Terps Kick Off Spring in Charleston

Feb. 27, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's golf team kicks off the spring tournament season at the Wendy's Charleston Shootout at the Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C.

The tournament's original start date was March 1, but due to the threat of rain, play was moved up a day and now starts on Sunday, Feb. 28 and goes until Monday, March 1.

Both days of competition will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.

The Terrapins will be competing in a 15-team field headed by No. 24 Georgia. The Bulldogs also boast a roster with the second-ranked player in Russell Henley who averages a 68.31.

Representing the Terps at the Charleston Shootout are sophomore John Popeck, junior Andrew Kay, sophomore Joey Rice, junior Tom Hanna III and sophomore Sean Brannan.

In the fall Maryland had two top-10 team finishes and four in the top-15. The Terps' best performance came at the Maryland Intercollegiate where they came in sixth with a 23-over-par 875.

Three players earned top-20 finishes in the fall, led by Popeck who averaged a 73.33 in fall play with a low-round of 69. The Washington, Pa., native earned an 11th place finished at the Maryland Intercollegiate. Brannan also earned his best fall finish at the Maryland tournament coming in 14th. Kay is the third Terrapin with a top-20 finish after carding an 8-over-par 224 at the Memphis Intercollegiate.

Four additional tournaments make up the Terrapins' schedule. Following this weekend's play, the Terps head to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Intercollegiate April 2-3. They then go to Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate from April 9-10 before the ACC Championships. Following the conference championships on April 23-25, Maryland heads to the Cavalier Classic at the start of May before the NCAA championship tournaments.

Maryland recently added a player to their spring roster, William Wiseman, of Salisbury, Md. Wiseman played for coach Brian Hollamon at Parkside High School.