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Terp Advances to Women’s Golf NCAA Championships

By Maryland Today Staff

Sophomore Virunpat Olankitkunchai of UMD’s women's golf team finished tied for third in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Regional on Wednesday hosted by Auburn University, becoming the first in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Olankitkunchai was one of three individuals in the regional in Alabama to qualify for the national championships, which will be held May 17–22 at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

"We are so proud of Virunpat," Head Coach Diana Cantu said. "She is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen, and she deserves to move on.”

Olankitkunchai shot a one-over 73 in the third and final round to finish with a score of 213 (70–70–73), which was three under total. She tied with Duke's Jaravee Boonchant, the ninth-ranked player in the country, and Morgan Baxendale of Vanderbilt.

This marked the fifth all-time trip to regionals for the Terrapins and a first for Cantu.

“I think this week, our team realized what they are capable of, and we are going to take all of the experience we gained and use it to be even better next year,” Cantu said. “Wrapping up the best season in Maryland women's golf history only gives us more confidence for next year."

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