April 9, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - All five members of the University of Maryland men's golf team improved on their scores from the opening round, helping the Terps post their third lowest round of the season with a 5-over-par team score Friday at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Maryland (310-289--599) currently sits 11th on the team leaderboard with a two-round total of 599, sitting at 31-over-par for the tournament. The Terrapins shot a 289 in the second round, only strokes off the lowest team-round score of the season of 285 which was scored in the River Landing Intercollegiate in the final round. Maryland went on to finish tied for fifth for one of its three top-five finishes of the spring.
The Terps improved a dramatic 11 strokes as a team from the opening round. The improvement was one of the best of the tournament and puts the Terrapins in a position to claim a top-10 finish against a tough tournament field. Of the 18 teams in the tournament eight are ranked in the top 50.
Maryland was paced Friday by sophomore John Popeck (75-70--145) who carded a 1-under-par score. Popeck, who was leading the Terrapins heading into the second round, posted two birdies to sit in a tie for 6th. The native of Washington, Pa., scored one birdie on the back-nine after bogeying the 13th hole, but responded two holes later by birdying the par-5 No. 15 hole to remain even-par at the turn. Popeck improved to one-under-par after staying even through the front nine and adding a birdie on the second hole.
Junior Donnie Shin jumped 11 spots up the leaderboard Friday with a two-over-par 73 in the second round. He improved his score in the latter round by four strokes using two birdies. The junior sits in a tie for 39th.
Freshman Joey Rice, senior Tom Hanna III and junior Andrew Kay all made improvements on their scores through the second round as well. Both Kay and Hanna sit in a tie for 60th with a score of 153. Kay's score saw the most improvement, taking nine strokes off his total in the second round. The Pittsford, N.Y., native made an impressive turnaround in the final 18 holes of the day after a 10-over-par performance in the first round. Kay birdied three holes, two in the back-nine of the second round for a one-over-par 72. Hanna used four birdies in his second round performance to shave five strokes off his score. Rice saw three strokes come off his game between the two rounds as he birdied two holes in the front-nine of the second round. Rice goes in to the final round of tournament play in a tie for 73 with a 13-over-par 155.
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