MAINEVILLE, Ohio - The Maryland women’s golf team went shot for shot with Michigan State today as they vied for first in the 2018 Big Ten Championships at TPC River’s Bend, ultimately finishing tied for second with a one-under-par team score of 863 (288-280-295).
The Terrapins’ T-2nd performance marks their best showing in the Big Ten Championships since joining the conference, notably better than their ninth-place performance in last year’s tournament. All of the Terps finished in the top half of the individual standings.
“I’m very proud of our performance this weekend,” Head Coach Diana Cantu said. “We started strong off the bat with an even-par round and then backed it up with a school record-low 8-under-par performance to put ourselves in a position to win the event.”
Sophomore Xiaolin Tian led the Terps, continuing her excellent performance today and finishing the tournament tied for second in the individual standings with a five-under 211 (72-67-72).
“Tian played really well this week and showed maturity on the course as she handled the pressure well. We’re proud of her second place finish.”
Freshman Laura Van Respaille finished the tournament tied for 15th after shooting a remarkably consistent even-par 216 (72-72-72).
Freshman Virunpat Olankitkunchai finished in 24th with a 220 (74-69-77). Junior Ludovica Farina finished tied for 25th with a 221 (71-72-78). Junior Ludovica Scandroglio ended the tournament tied for 34th with a 223 (73-74-76) and freshman Charlotte Lafourcade finished tied for 40th with a 225 (76-74-75).
“Today we were very close but finished the last few holes with a few mistakes that cost us the championship. We take away a lot from this week. We’re a young team hungry to get back at it and work hard toward next year. Overall, the team played strong this week as we finished our season on a high note.”