Sept. 18, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Led by a second round four-under-par 67 turned in by junior John Popeck, the University of Maryland men's golf team rocketed up the leader board into third place after playing 36 holes at the Maryland Intercollegiate Saturday. The Terrapins finished the first two rounds of golf with a team score of 570 and three players and one individual in the top-25.
Popeck took six strokes off his first round score of 73 to position himself in a tie for sixth with a two-under-par 140. He leads the field with 30 pars. Not far behind is freshman Sean Bosdosh who remained even with the course for a 142 (71-71). Bosdosh is tied for eleventh and looking for his second straight top-10 collegiate finish.
Senior Tom Hanna III and redshirt-freshman Will Wiseman join Popeck and Bosdosh in the top-15 ranks at 14th. Hanna started the first round with a 71 and ended Saturday one stroke over par. Wiseman, who is playing as an individual, carded a two-under 70 after registering a 73 on the first 18 holes.
Junior Joey Rice is tied for 22nd and shaved seven strokes off his first round mark for a three-under-par 69. Junior Sean Brannan carded a one-over-par 72 in the second round of play and is tied for 51st. Classmate Stephen Bosdosh also took multiple strokes off his score for a second round score of 74 for a two-round total of 153. Seniors Andrew Kay and Donnie Shin navigated the course as individuals and finished with scores of 155.
Teams return to the River Marsh Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Resort tomorrow morning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
This is just the third year for the Terrapin's tournament. Two rounds were played on Saturday and the final 18 holes are played on Sunday. The par-71 course, designed by course architect Keith Foster in 2002, stretches 6,801 yards.
Last year Popeck fired a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to finish in a tie for 11th place, leading Maryland to a sixth-place finish. Overall, the Terrapins shot 875 (290-289-296) over three rounds. Junior Sean Brannan also finished amongst the top 20 finishers for the Terps, shooting a 4-over-par 217 with consistent rounds of 73, 71 and 73 to finish in a tie for 14th place.
Fourteen teams join Maryland at the tournament: Akron, Francis Marion, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison, Navy, UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Penn, Penn State, South Carolina-Aiken, Toledo, William & Mary and Xavier.
Leading the pack after two rounds is UNC Wilmington with a 560 (280-280). Penn State is one stroke behind UNCW with a 561. Toledo's Jean-Hubert Trahan leads the individuals with a 137 (66-71).
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