April 11, 2008
WALLACE, N.C. - Junior Chris Gold opened with a 3-under-par score of 69 to tie for sixth-place individually and lead the University of Maryland to third place after Friday's first round of the River Landing Intercollegiate men's golf tournament being hosted by NC State University.
Gold posted three of his four birdies on the day on the front nine and made the turn in 34 on his way to the 69 in the first of three rounds. Four Terrapins in the five-man lineup finished the round with four birdies, as Maryland's 286 team total was one shot within its best team round of the spring season.
As a team, Maryland was in third place after the opening round. The Terps were two strokes behind Florida State and Duke, which led the 15-team field after the first day.
Also for Maryland, Tom Hanna III posted his best round of the spring with an even-par 72 and matched the 72 carded by fellow freshman Donnie Shin, as they ended play tied for 14th. Brendan Tracy shot a 73 to tie for 25th, while Andrew Kay opened the tournament with a 75 to tie for 39th place.
Senior Adam Cohn, playing as an individual, shot a 78 in Friday's first round.
Kevin O'Connell of North Carolina and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest opened the tournament with 5-under-par rounds of 67 to top the individual leaderboard. They led by one shot over Jonas Blixt of Florida State, Clark Klaasen of Duke and Michale Schachner of Duke.
The second round will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, with the final round scheduled for Sunday. Six teams are playing in their final tuneup for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to be held next weekend.
T1 Florida State 284 -4 T1 Duke University 284 -4 3 Maryland, U. of 286 -2 4 Wake Forest Univ. 287 -1 5 North Carolina State 288 E 6 Memphis, U. of 292 +4 7 East Carolina Univ. 294 +6 8 Tulsa 296 +8 9 North Carolina 297 +9 10 Virginia, U. of 298 +10 T11 Houston, Univ. of 299 +11 T11 Kansas, U. of 299 +11 T13 Rice University 300 +12 T13 Liberty University 300 +12 15 Navy 303 +15
* - played as individual.