April 5, 2010
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Terrapins reclaimed their crown at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational with an 11-over-par 579. Sophomore John Popeck led Maryland at the tournament again finishing tied for second with a one-under-par 141.
Host school University of Pennsylvania came in second, three strokes behind the Terps with a 581 (293-288). Delaware's Justin Martinson thrived throughout the course with a nine-under-par 133 (67-66) for individual honors.
Maryland made a statement in the first round with a five-over-par 289, just four strokes off their season low-round. The Terps' leaders through the first 18 were junior Donnie Shin who headed the Terrapin squad with a 70 while Popeck carded a 71. Sophomore Joey Rice registered just one stroke above par with a 72.
The Terps remained the clear leader after the second round with a 290. They were the only team to have two consecutive team scores of 290 or lower and the only team to come under the 580 mark. Last season Maryland went 12-over-par with a 296, playing only one round, for the tournament title.
Three Terrapins finished in the top-10. During the second round Popeck slid in to second place with a one-under-par 70 to finish with a 141. Teammate Shin ended the invitational even with the course for a 142 (70-72) and a tie for fourth while Rice came in seventh (72-74--146).
The other competing members of the Maryland squad finished top-30. Junior Tom Hanna III used a 76 in the first round and followed up with a 74 in the second to finish tied for 12th. Classmate Andrew Kay came in a tied for 21st with an 11-over-par 153 (76-77) and sophomore Sean Brannan came in 26th carding an 83 on the first 18 and taking 11 strokes off his score in the second round for a 72.
This is the Terrapins third straight top-five finish with second and fifth place finishes in their last two tournaments.
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.
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.