Kate Stepanek
Kate Stepanek

Player Profile

Guilford, Conn.

High School:
Guilford HS



Fall 2005: Won two individual titles for the Terrapins during the fall season... Won the Wolverine Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan (10/1 & 10/2) with a 54-hole total of 3-over-par 219 (rounds of 73-71-75)... Trailed Michigan's Amy Schmucker by one shot going into the final round but won by three strokes... Had rounds of 69-67-75--211 to win the Taco Bell Intercollegiate hosted by East Carolina (10/21-23)... Her 54-hole total of 211 was 5-under-par and included her career-best 54-hole and 18-hole scores... Emilie Geury of Augusta State was second, four shots back... Led or tied for the top spot on the team in all five fall events, finishing with a 73.7 scoring average... 9 rounds were of 75 or lower, with 6 at even par or better... Also had a top-10 finish with a T6th at the Edwin Watts / Palmetto Intercollegiate (77-72-76--225).

Spring 2005: Finished the 2004-05 full season with a team-best 77.2 scoring average, with 27 of her 28 rounds counting toward the team total... Had 13 of her 14 spring rounds count toward the team score (79.1 scoring average in spring events)... Best finish was a tie for 2nd at the Spider Spring Invitational, where she tied teammate Kelly Calkin at 72-81--153... Terps had three top-10 finishes en route to the team title... Also had a top-10 finish at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Invitational, tying for 7th at 72-80-77--229... Both 72s were her low 18 for the spring season... Finished second on the team at the 2005 ACC Championship, tying for 28th overall at 83-81-81--245.

Fall 2004: Showed tremendous improvement over the summer, as she dominated play in the fall season... Won her first collegiate medalist honor, capturing the individual title at the Lady Jaguar Invitational in Augusta, Ga... Scored 76-76--152 to win and lead Maryland to the team title... Posted three sub-par rounds in the fall, identical rounds of 1-under 71 to shoot 213 and place second at the Taco Bell Intercollegiate... Led the Terps in four of the five fall events, as 14 of her 15 rounds counted toward the team total.

Spring 2004: Had 14 of her 15 spring rounds count toward the team total, tying senior Marie Harper for best on the team in that category... Was fourth on the team in the spring with a 78.9 scoring average, but her 78.0 average over the entire 2003-04 school year was second on the team only to Harper... Best finish of the spring was a tie for 21st at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Invitational (80-77-81--238)... Finished in a tie for 31st at the ACC Championships with rounds of 78-81-74--233... Was second on the team at the Lady Seahawk and the Miccosukee Championship in Miami (T22nd, 80-83-78--241)... Led the team in team-scoring rounds with 25 of 26 over the course of the '03-04 year.

Fall 2003: Had strong debut for Maryland as true freshman during four fall events... finished second on team with 76.6 scoring average, just behind Marie Harper's team-best 76.5... posted best 18-hole total by Maryland player during fall with opening-round 70 at the Nittany Lion Fall Invitational... 2-under score of 70 was one of only two under-par rounds recorded by Maryland during fall season... finished T13th with scores of 70-77-82--229, as four Terps placed among top 20 to earn fourth-place team finish... was low Maryland scorer in her collegiate debut, placing T33rd at Cougar Classic hosted by College of Charleston... scored 75-76-81--232 in that event... also led Terp finishers with T9th at Edwin Watts / Palmetto Intercollegiate with 73-73-79--225, tying teammate Katie Redeker for Stepanek's first top-10 finish as a collegian.

Before Maryland: Was team MVP and team captain as junior and senior at Guilford HS... qualified for boys state championship in Connecticut... earned all-area honors both seasons and was 2002 All-State pick... tied for 6th at SCC league championship as a junior by shooting a 76... averaged 38.7 in 9-hole matches as a senior... qualified for U.S. Girls Nationals in Kansas during 2001... was also an all-area and all-state swimmer, earning All-America consideration... was a sprint freestyler, with best time of 24.2 in 50-yard free... competed as an individual as Guilford didn't have an official team... earned an invitation to YMCA swimming nationals.

Personal: Born in New Haven, Conn... parents are Mary and Hal Stepanek... has two younger sisters... cousins Ben Day (Xavier) and Dan Day (Guilford Coll.) also played collegiate golf... enjoys jet skiing and reading... lists Davis Love III as her favorite athlete due to his steady, confident play... chose Maryland over College of Charleston and Tulane... hopes to major in communications.