons­gate in Davenport, Florida, ar­rives at the Bless­ings as a bud­ding Span­ish player. The Barcelona na­tive has plenty of good fin­ishes at top-flight Span­ish events, in­clud­ing a top-10 fin­ish at the 2018 Span­ish Cham­pi­onship (73-73-74-69), a top-five fin­ish at the Cam­pe­onate de Esp­nana FFAA Ab­so­luto Fe­menino (76-73) and wins at the 2019 Op­ti­mist (74-67) and at the 2019 Catalunya Cham­pi­onship (76-65-67).

“I want to im­prove as much as I can on the course and in the class­room, and I think Arkansas is the place for me to do that,” Ay­ora said. “I want to be chal­lenged. I want to see how far I can go.”

Aca­dem­i­cally, Ay­ora is cur­rently un­de­clared. She is the daugh­ter of Mar­i­ano Ay­ora and Su­sana Gomez, and has a brother, Mar­i­ano.

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