April 23, 2010
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Maryland junior Andrew Kay used four birdies on the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship to card a season-low round two-under-par 70 and tie for 10th place and leading the Terrapin squad. The Terps currently sit in a tie for seventh with Virginia Tech after earning a two-over-par 290 at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The tournament continues through Sunday, April 25.
The Terrapins were in the first group with Virginia today. The Cavaliers are currently in fifth place. Reigning ACC champ Georgia Tech currently has the lead with Duke and Wake Forest on its heels just a stroke behind.
Maryland begins the second round of competition at 9:10 a.m. tomorrow morning with Virginia Tech and Florida State.
Kay started the day off strong, birdying the first hole. He bogeyed the third hole but went one under on the next two. Kay added a strong performance on the back nine to close out the first day with a 70. Adam Long from Duke currently leads all individuals with a seven-under-par.
Sophomore John Popeck finished the day with an even 72. Despite a rough patch at hole No. 3, Popeck finished strong with two birdies on holes 13 and 18 and is tied for 20th. Junior Tom Hanna is tied for 22nd after registering four birdies for a one-over-par 73. Hanna opened and closed the day impressive using only four strokes on the first and finals holes, each of which were par fives.
Rounding out the Terrapin lineup is sophomore Joey Rice and junior Donnie Shin. Rice stayed even on the back nine for a final score of 75. He ended the day on a positive note, birdying the 18th hole. Shin used four birdies throughout the day and finished with a four-over-par 76.
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 Saturday, April 24 from 2 p.m. to the conclusion of play and 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.