May 1, 2004
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Dan MacDonald fired a 54-hole total of 212 to finish tied fror sixth individually and lead Maryland to an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Rutherford Intercollegiate men's golf tournament held at Penn State's Blue Course.
MacDonald, a Terrapin senior, opened the three-round event with a 7-under-par round of 65 on Friday, then shot 73 in Friday's second round and fired a 74 on Saturday. His three-round total was 4-under-par for the tournament and was four shots behind medalist Greg Pieczynski, who shot 208, including a final-round 67 on Saturday. MacDonald has led the Terps in their last three spring events.
Maryland opened with a 281 team score on Friday, but shot 300 and 299 in the final two rounds to finish at 880 for the tournament. The Terps were eighth, but finished just sixh shots out of fourth place. There were 15 teams in the field.
Also for the Terps, junior Bobby MacWhinnie joined MacDonald in the top 20 with a 3-over-par total of 219, tying for 19th. MacWhinnie closed with a 1-under 71, the same score he had in the first round. Sophomore John Eades tied for 30th at 222, senior Tim Kane was at 229 and tied for 62nd, with sophomore Jeff Spradlin in a tie for 77th at 236.
Towson won the team title at 858, with the host Nittany Lions in second at 859. Penn State shot 278 as a team on Saturday to make up all but one shot of a 12-stroke deficit it had following Friday's play.
Maryland will find out early this week whether it will receive an invitation to an NCAA Regional Tournament. Three events will be held May 20 through 22.
Full results of the Rutherford Invitational are available at www.gopsusports.com.
1. Towson 282-287-289--858; 2. Penn State 289-292-278--859; 3. James Madison 287-289-294--870; 4. Western Kentucky 295-287-292--874; 5. Bowling Green 287-298-291--876; T6. VCU 288-294-296--878; T6. George Mason 292-286-300--878; 8. MARYLAND 281-300-299-880; 9. Georgetown 295-298-289--882; 10. Navy 297-288-298--883.
1. Greg Pieczynski, Penn State, 72-69-67--208; T2. Jens Fehrbring, VCU, 70-75-66-211; T2. Billy Wingerd, Towson, 74-69-68--211; T2. Rob Stochel, Navy, 69-68-74--211; T2. Jeff Castle, Towson, 69-68-74--211.