May 20, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Dan MacDonald shot a 2-over-par round of 72 to lead University of Maryland finishers Thursday at the 2004 NCAA East Regional men's golf tournament being hosted at The Course at Yale.
MacDonald was in a tie for 19th place individually after the first round. He had a pair of birdies on his round, that included an even-par 36 on the back nine. He came into the NCAA's with the top scoring average on the Maryland team this season. His 72 was his best round in seven career rounds in NCAA regionals.
Maryland was tied for 21st at 306 after the first of three rounds in the 54-hole tournament, which is a qualifier for the NCAA Division I Nationals, to be held June 1-4 at the Greenbrier in Hot Springs, Va. The top 10 teams at each of three regionals to be contested this weekend advance to the regionals, as well as the top two individuals not on one of the advancing teams.
Also for Maryland on Thursday, sophomore John Eades shot a 77 to tie for 85th, freshman Matt Schall went out in 36 and came home with a 78 to place T97th in his second tournament of the spring. Junior Bobby MacWhinnie was tied for 111th place after an opening-round 79, while senior Tim Kane shot an 80 to tie for 118th place.
Florida was in the team lead with a 286 after the opening round, with Georgia one shot behind and Clemson and Georgia State two shots back. Four schools were tied for eighth place at 294 in a battle to qualify for nationals. That group included ACC schools Duke and North Carolina.
Kenneth Fahey of Rhode Island and Bill Haas of Wake Forest shared the first-round lead, each with 3-under rounds of 67. Camilo Villegas of Florida was third at 68. Only five players broke par on the 6,749-yard layout on Thursday.
Maryland tees off at 12:36 p.m. from the 10th tee for Friday's second round. The tournament ends on Saturday.
Live results of the NCAA East Regional Tournament are available online at www.golfstat.com.
1. Florida 286; 2. Georgia 287; T3. Clemson 288; T3. Georgia State 288; 5. Penn State 290; 6. Georgia Tech 291; 7. Rhode Island 292; T8. North Carolina 294; T8. Duke 294; T8. Auburn 294; T8. Alabama-Birmingham 294; 12. Wake Forest 296; 13. Tennessee 297; T14. NC State 299; T14. South Carolina 299; T14. Vanderbilt 299; 17. Georgia Southern 302; T18. LSU 304; T18. Augusta State 304; T18. Georgetown 304; T21. MARYLAND 306; T21. Jacksonville State 306; T23. Towson 310; T23. Army 310; 25. Yale 311; 26.l Binghamton 312; 27. LIU-Brooklyn 321.
T1. Kenneth Fahey, Rhode Island, 67; T1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest, 67; 3. Camilo Villegas, Florida, 68; T4. Richard Scott, Georgia, 69; T4. Nathan Smith, Duke, 69.