Kocher, Knade Finish at NCAA Regionals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior David Kocher and sophomore Peter Knade of the Maryland men's golf team finished up at NCAA Regionals in Columbus, Ohio this week. The two competed as individuals and through tough weather conditions in the Columbus Regional at The Ohio State University Golf Course.

Kocher wrapped up his stellar four-year career. He shot an even 72 in Wednesday's third and final round. He finished with a final score of 226 (77-77-72), which was +13. 

"We are certainly going to miss David Kocher," head coach Jason Rodenhaver said. "He had a great career at Maryland. He played in every event for four years, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals all four of his seasons. He worked his tail off for me and the team and I wish him nothing but the best as he embarks on his professional career."

Knade finished with a final score of 229 (81-74-74), which was +16.

"Peter made a huge jump for us this year," Rodenhaver said. "He was solid all year. He earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals and was close to garnering All-Big Ten10 honors. I know he'll work hard this summer with the vision of coming back in the fall ready to lead the team for the next two years." 

Kocher is the first Terrapin to receive an NCAA Regionals individual bid in all four years of his career. This was Knade's first appearance. He earned All-Big Ten honors earlier this month for the third time in his four-year career. He was voted to the Second Team by the league’s head coaches.

Last month at the Big Ten Championships in Baltimore, Kocher finished tied for fifth in the individual standings and made the All-Big Ten Tournament Team for the third time in his four years. He finished with an overall score of 212 (69-68-75), which was two strokes over.

He has won two collegiate individual titles in his time at Maryland, including the Tiger Invitational earlier this spring in Opelika, Ala. His career scoring average of 71.8 is the lowest in the Maryland record books (since 1999) and his four season scoring averages top the Maryland record books as well.

Kocher has also been named to the PING All-Northeast Region Team in each of his first three seasons at Maryland and earned two Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors.