Maryland Golfers Claim 15th Place At Birkdale Collegiate

March 17, 2002

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - The University of Maryland men's golf team was denied the opportunity to rebound from a tough first day of competition when today's third round of the Birkdale Collegiate Classic was canceled due to inclement weather. The Terps shot a two-round total of 612 (310-302) to finish in 15th place in their first tournament of the spring season.

Wake Forest, ranked No. 3 by the Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek, claimed the tournament title with a six-under-par total of 570 (281-289). The Demon Deacons claimed a two-shot victory over second-place Missouri and finished four shots ahead of Georgia Southern and Virginia.

In his first collegiate spring tournament, freshman Bobby MacWhinnie (Pittsburgh, Pa.) claimed the Terps' top individual score with a 25th-place finish. His two-round total of 145 (75-70) was highlighted by a four-under-par performance on Birkdale Golf Club's par-five holes. His second-round 70, one of the lowest scores in the field's second round, was the Terps' only sub-par score.

The Terps' other four golfers all finished within two shots of each other. Sophomore Tim Kane shot 78-77--155 and tied for 69th place. Senior Corey Brigham (78-78-156) tied for 72nd place while junior John Moheyer and senior Pete Toole tied for 80th place after totaling 157.

Wake Forest's Bill Haas won the tournament's individual title with his two-round total of 66-72--138. His six-under-par total was one shot better than the second-place finishers, Old Dominion's Geoffrey Harris and Virginia's Steve Marino.

The Terps continue their season-opening back-to-back set when they return to action Monday with the first day of competition at the Cleveland Golf Championships in Aiken, S.C.

Final Team Scores (36 holes)
1.  Wake Forest                       281-289--570
2.  Missouri                          285-287--572
3.  Georgia Southern                  290-284--574
    Virginia                          291-283--574
5.  Baylor                            294-281--575
6.  Virginia Commonwealth             293-288--581
    Colorado State                    295-286--581
    Coastal Carolina                  293-288--581
9.  North Carolina-Wilmington         297-287--584
10. North Carolina                    294-291--585
11. Old Dominion                      294-292--586
12. East Carolina                     295-295--590
13. Wofford                           298-294--592
14. Charlotte                         307-290--597
15. Maryland                          310-302--612
16. Belmont Abbey                     310-306--616
17. Akron                             304-315--619
18. Davidson                          320-300--620

Top Individuals 1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 66-72--138 2. Geoffrey Harris, Old Dominion 69-70--139 Steve Marino, Virginia 69-70--139 4. Mark McBride, Missouri 68-72--140 5. Alex Larrazabal, Coast. Car. 71-70--141 Ramon Bescansa, N. Carolina 71-70--141 Tyler McKeever, Ga. Southern 72-69--141 Adam Gee, N.C. Wilmington 74-67--141 Chad Wilfong, Wake Forest 70-71--141 10. Mike Shamp, Charlotte 72-70--142 Justin Goodhue, Virginia 73-69--142 Ryan Zylstra, VCU 71-71--142 Ricardo Bescansa, Coast. Car. 75-67--142 Will Doughtie, Baylor 74-68--142

Maryland Individuals T-25. Bobby MacWhinnie 75-70--145 T-69. Tim Kane 78-77--155 T-72. Corey Brigham 78-78--156 T-80. John Moheyer 80-77--157 T-80. Pete Toole 79-78--157