April 16, 2008
Maryland Notes/Stats for ACC Tournament
NEW LONDON, N.C. -
The University of Maryland men's golf team heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships this weekend at one of the grand courses in the south - the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. The course is a par-72, 7,100-yard layout and has hosted seven straight ACC men's championships and 12 overall.
The Maryland men face one of the toughest fields in golf, as eight ACC teams are among the top 35 in the nation in the recent Golfweek rankings. The Terrapins are still in the hunt to make their seventh straight NCAA regionals appearance.
Head Coach Tom Hanna directs his alma mater in his 17th ACC Championship. Hanna was the ACC Coach of the Year in 1994. He played in three ACC events (T8th in `67, T8th in `69, T28th in `70).
Hanna's men's golf program is one on the rise, as witness the Terrapins' appearance in the NCAA Regionals each of the past six seasons. Maryland has been to the NCAAs eight times in Hanna's previous 16 years, but missed a berth from 1977 through 1993, prior to Hanna's arrival. The Terps are currently ranked 18th nationally in Golfstat's freshman class impact rating. That becomes important this week, as Chris Gold and Brendan Tracy are the only current Terps with ACC Tournament experience, and Tracy will miss the event with a back injury.
Chris Gold has been Maryland's top player in 2007-08 and is having a year Hanna calls one of the best ever he's had by a junior. Gold has three individual titles this year and his 72.5 scoring average is the second best at Maryland since 2000. Gold is a strong candidate for All-ACC honors this season.
Donnie Shin is one of three freshmen who have spent this season in the lineup. His play has been amazingly consistent for a first-year player, with his 74.0 scoring average second on the team. Shin's score has counted toward the team total in 93 percent of rounds this year. Despite having no rounds in the 60s this year, Shin still is second on the team with nine rounds at or below par.
Senior Adam Cohn will take the lineup spot for Brendan Tracy this week. Cohn has played well as an individual recently, finishing T18th at GW and T54th at the River Landing Intercollegiate, highlighted by a second-round 71. Cohn has played in five events as a collegian.
Freshman Andrew Kay is third on the team in scoring average at 74.5. He has shown the ability to go low, as his four rounds in the 60s this season matches the total of Gold this season. Kay has been first or second on the team in five of 10 events this year.
Redshirt freshman Tom Hanna III, the son of head coach Tom Hanna Jr., will play in his 11th event for Maryland this season. He comes into play with a 77.3 scoring average, with 64 percent of his rounds counting toward the team total. He opened with a 72 last weekend at the River Landing Intercollegiate.