Sept. 16, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
University of Maryland's men's golf team will try to rebound from a difficult start to its fall campaign when it competes in the James Madison University Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Harrisonburg, Va.
The 54-hole, 18-team tournament will be contested on the "Peak" (front) and "Lake" (back) nines at Lakeview Golf Course, a par-72 layout covering 6,517 yards.
In addition to the Terps, who finished third out of 24 teams in this same tournament last fall, teams competing in this year's field include host JMU, Iona, St. Joseph's, Rutgers, Villanova, Lehigh, Georgetown, George Washington, Liberty, William & Mary, Towson, Princeton, St. John's, George Mason, Richmond, Penn State and Pennsylvania.
"A year ago we had this tournament won, but one of our young players shot a 10 on the final hole and we ended up third," said 12th-year head coach Tom Hanna. "It was a freshman mistake. We finished the tournament two under par, but I think we played the last three or four holes five over. We just didn't hold it together. We will be facing another good field this weekend, and we are going to have to play smart, intelligent golf and limit our mistakes."
Hanna will put his nine-member team through qualifying this week before determining his lineup. In the team's season-opening effort Sept. 9-10 at Kiawah Island, he fielded a group including one senior, one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen. Playing a difficult Turtle Point Golf Course for the first time - "it played extremely hard, 7,100 yards into the wind," according to the head coach - the Terps finished tied for 13th with a 54-hole total of 920. Junior Tim Kane led the way by finishing in a tie for 31st place. He was followed by senior co-captain John Moheyer, who rebounded from an opening-round 82 with rounds of 75-74. Moheyer finished in 39th place.
True freshman John Eades of Charlotte, N.C., impressed the Terps' head coach with his 78-76-79 effort in his first action in a major college tournament.
"None of the kids were happy with their scores, but when you look at them compared to a lot of top 15 and top 20 teams, we beat them on an individual basis two out of three days," said Hanna. "We just got off to a bad start."
Added Hanna: "The players know they have a lot of work to do. This isn't like last year when we could just walk on a golf course and shoot 288. This team is very capable of doing that, but they will have to work hard and pay attention to detail. We made too many mental errors. I still believe we have the talent and the capability to get to the NCAA regionals and nationals."