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Maryland Gains Momentum in Mexico, Kanpai Earns Third Top-10 Finish of the Season

Maryland Gains Momentum in Mexico, Kanpai Earns Third Top-10 Finish of the Season

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – Freshman Nicha Kanpai finished in a two-way tie for seventh at the Collegiate Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club this weekend. Maryland placed in seventh place of 12 teams at 37 over par. 

Kanpai, who entered this week as the 87th-ranked collegiate player in the country according to Golfstat, posted a score of  220 (72-72-76), which was four over par. This marks her third top-10 finish of the 2022-23 season. 

“Nicha played extremely well for 54-holes,” said head coach Kelly Hovland. “She handled herself and her game on a very difficult course against some of the best players in the country. This top-10 finish should give her a ton of confidence to start the spring season, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for her!”

The Team

The No. 33rd ranked Junior Patricie Mackova finished in a four-way tie for 23rd, posting 226 (77-74-75) (+10).


Sophomore Panassaya Somchit finished in a three-way tie for 40th, posting 231 (80-71-80) (+13).

Senior Angela Garvin finished in a two-way tie for 47th, posting 233 (84-75-74) (+18).

Senior Maria Vittoria Corbi finished in a two-way tie for 50th, posting 235 (77-80-78) (+11).

Over the two-day tournament (Feb. 5-6), Maryland played the par-72 Guadalajara Country Club, designed by the late John Bredemus. The tournament consisted of 54 holes of play (27 holes Sunday and 27 holes Monday) hosted by the University of Virginia. The field played from 6,333 yards.


From the Coaches’ Eye – Hovland’s Analysis…

“Finishing seventh in the strongest field in the country is a great start to the season. I am really proud of their resilience and ability to adapt throughout the week. We were able to generate momentum, make lots of birdies in stretches, and move past some mistakes quickly to regain that momentum. I am impressed with what I saw in stretches during this tournament, and this was a great first step in this team’s journey!”

By The Numbers

-2: Eagles made by Maryland (P. Mackova and P. Somchit) – led the field

-5: Defeated nationally ranked teams (No. 8 Ohio State, No. 12 Virginia, Big Ten foe No. 29 Michigan, No. 38 Tennessee, No. 39. North Carolina)

-75.98: Average score in the field (over three rounds)

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