May 5, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
University of Maryland is headed to the NCAA Golf Championships for the second consecutive year.
The Terps, the No. 2-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic District, Monday were one of 81 teams invited to the NCAA Regionals, which will be conducted at three different venues across the country May 15-17. Maryland is one of 27 teams which will be competing in the East Regional at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. The top 10 teams at each regional earn the right to advance to the NCAA Championships, which are slated for May 27-30 in Stillwater, Okla.
The East Regional field features eight Top 25 teams - Clemson (No. 1), Wake Forest (No. 2), Augusta State (No. 4), Florida (No. 9), Auburn (No. 12), Georgia Tech (No. 15), College of Charleston (No. 21), and Tennessee (No. 23). In addition, five of the seven ACC teams which earned invites will be playing in the East. Joining Maryland, Clemson, Wake and Georgia Tech will be Duke. Both North Carolina and North Carolina State will compete in the Central Regional in Manhattan, Kan.
A year ago, Maryland made its first regional appearance since 1999, eventually finishing 21st at the NCAA Central Regional in Little Rock, Arkansas. This year's appearance in the NCAA Tournament is the 10th in school history, the fourth under 12th-year coach Tom Hanna.
Maryland begins postseason play coming off its most impressive performance of the season - a two-under-par score of 862 at the 54-hole Rutherford Invitational in State College, Penn. The Terps' three-round total included an 11-under score during the second round, easily one of the best 18-hole team performances in Hanna's tenure as head coach. It all added up to a third-place finish, the Terps' third top-three finish in its last four regular season outings.
Earlier in April, Maryland finished regulation play deadlocked with UNC Wilmington at the Wofford Invitational, only to wind up finishing in second place after losing in a sudden-death tiebreaker. Maryland's other top-five finish came in April at the William & Mary Invitational.
Including fall play, Maryland registered six top-five finishes, including a team victory at the Temple Invitational in early October when they defeated 12 other schools in the field for the team title.
Unlike last year, when the Terps made their first national postseason appearance since 1999, Maryland will have some NCAA tournament experience under its belt when it tees off in next week's regional. At least two players, and possibly three, who competed in last year's NCAA Regional figure to be in Hanna's five-man lineup.
Junior Tim Kane, who won an individual crown at the Wofford Invitational with back-to-back 69s, was Maryland's team scoring leader at last year's NCAA Regionals in Little Rock, Ark., finishing in a tie for 45th. Other Terps who played in last year's postseason event were senior co-captain John Moheyer and sophomore Bobby MacWhinnie.
Maryland's best regional finish under Hanna was a 16th place showing at the 1994 East Regional; the Terps' best finish overall was a fourth-place showing in 1958, the first year they advanced to the national tournament.
NCAA East Regional May 15-17 Auburn University Club Auburn, Ala.
1. Clemson 2. Augusta State 3. Wake Forest 4. Florida 5. Auburn 6. Georgia Tech 7. Tennessee 8. South Carolina 9. College of Charleston 10. Vanderbilt 11. Virginia Tech 12. East Tennessee State 13. Duke 14. Georgia State 15. UNC Wilmington 16. Alabama 17. Jackson State 18. Georgia Southern 19. Penn State 20. Charleston Southern 21. Maryland 22. James Madison 23. Rhode Island 24. Yale 25. SUNY-Binghamton 26. Liberty 27. Jackson State