March 24, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. - After falling into an eleventh-place tie in the opening round of the Furman Intercollegiate, defending champion Maryland improved its team score by nine strokes to move into an eighth-place tie with one round to play. Maryland followed yesterday's total score of 300 with a round of 291 today to find itself tied with Marshall, ten shots behind first-place East Carolina.
Sophomore Chris Gold - who paced the Terrapins with a one-under 71 yesterday - and senior Hunter Bendall each shot even-par rounds of 72 to lead Maryland today. Gold remained tied for eighth-place in the individual standings. His total of 143 stood just two strokes behind the leaders at the end of the second round. Rhode Island's Ben Spitz, Virginia Tech's Ryan Sypniewski, and Charleston Southern's Stuart Carrihill each posted combined scores of 141. Bendall is tied for 39th overall.
Senior Matt Schall was just one stroke behind teammates Gold and Bendall on the day. Schall, who carded a 77 in the first round, fired a one-over round of 73 on Saturday. Schall is tied for 46th overall. Freshman Brendan Tracy, who turned in a round of 75 on Friday, managed a 79 on Saturday and is tied for 81st overall. Senior Tyler Whitman improved on Friday's 82 to shoot a two-over par 74 on Saturday, leaving him tied for 91st.
Whitman, who will tee off at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, will be the first Terp on the course. Tracy, Schall, Bendall, and Gold will follow as the Terps look to come from behind and reclaim the tournament championship.
1. East Carolina 581; 2. Virginia Tech 583; 3. Rhode Island 585; 4. Elon 586; T5. Jacksonville 589; T5. UNC Greensboro 589; T5. Charleston Southern 589; T8. Marshall 591; T8. Maryland 591; 10. Francis Marion 593; 11. Old Dominion 594; 12. Furman 595; 13. UNC Wilmington 596; T14. Wofford 598; T14. Samford 598; 16. Winthrop 599; 17. Iowa 600; 18. Western Carolina 602; T19. Appalachian State 605; T19. Davidson 605.