Terps Begin '14 Campaign at Hurricane Invitational

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a solid fall season in which the Maryland women’s golf team had three top-10 finishes, the team will look to build off that in their spring season opener in Coral Gables, Fla., at the Hurricane Invitational Monday, March 3.

In the fall, Juliet Vongphoumy, Emily Gimpel and Heidi Baek led the Terps. The three played in all five of the fall tournaments and had top-15 finishes.

“We have a competitive schedule this spring,” head coach Jason Rodenhaver said.  “We have to play well to move up in the rankings. The girls have been working hard for the past four weeks and they're ready to go. We open up in Miami and we are certainly looking forward to the opportunity to compete.”

Vongphoumy, a junior, led the Terps with a round average of 74.6 in the fall season. She finished in the top-20 in three of Maryland’s five tournaments.  Her best performance of the fall season was at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate when she finished in third place with a total score of 219 (73-72-74).

“Juliet has been consistent for us the past two years,” Rodenhaver said. “For our program to get into the regional mix, she needs to have a great spring. She’s worked extremely hard this winter and I have high expectations for her this spring.”

Gimpel will look to end her Terps career on a high note this spring. She had a round average of 75.53 in the fall.  Her best performance of the fall was at the Starmount Classic. She finished in 13th place with a score of 221 (71-75-75).

“Emily has flourished in her new role as team captain this year,” Rodenhaver said.  “She's been a consistent performer for the past two and a half years. As a senior, I hope she has a great spring to finish off her college career.”

Baek had a dynamic start to her sophomore year in the fall. She finished in the top-10 at three tournaments and had the second best round average on the team at 75.27. Baek was most impressive at the Pat Bradley Invitational when she shot a total score of 212 (71-71-70). It was the lowest tournament score for any Terp in the fall.

“Heidi really came on this past fall,” Rodenhaver said. “She had her career low at Kiawah. I think she's more comfortable both on and off the golf course and it shows in her play.”

For the final two spots in the lineup for the fall season, Rodenhaver used three different golfers to round out the lineup.

Alexandria Papell made the most of her freshman year, competing in four tournaments and posted a round average of 77.25. Jessica Gregory golfed in three tournaments and recorded a round average of 77.11. She finished seventh at the Starmount Classic. Panitta Yusabai had a solid start to her freshman year, playing in three of the Terps’ tournaments while shooting a round average of 77.67.

“Both Allie and Jessica have showed they can play at the Division I collegiate level,” Rodenhaver said. “For our program to get into the NCAA regional mix they both need to be more consistent in their play.” 

The Terps will compete against Campbell, Daytona State, East Carolina, Iowa, Iowa State, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Longwood, Mercer, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Texas State, Texas Tech, South Florida and host Miami March 3-5 at the Hurricane Invitational at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables.