April 8, 2002
College Park -
Following a 12-day break, the Terrapin men's golf team resumes regional play today with its second District II tournament of the spring season at the two-day, 36-hole Liberty Spring Classic at The Water's Edge Country Club in Penhook, Va. The Terps are part of a 14-team field that has 10 District II competitors, including three (St. John's, William & Mary and James Madison) with head-to-head victories over Maryland this year. Overall, the Terps hold a 20-3 head-to-head record against the field and another good showing would solidify the Terps' hold on one of the top rankings in District II, with the top four teams making the NCAA field.
The Terps then head south Friday to Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. as part of a two-day, 54-hole Wofford Invitational field that includes seven of Division I's top 100 teams and 11 top-150 teams, according to Golfweek. The Terps claimed top-three finishes at Wofford in each of the last four years, including a team title in 2000, and a similar showing against the strong field would boost the team's strength of schedule rating. Senior Corey Brigham, who won individual honors at Wofford in 2001 with a seven-under-par total of 209, will look to defend his title and become the third straight Terrapin golfer to win at Wofford (Keith Unikel also won in 2000).
Terps Claim Fourth At Colonial Intercollegiate
In their first District II tournament of the spring, the Terps recorded their best result with a fourth-place finish at the Colonial Intercollegiate at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. March 25-26. Maryland shot its best round of the spring, a three-over-par 291, in the second and final round to finish nine strokes behind team champion Elon.
Brigham nearly claimed his first victory of the year with a two-under-par score of 142. Brigham's second-round, three-under-par 69, his second spring round in the 60s, pulled him to within one shot of the title.
Freshman Bobby MacWhinnie's third-place tie at 143 was his best collegiate finish, besting an eighth-place result at the Temple Invitational in the fall. Rounds of 71 and 72 gave MacWhinnie a one-under-par total, marking the first sub-par tournament of his collegiate career.
Terps At A Glance
With his second-place showing at the Colonial, Brigham jumped into Golfstat's top 100 individuals at 93rd overall. He stands as Golfstat's second-ranked golfer in District II, with his 72.481 adjusted scoring average trailing only George Mason's Craig Mason by .478.
Brigham's second-place finish and MacWhinnie's tie for third at the Colonial gave the Terps their first pair of top-three individuals in a tournament for the first time since John Moheyer finished first and Unikel tied for third at the Chattanooga Intercollegiate in 1999.
Despite finishing behind two regional opponents in their first District II tournament of the spring, the Terps continue to hold head-to-head winning records against every regional opponent except Penn State (0-2), which holds a five-stroke advantage over Maryland. The Terps are 57-5 overall against the region.