April 8, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
University of Maryland's men's golf team, fresh off a third-place finish at the William & Mary Invitational and firmly entrenched as the No. 2-ranked team in its district, heads south to the Wofford Invitational this week in a final tuneup before the ACC Championships.
The Terps are one of 11 teams competing in this weekend's tournament, which will be contested at the Carolina Country Club (par 72, 6,885 yards) in Spartanburg, S.C. Joining Maryland in the 54-hole event are host Wofford, Central Florida, Charlotte, Davidson, East Carolina, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, and Old Dominion.
The ACC Championships are scheduled for April 18-20.
Twelfth-year Terrapin coach Tom Hanna, whose team is bidding for a return trip to the NCAA Regionals, is looking for better scores from his upperclassmen to complement the spring showings by his younger players. In each of the Terps' three spring tournaments, they have been led by a freshman. At the William & Mary Invitational March 25, redshirt freshman Jeff Spradlin was Maryland's low man, finishing in a tie for 13th. In the previous two tournaments, true freshman John Eades led the way, finishing in a tie for 12th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and in a tie for 24th at the LSU Invitational.
"I'm very happy with the play of the freshmen," says Hanna. "Both John and Jeff have worked extremely hard. It's been a long time since I've had freshmen who have come into the program and committed themselves to working hard in both the fall and the spring. Their hard work is paying off with their spring results. They have really elevated and carried the team this spring. Hopefully, the upperclassmen will come to life here over the final few regular season tournaments in preparation for postseason competition."
In addition to Eades and Spradlin, Hanna plans to include senior John Moheyer, junior Tim Kane and junior Dan MacDonald in his lineup for the Wofford Invite. It is the same five-some which carried the Terps to a third-place finish at the William & Mary Invitational two weeks ago.
Hanna says the Carolina Country Club course will present similar conditions to next week's ACC Championships, which will be held at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in Badin Lake, N.C. Both courses have Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens.
The teams are slated to play 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.