May 1, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore John Popeck sits in a tie for 20th after the first day of the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va. Popeck carded a three-over-par 75 after an impressive 34 on the front nine. The Maryland team is currently in seventh.
Popeck is currently in the top three of all players in par three scoring and birdies. The Washington, Pa., native notched five birdies Saturday afternoon.
All five Terrapins flourished in the front nine of the par-72, 6,875-yard Birdwood Golf Course. Junior Tom Hanna registered a 34 in the first half of the course. Hanna completed the day with a 79, tying for 40th. Sophomore Joey Rice also tallied a 79. Junior Sean Brannan carded a 77 and is tied for 28th. Brannan's classmate Andrew Kay finished in 65th with an 84.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning with split tee times at 8:30/8:35 a.m. ET due to the threat of poor weather later in the day.
The Virginia men currently lead the 11 teams with a three-over-par 291.
The field includes Appalachian State, Binghamton, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Maryland, No. 34 NC State, Seton Hall, Tennessee State and Virginia.
Four years ago Maryland took the title at the Cavalier Classic with an 871 (295-281-295). In 2006 former Terp Blaine Peffley has tied for first with a 216 (73-68-75) but fell to UVA's Brad Tilley in the playoff for medalist honors. Since then Virginia has won it twice and South Carolina took the crown last year.
Most recently the Terrapins finished tied for ninth with North Carolina at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in New London, N.C. Maryland earned an 878 (290-289-299). Sophomore John Popeck led the squad, finishing tied for 15th after carding a one-under-par 215 (72-69-74).
The Terps have had six top-10 finishes this season, including a tournament title at Rehoboth Beach. The best collective performance from the Terps came at River Landing. They turned in a two-over-par 285.
There is no live scoring for the Cavalier Classic. Results will be posted on VirginiaSports.com after each round.