Terrapins Tie for Fourth in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Maryland women's golf team finished tied for fourth out of 15 teams competing in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Tuesday. 

As a team, the Terps earned a score of 862 (291-282-289), which was +10.

“It was a good event for us this week,” head coach Diana Cantu said. “We had a young team playing with three freshmen in the lineup, and I'm very proud of their performance. We stayed in the present, one shot at a time, and played close to our best. Our players learned a lot by being paired with two top 25 teams in the country today. That is great experience for them. As our freshmen keep gaining confidence on the course, we will keep improving and will be tough to beat.”

Sophomore Xiaolin Tian tied for seventh in the individual standings. She earned an overall score of 210 (68-72-70), which was three-under overall.

Junior Ludovica Farina tied for 16th and went even on the tournament with her score of 213 (74-66-73).

Freshman Charlotte Lafourcade tied for 27th with her score of 217 (74-71-72), which was +4. Freshman Virunpat Olankitkunchai shot a score of 224 (75-75-74), which was +11. Freshman Laura Van Respaille finished with a score of 225 (76-73-76), which was +12.

“I'm proud of Tian for another top 10 finish in a strong field, as well as Ludovica Farina for shooting a college career low five-under in the second round,” Cantu said. “We beat Wake Forest, Kentucky, NC State, and SMU, who are all really good teams. This is a great start for us.”

The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship is played at the Cherokee Country Club (par 71, 5,897 / 5,840 yards).

The field included 15 teams, including BYU, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, ETSU, Illinois, Iowa, Kent State, Kentucky, Missouri, NC State, SMU, UTSA, Wake Forest and tournament-host Tennessee.