Popeck Earns Top-10 Finish in Virginia

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May 2, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After concluding the first 18 holes at the Cavalier Classic, sophomore John Popeck rocketed up the leader board on day two to finish tied for seventh. It was his second top-10 finish of the season. Maryland finished seventh while Virginia claimed the crown.

The Washington, Pa., native charted a one-under-par 71 on the last day of play to propel himself up the rankings. The previous day Popeck registered a 75, tying for 20th. He was second in par three scoring and third in total birdies with nine. Popeck tallied five on the first day and four today.

Maryland improved its overall team score by two strokes on the par-72, 6,875-yard Birdwood Golf Course. Yesterday they turned in a 310 and today shaved off seven strokes for a 303. The Terrapins were four in par three scoring and third in par fives.

Juniors Tom Hanna III and Sean Brannan tied for 37th with a 36-hole total of 155. Hanna used a 79 on the first 18 and improved to a 76 today. Brannan charted a 77 and 78.

Just behind their teammates were sophomore Joey Rice with a 157 (79-78) and junior Andrew Kay with a 163 (84-79). Rice finished tied for 47th and Kay was tied at 62.

The Terps have now had seven top-10 finishes this season, including a tournament title at Rehoboth Beach. The best collective performance from the Terps came at River Landing. They turned in a two-over-par 285.

Maryland now awaits the announcement of the NCAA tournament field for the regional championships. The announcement will be made Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m. ET.