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Terp Competes in NCAA Women’s Golf Championships for 1st Time in Program History

By Maryland Today Staff

Sophomore Virunpat Olankitkunchai of the Maryland women's golf team, the first player in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, finished tied for 43rd on Monday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

She entered the tournament ranked No. 72 in the country and wrapped it up with a score of 230 (83–73–74), which was +11 overall on the par-73 course.

Olankitkunchai, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, who earned All-Big Ten First Team honors this year, was one of only three individuals from the Auburn Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

"Having (Olankitkunchai) compete here is a big deal,” Head Coach Diana Cantu said. “We're really excited to be here and have the experience and see that we can get here as a team, hopefully soon. It gives us the motivation to work really hard to get here all together."

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