May 15, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
As the 22nd seed in the Central Regional, the Terrapin men's golf team makes its first appearance in the 81-team NCAA Championships Regionals since 1999 when it competes Thursday-Saturday at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Little Rock, Ark. First round tee time is set for 7:57 a.m., as the Terps will be paired with fellow District II competitor and 23rd seed St. John's and 24th seed Austin Peay State. The same pairings will compete in the second round Friday at 12:36 p.m. and in the third round Saturday at 12:36 p.m.
By virtue of its second-ranked status in District II, Maryland is part of a 27-team Central field that includes nine conference champions and 15 of the top 40 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. TCU, ranked eighth in the nation, is the Regional's No. 1 seed, while ACC rival NC State is the No. 2 seed. The Terps own an 11-10 mark against the Central Regional field in 2001-02.
The Terps are making their third trip to the NCAA Divison I Men's Golf Championships Regional competition in coach Tom Hanna's 11 season as coach at Maryland. The selection is the Terps' first since 1999, when the team finished 17th out of 23 teams in the East Regional.
Brigham Named To All-ACC Men's Golf Team
Terrapin senior Corey Brigham earned selection to the All-ACC Men's Golf Team May 10 as voted by the conference's nine coaches. The Rumson, N.J. native was the Terps' first All-ACC honoree since Gary Mankulish and Keith Unikel were selected in 2000.
Brigham finished his senior season as the No. 1 golfer in the Mid-Atlantic District II with a 72.07 stroke average. He has recorded six top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments this season, and has posted 14 sub-par scores in 29 rounds for the year. Brigham has shot nine rounds in the 60s and posted a low-round of 66 while earning medalist honors and leading Maryland to a championship at the Liberty Spring Classic at Penhook, Va., on April 9.
Brigham, who is completing his third year at Maryland after transferring from Baylor, is playing his most consistent golf of the season at an opportune time for the Terps. Going into Thursday's NCAA Central Regional play, Brigham has recorded top-15 finishes in each of his last six tournaments.
Terps At A Glance
In its first season in District II, Maryland defeated all District II competitors it faced except the region's No. 1-ranked team, Penn State. The Nittany Lions won the three head-to-head meetings with the Terps by a combined 18 shots. Overall, the Terps finished 75-6 against District II in 2001-02.
Freshman Bobby MacWhinnie (Pittsburgh, Pa.) became one of the Terps' most consistent performers by shaving more than 1.5 strokes off his fall stroke average and finishing the spring regular season with the team's second-best mark at 73.56. MacWhinnie recorded Maryland's low individual score in two spring tournaments and had three top-10s.