April 4, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fresh off a fifth place finish at the River Landing Intercollegiate, the Maryland men's golf team's next tournament is just one day away. The Terps will play 36-holes at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on April 5.
Maryland is the reigning tournament champion after using a 12-over-par 296 last year. The one day tournament takes place at the Kings Creek Country Club, on a par-71, 6,480 yard course. Sophomore John Popeck won the individual crown last year, leading his team with a one-under-par 70. Teams played only one round last season.
The Terrapins recently captured their second straight top-five finish after concluding the River Landing Intercollegiate two-day tournament in fifth place. Using a team season-low round 285 on the final day of competition, Maryland slid up two spots after finishing yesterday in seventh. The fifth place finish at the River Landing tournament is Maryland's best finish at the tournament in at least 10 years.
This was the third straight year for Maryland at the River Landing Intercollegiate. Junior Tom Hanna III led the Terps through all three rounds and earned his first top-20 finish of the spring. Hanna came in a tie for 11th with a two-under-par 214. He registered a low-round 69 in the second set of 18-hole play. Hanna was one of only a handful of individuals who carded eagles during the tournament.
The Terps have thrived on the last day of competition so far. At the College of Charleston Shootout, the Terrapins shaved 19 strokes off their score between the first and last days. This time 10 strokes were the difference between the first and third rounds.
Two other Terrapins finished in the top-20, Popeck and sophomore Joey Rice. Popeck used a low-round 69 on the final 18, one stroke better than his previous round score, and came in a tie for 15th. The Washington, Pa., native was one stroke under par with a 215. Rice broke even with a 216 after three rounds and a one-under-par 71 in the last round. He improved his position by two spots going from 21st to 19th.
Maryland has one more tournament on their schedule before they head to New London, N.C., for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The Wolfpack Intercollegiate is April 9 through April 10, almost 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.