Feb. 28, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore Joey Rice led the Maryland men's golf team during the first day of competition at the Wendy's Charleston Shootout with a four-over-par 76. Sophomore John Popeck and junior Andrew Key were just one stroke behind Rice each with a 77. Maryland finished 14th after the first round Sunday afternoon. The teams began round two but suspended play due to darkness. The second and third rounds will be finished tomorrow.
Rice stayed even through most of the course on the first day of play and notched a birdie on Hole 15 after starting at the 17th hole.
The tournament's original start date was March 1, but due to the threat of rain, play was moved up a day. Tomorrow begins with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Live scoring is available through Golfstat.
The Terrapins are competing in a 15-team field headed by No. 17 Georgia. The Bulldogs currently lead all teams with an eight-under-par-280. Three UGA players lead the tournament including No. 6 Russell Henley and No. 21 Harris English tied for first.
In the fall Maryland had two top-10 team finishes and four in the top-15. The Terps' best performance came at the Maryland Intercollegiate where they came in sixth with a 23-over-par 875.
Three players earned top-20 finishes in the fall, led by Popeck who averaged a 73.33 in fall play with a low-round of 69. The Washington, Pa., native earned an 11th place finished at the Maryland Intercollegiate. Brannan also earned his best fall finish at the Maryland tournament coming in 14th. Kay is the third Terrapin with a top-20 finish after carding an 8-over-par 224 at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
Four additional tournaments make up the Terrapins' schedule. Following this weekend's play, the Terps head to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Intercollegiate April 2-3. They then go to Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate from April 9-10 before the ACC Championships. Following the conference championships on April 23-25, Maryland heads to the Cavalier Classic at the start of May before the NCAA championship tournaments.