April 16, 2004
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Dan MacDonald fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead Maryland golfers Friday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf championship being held at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point.
The Terp senior had three birdies en route to a 1-under 35 on the back nine to end his day tied for 19th overall. It was MacDonald's best round at an ACC Tournament as a Terrapin.
Four of the five Terrapin players shot 75 or better, as the team posted a 9-over total of 297. Maryland was in ninth place overall after the opening round, but was within two shots of Florida State and Virginia, which were tied for seventh.
Also for Maryland, sophomore John Eades carded 15 pars to post a 74 and tie for 24th, and Tim Kane had an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole and finished tied for 31st with a 75. Freshman Tyler Witman also posted a 75 that included a 35 on the back nine, while junior Bobby MacWhinnie was in 43rd after a 77.
North Carolina shot 281 to take the lead in the team standings after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event. Wake Forest was second, two shots behind, with Clemson three strokes back.
Individually, Bill Haas of Wake Forest shot a 5-under 67 to grab the lead. Ryan Blaum of Duke and Martin Ureta of North Carolina were tied for second, one stroke back. Ten players were within three shots of the lead, while the Tar Heels placed three players among that top 10 to post their strong team score.
The ACC Championship concludes this weekend with single rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Full results and live updates of the ACC Tournament are available at www.golfstat.com.
TEAM STANDINGS -- First of three rounds
1. North Carolina 281; 2. Wake Forest 283; 3. Clemson 284; 4. Duke 287; 5. NC State 288; 6. Georgia Tech 290; T7. Florida State 295; T7. Virginia 295; 9. MARYLAND 297.
1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest, 67; T2. Ryan Blaum, Duke, 68; T2. Martin Ureta, North Carolina, 68; T4. Jack Ferguson, Clemson, 69; T4. Stephen Lewton, NC State, 69.