Terps Ink Three in 2017 Recruiting Class

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Diana Cantu and the Maryland women’s golf team has signed three talented players who will be set to compete next fall for the Terps.

The Terps will welcome Charlotte Lafourcade (France), Virunpat Olankitkunchai (Thailand) and Laura Van Respaille (France) to the women’s golf program next season.

"This is one of the most complete classes in the history of the women's golf program at Maryland,” Cantu said. “Coach Simpson and I are very much looking forward to having Charlotte, Virunpat, and Laura make an immediate impact on our program and our quest to compete for Big Ten championships."

Charlotte Lafourcade

Biarritz, France

Lafourcade Highlights:


  • 5th best player in France in the European Golf Rankings
  • 2nd place Annika Invitational Europe (74-70-70)
  • 2nd place Spanish International Strokeplay (72-68-79)
  • Tied 4th Doral Publix Junior Championship


  • Winner Paca Women’s Grand Prix
  • Winner with French Team and second individually at the European Young Masters U-16

Cantu on Lafourcade: "When Charlotte and her family notified us of her commitment to Maryland, we could not have been more thrilled as she is a game-changer for our program.  She has had a tremendous year on the course and has developed into one of Europe's top players. Charlotte is a highly-motivated and determined young lady and will have an immediate impact on our program."

Virunpat Olankitkunchai

Bangkok, Thailand

Olankitkunchai Highlights:


  • 4th Kartini Cup (South East Asia Amateur Golf Team Championship (Team Thailand Winner and individual winner) (74-70- 72-66)
  • Srixon International Junior Classic Overall Girl Winner (75-73- 69-68)
  • Asian Junior Golf Team championship 2nd place (Thailand Team)
  • Harrow International School Sport Player of the Year
  • SINGHA Thailand Amateur Open 3rd place (67-76-76-74)
  • Finnish Amateur Championship 5th place (76-73-75)


  • Harrow International School Sport Player of the Year


  • Singha-Sat Thai LPGA Championship (70-72- 67)
  • Callaway Junior World Championship 10th place (71-75- 67-71)

Cantu on Olankitkunchai: "We are very excited to have Virunpat join our Terp family. She is a great young lady with an awesome personality. Virunpat is a great player who has had much success all over the world. She will have an immediate impact on our team and we are looking forward to mentoring her to become a top collegiate player."

Laura Van Respaille

Wambrechies, France

Respaille Highlights:


  • 20th best player in France in the European Golf Rankings
  • Made it to match play at Girls British Open Championship (76-71 par 73)
  • 2nd place at Grand Prix de Ligue PACA (74-72-74)
  • Tied 7th Total International Juniors of Belgium (75-79-72-76)
  • 1st place Grand Prix Nord-Pas de Calais (68-69 par 73)


  • Tied 2nd at Grand Prix de la Cote D-Opale (75-69-76)
  • 3rd Total International Juniors of Belgium (77-73-71-77)
  • 1st place Gran Prix Dulys Chantilly (70-77-71)

Cantu on Respaille: "We are thrilled to announce that Laura will be joining our program next August. Laura is a very smart and confident young lady with an incredible talent for golf. Laura is excited to come to Maryland and compete in the Big Ten.  She trusts the vision of the coaching staff and program which is instrumental in our continued progress. Coach Simpson and I look forward to welcoming Laura to College Park next fall.”