UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Maryland women's golf team swept the team and individual titles at the Penn State Invitational this weekend in University Park, Pa. The Terps topped the Nittany Lions by three strokes for the team win and freshman Laura Van Respaille finished four-under overall for the individual title.
As a team, the Terps shot a 282 in Saturday’s second round, which was the lowest score of the tournament. They finished with an overall combined score of 863 (293-282-288), which was one-under par.
Van Respaille earned her first collegiate individual win with an overall score of 212 (74-68-70), which was four-under par. Penn State’s Madelein Herr and Cara Basso finished two strokes behind her.
“Coach Kristen and I are really excited for our team,” head coach Diana Cantu said. “It was an awesome weekend and great win for our young team. They have been working hard and getting better every day. It took a full team effort to beat Penn State on their home course. I am really proud of everyone finishing in the top 15. This is a great building block for the season.
I am also really proud of our freshman Laura for winning the tournament individually in just her third collegiate start. She showed a lot of maturity and mental toughness this week.”
Junior Ludovica Farina went even on the weekend and finished sixth. She shot a 216 (71-73-72). Freshman Charlotte Lafourcade took 11th place in the standings with her three-over score of 219 (77-70-72).
Freshman Virunpat Olankitkunchai and sophomore Xiaolin Tian both went six-over par to finish tied for 15th. Olankitkunchai earned her score of 222 with scores of 75-73-74 and Tian earned scores of 73-71-78.
This marks Maryland’s first team win since Oct. 9, 2012 at the Lady Pirate Invitational. Panitta Yusabai won the Terps’ last individual title at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 14, 2017.
The Terrapins topped Bucknell, Delaware, Harvard, Ohio, Penn, Princeton, Seton Hall, South Florida, Yale, Rutgers, Columbia and Youngstown State. The Penn State Invitational was played at Penn State’s Blue Course.
Next, Maryland will compete in the Pinehurst Challenge Oct. 9-10 in Pinehurst, N.C.