May 10, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men's golf team received an invitation to play in the 2004 NCAA East Regional Championship, the NCAA announced in a conference call Monday.
The Terrapins will be playing in their third straight NCAA Regional and their fifth under Head Coach Tom Hanna. The East Regional will be held May 20 through 22 at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn.
"I feel fortunate that we got in, because we didn't have a good spring," said Hanna. "We had flashes of brilliance, but this is the second season and what happened in the past doesn't count. We'll practice hard and see if we can advance."
Hanna added that having received an NCAA bid for three straight years was important to the program.
"Consistency is very important," he said. "We've never been out of the top three in district play until late this spring. I think we're starting to be looked at as one of the consistent programs in District 2."
Maryland has been led this year by senior Dan MacDonald, who has posted a 73.2 scoring average. MacDonald has seven top-10 finishes this season and was the medalist at The McLaughlin tournament during the fall season, an event won by the Terps. Maryland also won the team title at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational, with sophomore John Eades as the medalist there.
Other teams from District 2 (Mid-Atlantic) to receive bids to the East Regional were Penn State, Georgetown and Towson. The East Regional will include Florida, ACC champion Clemson, SEC champion Georgia and Georgia Tech as the top four seeds.
There are 27 teams playing in each of three regionals to be contested on May 20 through 22. The other regionals will be held in West Lafayette, Ind., and Sunriver, Oregon.
The top 10 teams from each regional qualify for the NCAA National Championships, June 1-4 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. In addition, the top two individuals not playing for one of the top 10 teams will also advance.