April 24, 2010
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Maryland remains tied for seventh at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. They are just three-over-par overall after scoring a 289 on the second day to combine with their 290 from the day before. Sophomores John Popeck and Joey Rice charged up the leader board turning in scores of 69 or better in the second round.
Popeck concluded the first day with an even 72 and was tied for 20th. He is now in 12th place after scoring a three-under-par 69 today, tying his career low round. He used seven birdies, four on the back nine, to propel himself amongst the pack. Popeck is now three-under for the tournament heading in to the final day of competition.
Classmate Rice registered a career best and four-under-par 68 this afternoon, securing a spot in the top-20. After birdying the first two holes, Rice stayed even with the course and then birdied the sixth hole. He also started the back nine strong, going one under on hole 11 and then birdying the final two holes. Rice made drastic improvements in his game from yesterday, shaving seven critical strokes off his score.
Maryland junior Andrew Kay started the second day off strong also, going one under on the first hole. He finished with two birdies and remains in the top-30 on the leader board with a two-over-par 146 (70-76). Teammate and fellow junior Tom Hanna kicked off the course with an eagle on the first hole. He finished up the back nine confidently with three additional birdies. Hanna is tied with classmate Donnie Shin for 46th with 152's after two days of play. Shin earned a 76 through 18 holes today, matching his score from the previous day.
Georgia Tech remains in the lead with a 555.
Maryland begins the final round of competition at 9:10 a.m. Sunday morning with Florida State and N.C. State at the Old North State Club.
The Terps have had seven top-10 finishes this season, including a tournament title at Rehoboth Beach. The best collective performance from the Terps came at River Landing. They turned in a two-over-par 285.
Last season at the ACC's, Maryland finished sixth out of 11 competing teams. They saved the best for last carding a 287 on the final day of competition for a final score of 866, just two strokes above par. Former Terps Chris Gold earned a top-10 finish with a two-under-par 214. Current golfer Popeck tied for 13th, second best on the team, with an even 216. Shin and Hanna also competed in the tournament last year.
Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com. Live webstreaming will be available for free on Sunday, April 25 from 2 p.m. to conclusion of play on theACC.com. Please visit the ACC website: www.theACC.com for complete details. The championship is free and open to the public.