Terps Finish Big at Briar's Creek Invitational

March 26, 2013

JOHNS ISLAND S.C. - Freshman Heidi Baek had a career-best finish tying for 7th and the Maryland Women's golf team secured it's best finish of the spring on Tuesday. Baek shot a 71 in her final round, tying the tournament low and setting a persona-best as a Terp. Baek recorded an 11-over 227 (78-78-71) through three rounds and the team's 292 in the final round was the second lowest of the tournament.

"I'll tell you what, she's been heading in the right direction all year," said Director of Intercollegiate Golf Jason Rodenhaver. "She's a freshman and she's getting a little more comfortable at the University of Maryland. She's very talented and I'm looking forward to great things for her in the future."

Sophomore Juliet Vongphoumy and senior Christine Shimel both had top-20 finishes and helped propel the team into second in the final round. Vongphoumy had her best finish of the spring, tying for 13th with a 228 (78-77-73). Shimel was also strong in the final round, tying for 19th and with a 229 (74-82-73). Maryland shot 914 (312-310-292) as a team and battled harsh conditions playing The Golf Club at Briar's Creek.

"The conditions were probably the worst I've seen in 18 years of coaching," said Rodenhaver. "The wind blew steadily at around 30 miles per hour, but the women hung in there and played great today. I think we had the second lowest round of the day with the wind, and I couldn't be happier."

Notre Dame captured the team title with a 906 (317-300-289) and also had individual champion Ashley Armstrong. The sophomore finished with a one-over 217 (74-72-71), and was one of four players to tie Heidi Baek with the tournament-low single round score (71).

Maryland will return to action in two weeks at the Marsh Creek Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida. The event is Maryland's last prep before the ACC Championships next month.

Full results from the Briar's Creek Invitational cane be found at