April 3, 2010
WALLACE, N.C. - The Terrapins captured their second straight top-five finish after concluding the River Landing Intercollegiate two-day tournament in fifth place. Using a team season-low round 285 on the final day of competition, Maryland slid up two spots after finishing yesterday in seventh. The fifth place finish at the River Landing tournament is Maryland's best finish at the tournament in at least 10 years.
This was the third straight year for Maryland at the River Landing Intercollegiate. Previously their best finish came in 2008 when the Terps came in 10th with a 23-over-par 887. Current junior Donnie Shin led the team with a one-under-par 215 and a tie for the No. 5 position that year.
The Terps have thrived on the last day of competition so far. At the College of Charleston Shootout, the Terrapins shaved 19 strokes off their score between the first and last days. This time 10 strokes were the difference between the first and third rounds.
Junior Tom Hanna III led the Terps through all three rounds and earned his first top-20 finish of the spring. Hanna came in a tie for 11th with a two-under-par 214. He registered a low-round 69 in the second set of 18-hole play. Hanna was one of only a handful of individuals who carded eagles during the tournament.
Two other Terrapins finished in the top-20, sophomores John Popeck and Joey Rice. Popeck used a low-round 69 on the final 18, one stroke better than his previous round score, and came in a tie for 15th. The Washington, Pa., native was one stroke under par with a 215. Rice broke even with a 216 after three rounds and a one-under-par 71 in the last round. He improved his position by two spots going from 21st to 19th.
Junior Andrew Kay registered a 10-over-par 226 (75-79-72) and jumped 14 spots in the rankings to tie for No. 52. The 72 on the third round was Kay's best score so far during the spring season. He carded a 71 in the fall at the Firestone Invitational in October.
Shin tied for No. 74. He took almost 10 strokes off his first round performance for a 157 (83-74) after two rounds. Shin finished with a 22-over-par 238. Competing as an individual is junior Sean Brannan who tied with Shin after charting an 80 in the third round. Brannan's best performance was in the second round with a 77.
Maryland competed in the tournament last year, finishing 11th of 15 teams, with a 23-over-par 887. Popeck, a freshman at the time, led the squad with a five-under-par 211 good for a third place tie. He has been the most consistent player so far, averaging a 74.0 per round.
Maryland has two more tournaments on their schedule before they head to New London, N.C., for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational is on April 5 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and the Wolfpack Intercollegiate is April 9 through April 10, almost two weeks before ACC's start. Following the conference tournament, Maryland heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Classic to top off the spring season.