April 20, 2007
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Sophomore transfer Chris Gold provided a spark for the University of Maryland with a 1-under-par round of 71 in his first-ever appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championships being held at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point.
Gold, a transfer from Texas Tech, was tied for seventh after the first round of the 54-hole event, firing the Terrapins best round of the day. Freshman Brendan Tracy, also making his debut in the conference championship, shot a 76 for the Terrapins, matching the opening round of senior Matt Schall and tying for 37th place.
As a team, Maryland ended the day in 10th place with a 300. The Terps were only seven shots out of sixth place, though, in a tightly-bunched field.
Clemson held the first-round lead in the team standings, shooting 285 on the par-72 layout. The Tigers were one stroke ahead of Duke and two strokes better than a third-place tie of Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Individually, Clemson's Kyle Stanley and Virginia Tech's Ryan Sypniewski held the lead after Friday's first round, each shooting 4-under-par 68. They led by one stroke over Michael Schachner of Duke, Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech and Martin Ureta of North Carolina.
Maryland will tee off in the first group at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The final 18 holes will be played on Sunday.
1 Clemson 285 285 -3 2 Duke University 286 286 -2 T3 Georgia Tech 287 287 -1 T3 North Carolina 287 287 -1 5 Virginia Tech 289 289 +1 T6 Virginia, U. of 293 293 +5 T6 Wake Forest Univ. 293 293 +5 8 North Carolina State 295 295 +7 9 Florida State Univ. 298 298 +10 10 Maryland, U. of 300 300 +12 11 Boston College 310 310 +22MARYLAND SCORES
T7. Chris Gold 35-36--71; T37. Brendan Tracy 38-38--76; T37. Matt Schall 40-36--76; T42. Tyler Witman 38-39--77; T48. Hunter Bendall 39-39--78.