Kara Gropler
Kara Gropler

Player Profile

Franklin Lakes, NJ

High School:
DePaul Catholic High School

Height / Weight:
5-4 / 130



On Gropler: Junior letterwinner who could be ready for a breakout season after undergoing some swing changes last year … a consistent performer for the Terps the past two seasons.

Fall 2002: Competed in one tournament for the Terps … carded an 82 in both rounds of the rain-shortened Lady Kat Invitational in Lexington, Ky., the Terps' first tournament of the fall.

Spring 2002: Did not compete for the Terps in the spring.

Fall 2001: Played in two of four fall tournaments … shot her personal best of 76 in the second round of the Unlimited Potential/Baytree Classic … averaged 82.5 strokes per round, third best on the squad.

Spring 2001: Competed in all five tournaments in the spring … played in a total of 13 rounds, most ever by a freshman … averaged 83.1 strokes per round with an adjusted strokes average of 79.90.

Fall 2000: Emerged as one of Terps' top golfers during the fall ... participated in all four tournaments ... led the Terps with an impressive 77.3 strokes per round average over 11 rounds ... fired her career low round of 73 (par) in the Draper Valley/ Lady Highlander Invitational on Sept. 19, one of the only two pars by the Terps in the fall ... finished first on the team in three of the four fall tournaments ... achieved career best in individual tournament placement with a tied-third place finish in the 2000 Nittany Lion Fall Invitational ... the 2000 freshman class was ranked third in the nation by, an NCAA-recognized official collegiate golf website.

Before Maryland: Graduated from DePaul Catholic in 2000 … earned three varsity letters in golf and one in cheerleading … was a second team All-Passaic County selection … a two-time first team All-Northern Hill Conference selection… was recruited by William & Mary, James Madison, Iowa State, Nevada and Georgia State … golf coach at DePaul Catholic was Rich Bayley.

Personal: Born on Oct. 26, 1981 … daughter of Mark and Susan Gropler … brother, Brian, currently plays collegiate golf at Skidmore College … was also a cheerleader during her senior year … received academic honor roll/honors during her high school career … favorite athletes are Troy Aikman and David Duval … chose to come to Maryland because of the campus location, Maryland golf, and academic reputation … currently undecided on a major … had a 3.5 high school GPA.