March 1, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore John Popeck used seven birdies on day two to improve his positioning at the Wendy's Charleston Shootout by 24 places to tie for No. 26. Maryland finished 14th with a 925 (312-316-297).
The Terrapins had their best showing in the third round registering a 297. Popeck birdied four holes during the last round of competition to card a low-round 72. The Washington, Pa., native used a 77 on the first day and 73 in the second round to earn a top-30 finish. Junior Sean Brannan had the next best round with a 74 to close out the tournament. Tom Hanna III and Andrew Kay had recorded a 75 and 76, respectively. Sophomore Joey Rice birdied two holes for a six-over-par 78.
After yesterday's first round, Rice had led the Terps with a four-over-par 76. The Dunkirk, Md., native finished second best on the team with a 234 (76-80-78) and tied for 61st overall.
Georgia took the tournament title with an 18-under-par 846. The Bulldogs also claimed the top-two spots, Russell Henley finished first (69-69-69-207) and Harris English came in second (69-71-68-208).
In the fall Maryland had two top-10 team finishes and four in the top-15. The Terps' best performance came at the Maryland Intercollegiate where they came in sixth with a 23-over-par 875.
Three players earned top-20 finishes in the fall, led by Popeck who averaged a 73.33 in fall play with a low-round of 69. The Washington, Pa., native earned an 11th place finished at the Maryland Intercollegiate. Brannan also earned his best fall finish at the Maryland tournament coming in 14th. Kay is the third Terrapin with a top-20 finish after carding an 8-over-par 224 at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
Four additional tournaments make up the Terrapins' schedule. Following this weekend's play, the Terps head to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Intercollegiate April 2-3. They then go to Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate from April 9-10 before the ACC Championships. Following the conference championships on April 23-25, Maryland heads to the Cavalier Classic at the start of May before the NCAA championship tournaments.