April 8, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - One more tournament lies ahead before the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Maryland should find the field at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate this weekend to be similar competition. Nine of the 11 ACC institutions will be in attendance at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on N.C. State's Centennial Campus. It is the first time for the tournament to be on the Pack's own turf which is a brand-new par 71, 7,358 yard course.
The tournament begins on Friday, April 9 with a shotgun state at 8 a.m. ET. Teams will play 36 holes on the first day and finish with 18 on Saturday, April 10. Tee times for the final round are set to start at 7:30 a.m. ET.
This year's field features 17 teams, including nine of the 11 ACC schools. Eight of the teams in the field are currently ranked in the top-50 according to Golfstat.com's adjusted scoring average: Florida State (12), Georgia Tech (13), Virginia (15), Wake Forest (29), Duke (30), NC State (35), Michigan (45), Virginia Tech (48). Rounding out the field is Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Maryland, New Orleans, North Carolina, Purdue, UNCW, and VCU.
Maryland has earned three straight top-five finishes and five in the top-10 this season. Most recently they claimed the tournament title at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational in Delaware. The Terps were the defending champs coming out of the last season and reinforced their dominance.
The Terrapins' best round was at the River Landing Intercollegiate. They carded a 285 to slide up the leader board two spots to finish fifth (295-286-285--866).
Sophomore John Popeck leads the Terrapins averaging a 72.95 and has earned two second place finishes this spring. He also ranks top-20 amongst ACC golfers and has become one of the most consistent players for the Terps.
Junior Donnie Shin had the second-best finish on the team for Maryland at Rehoboth. Shin handed in an even-par 142(70-72). Sophomore Joey Rice wasn't too far off the mark with his first top-10 finish of his career coming in seventh. The Dunkirk, Md., native used a 72 on the first 18 and a 74 to cap off the 36-hole tournament with a 146.
Two other players earned top-25 status at the tournament. Junior Tom Hanna III came in a tie for 12th and classmate Andrew Kay tied for 21st. Sophomore Sean Brannan competed as an individual placing tied for 26th.
NC State has hosted its own tournament for the last 20 years in the Triangle area at various courses, but this will be the first year it will be played on NC State's campus. Duke has won the team title each of the past two years (both times at River Landing in Wallace, N.C.), and NC State's Matt Hill earned medalist honors last year with a four-stroke victory.
Live scoring will be available on golfstat.com.
The Wolfpack Intercollegiate just two weeks before ACC's start. Following the conference tournament, Maryland heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Classic to top off the spring season.