April 22, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's golf team is preparing for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The tournament runs Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25. The par-72 course is just over 7,000 yards.
The Terrapins are in the first group with Virginia and will tee off at 8:30 a.m. ET tomorrow morning. The second wave of reigning ACC Champion Georgia Tech, Duke and Wake Forest will start at 9:10 a.m. while the third wave of NC State, Boston College and Virginia Tech will tee off at 10:10 a.m. The final group will include Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina with a scheduled tee time start of 11:10 a.m.
Maryland is led by sophomore John Popeck who holds a 73.05 average. He carded a career low round of 69 at the ECU/UNCW River Landing Intercollegiate tournament in April. Popeck finished in a tie for 15th with a one-under-par 215. His best finish so far this season was a tie for second place at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitation, a two-round tournament. The Washington, Pa., native carded a one-under-par 141.
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.
The other four players rounding out Maryland's top-five performers this season are sophomore Joey Rice, and juniors Andrew Kay, Donnie Shin and Tom Hanna III. Rice is second on the team with a 75.21 stroke average. His best game came at Rehoboth where he finished seventh. His season low round of 71 ties his career best mark and was achieved twice this year. Kay also registered a season low round of 71 and has claimed three top-20 spots this year.
Shin and Hanna complete the top five for the Terrapins this year. Shin earned his best finish at Rehoboth Beach, coming in a tie for fourth. He averages a 75.50 and holds a season low round score of 70. Hanna flourished at the River Landing Intercollegiate with a two-under-par 214 goof for an 11th place tie. He used a season low round 69 during the second set of 18 holes to lead the Terps to a top-five finish.
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 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.