April 18, 2008
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Sophomore Chris Gold shot a 2-over-par 74 to tie for 33rd individually and lead University of Maryland players Friday in the first round of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf championship being played at the Old North State Club at Uhwarrie Point.
Maryland shot a 304 to place 11th as a team after the opening 18 holes. The Terrapins were in 11th place in a strong field that included eight teams ranked among the top 40 in the nation. Maryland is also playing a lineup that includes three freshmen and only one player (Gold) who has played the Old North State Club layout.
Duke and Florida State tied for the lead in the team standings at 9-under-par 279. They led by two strokes over North Carolina and by five shots over a three-way tie for fourth that included NC State, Clemson and Wake Forest.
Gold opened 2-over-par through six holes, but settled down to shoot even par over the final 12. He was one of four Terps to birdie the par-5 18th hole on the day and finished with a 74.
Andrew Kay joined Gold with an even-par 36 on the back nine to post a 75 and tie for 37th individually. He had three birdies in Friday's first round. Tom Hanna III also had 36 on the back nine en route to a 76 and a tie for 47th, also having three birdies in his round.
Matt Hill of NC State took the individual lead after day one, firing a 5-under-par 67. He led by one stroke over Webb Simpson of Wake Forest, Chase MacFarland of North Carolina and Matthew Savage of Florida State.
Maryland and Boston College will have the first tee times of the day, opening play at 8:30 a.m. Second- and third-round highlights will be available on ACCSelect.com, while live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com.
T1. Duke 279; T1. Florida State 279; 3. North Carolina 282; T4. NC State 284; T4. Clemson 284; T4. Wake Forest 284; 7. Georgia Tech 287; 8. Virginia Tech 289; 9. Virginia 294; 10. Boston College 303; 11. MARYLAND 304.