Kocher Leads Terps at B1G Championships

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The Maryland men's golf team finished up at the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships Sunday at the Five Farms Golf Course at the Baltimore Country Club.

Junior David Kocher led the way for Maryland, finishing fourth overall and earning All-Tournament Team honors. In Sunday's second round, he posted the lowest score in the field with a five-under 65. Kocher birdied five of his last nine holes, using just 30 strokes. He finished the tournament -2 overall with a score of 208 (71-72-65).

Sophomore Timothy Colanta went two-under Sunday with a score of 68. He birdied five holes on the day, including the last two. He finished the weekend +7 with a score of 217 (72-77-68) and tied for 24th.

Freshman Bennett Buch finished with an overall score of 221 (77-70-74), which was +11. Freshman Peter Knade earned a score of 225 (75-77-73).

Sophomore Justin Feldman went even in Sunday's third round with a 70. He earned an overall score of 226 (80-76-70).

As a team, the Terrapins posted the lowest score of the day, 276, along with Iowa. Maryland moved up four spots to finish eighth with a score of 866 (295-295-276), which was +26.

“This tournament summed up our spring. We were up and down all season,” head coach Jason Rodenhaver said. “We're a young group and our inexperience showed throughout the year. I was really proud of how we finished up today with the low round of the day. That's proof we can play with the best teams in our league. It's been a long grind, we'll get through finals in a few weeks and hopefully the guys have good summers and come back stronger in the fall.”

The tournament was played at one of the most iconic and historic country clubs in the United States in Baltimore Country Club. Established in 1898, the par-70 East Course features 96 bunkers and has received many honors including Golfweek's list of America's Top-100 Classic Courses.

In last year's Big Ten Championships in Newburgh, Ind., Kocher finished tied for sixth and Colanta tied for 14th. As a freshman in 2015, Kocher tied for third at the Big Ten Championships.

Kocher earned All-Big Ten honors in his freshman and sophomore seasons and was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on April 19 for the second time in his career.