Peffley Sparks Terp Men to Best ACC Finish in Seven Years

April 23, 2006

NEW LONDON, N.C. - Junior transfer Blaine Peffley shot rounds of 68 and 73 on Sunday to tie for 19th individually and lead the University of Maryland to a seventh-place finish in the team standings at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championships.

The event was held for the fifth straight year at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point.

Maryland's seventh-place finish was the best for the team since 1999, when the Terrapins placed sixth. Maryland's team score of 865 was its best in the 10 seasons the event has been held at the Old North State Club. The Terps, unranked despite being the top-rated team in the NCAA's Mid-Atlantic District, finished just two strokes behind 46th-ranked Florida State and were one shot better than 15th-ranked Duke.

Peffley and Tully Coyle each shot 1-over-par 73's on the 7,102-yard layout in Sunday's final round to lead the Terrapins. The second round was suspended due to rain on Saturday and was played early Sunday morning. Peffley's tie for 19th individually was Maryland's best individual finish in three seasons, since John Eades tied for 12th in 2003. Peffley, who shot a 68 in the second round, finished his 54-holes with a 2-under-par total of 214.

Eades, playing in his fourth ACC Championship, tied for 26th individually at even-par 216, with Tyler Witman matching Coyle's 54-hole total of 220 after a 71-75 posting on Sunday, each finishing in a tie for 35th. Matt Schall closed with a 74 on Sunday to tie for 42nd at 223.

Showing Maryland's depth, Schall's 223 as the fifth-place finisher on the team was 15 shots better than the Terps' fifth-place finisher in each of the last five seasons.

Individually, Georgia Tech freshman Cameron Tringale earned medalist honors with a 10-under total of 206. He took control of the tournament with a 65 in the second round on Sunday. Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest closed with a 68 in the final round, but finished one shot back in the individual standings.

North Carolina and Georgia Tech were declared co-champions in the team scoring after a two-hole playoff failed to determine a winner. Both the Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets finished with 31-under totals of 833, seven shots better than third-place Clemson.

Playing the 18th hole, both teams counted two pars, one birdie and a bogey in the playoff. Each team counted four pars on the 17th hole before darkness ended further play.

Full results are available at

Maryland will play in the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va., next weekend.

T1. North Carolina 278-276-279--833; T1. Georgia Tech 276-267-290--833; 3. Clemson 285-268-287--840; 4. NC State 284-284-285--853; 5. Wake Forest 292-281-287--860; 6. Florida State 285-287-291--863; 7. MARYLAND 284-286-295--865; 8. Duke 287-293-286--866; 9. Virginia Tech 291-286-295--872; 10. Virginia 293-290-295--878; 11. Boston College 314-299-308--921.

T19. Blaine Peffley 73-68-73--214; T26. John Eades 68-71-77--216; T35. Tyler Witman 74-71-75--220; T35. Tully Coyle 71-76-73--220; T42. Matt Schall 72-77-74--223.