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Maryland’s Ludovica Farina qualifies for Women’s British Open

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

After a successful 2017-18 season, Maryland women’s golf will be represented in this week’s RICOH Women’s British Open.

Rising senior Ludovica Farina was one of 17 players to earn a spot in the field through Final Qualifying on Monday. The championship starts Thursday morning at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in England. Farina tees off at 2:22 p.m. local time (9:22 a.m. ET) in the first round.

Farina, who will compete as an amateur, shot a three-under 69 on Monday, carding five birdies to offset two bogeys. That score put her in a 12-woman, sudden-death playoff for seven spots in the tournament. Participants were split into two groups of six, and it took four holes to fill all the spots. Farina made it through over, among others, 10-time LPGA winner Paula Creamer and three-time winner Beatriz Recari.

The Siracusa, Italy, native is part of an incredibly international women’s golf team at Maryland—every player on the 2017-18 squad is from outside the United States. Farina posted the Terps’ best score in three of the six events this past spring, and will be an integral part of the team this coming season. But first, she has a British Open to try to win. (And hey, an Italian already won the men’s tournament!)

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And here’s some women’s basketball summer content for your viewing pleasure.