Feb. 25, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
University of Maryland's men's golf team launches the spring portion of its 2002-03 schedule this weekend, traveling to Baton Rouge, La., to take part in the LSU Spring Invitational.
The Terps will be one of 19 teams competing in the 54-hole event at the par-72, 7,274-yard University Club course located seven miles south of the LSU campus. The field features eight teams, including Maryland, which advanced to last year's NCAA Regionals. Teams will play 18 holes each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Twelfth-year Terp coach Tom Hanna plans to field a five-man team comprised of senior John Moheyer, juniors Tim Kane and Dan MacDonald and freshmen John Eades and Jeff Spradlin.
Kane led the team in scoring average during the fall, averaging 72.0 strokes per round in three tournaments (he missed two tournaments with mononucleosis). Moheyer averaged 72.2 strokes per round and matched Kane with a pair of top-10 finishes. MacDonald ranked third on the team with a 73.9 scoring average, while Spradlin and Eades ranked tied for fourth (75.3) in team scoring.
"Obviously, with the winter weather we have had to deal with the past few weeks, I'm a little apprehensive," said Hanna. "Our team really hasn't had the opportunity to get on the course lately. Most of the team has gone out of town on their own time in order to find some places to play.
"But this tournament will be a good start and a good tune-up to our spring season. It is a very good field, we should see some warm weather, and it will provide us the opportunity to hone our game before we face our district schedule."
This will be Maryland's first trip to LSU's tournament.
"We will be playing on LSU's home course - I've heard a lot of good things about it," continued Hanna. "Other coaches tell me it is a good, fair, well-conditioned course."
Hanna is hopeful his squad, which posted three top-three finishes in five fall events, can overcome its lack of course time the past few weeks. The Terps completed the fall portion of their schedule ranked second in District II.
"Our guys have worked really hard and played as much as they can while getting away on the weekends," Hanna said. "Our practice round this Thursday will be huge for us. My expectations this week are to see improvement in our scores every round. We are looking to build to the ACC's and our regional schedule so we can secure an NCAA bid."
Maryland will be the lone District II team in this weekend's field.
This week's LSU Spring Invitational field: