March 18, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After a 15th-place finish at the Birkdale Collegiate over the weekend, the Terrapin men's golf team begins the second tournament of its season-opening back-to-back southern swing today at the two-day Cleveland Golf Collegiate Championship in Aiken, S.C. The Terps are part of an elite 15-team field that boasts eight of Golfstat's top 100 teams, including No. 13 Virginia Tech, in addition to ACC foe Florida State and perennial Division II contender and host USC-Aiken.
Terps Finish 15th At First Spring Tournament
The Terps were denied the opportunity to rebound from a difficult first day of competition when Sunday's third and final round of the Birkdale Collegiate Classic was canceled due to inclement weather. Maryland, in its first tournament of the spring season, recorded a two-round total of 612 (310-302) to finish 44 shots behind team champion Wake Forest.
With their 15th-place finish, the Terps failed to place in the top six of a tournament for the first time since a ninth-place result at last year's ACC Championships, held April 20-22, 2001.
Freshman Bobby MacWhinnie recorded his first career sub-par score with a second-round 70 that propelled him into a tie for 25th place. His two-round total of 145 (75-70) was highlighted by a four-under-par performance on Birkdale Golf Club's par-five holes.
The rest of the Terps all finished within two shots of each other. Sophomore Tim Kane shot 78-77--155 to tie for 69th place, while senior Corey Brigham (78-78--156) tied for 72nd and junior John Moheyer (80-77--157) and senior Pete Toole (79-78--157) finished in a tie for 80th.
Terps At A Glance
The Terps remain District II's top team according to Golfweek. In the March 17 power rating, which takes into account record, stroke differential and connection to other teams and players, Maryland leads second-place Penn State 73.17 to 73.34.
Junior John Moheyer, who recorded three top-five scores during the fall season, is currently the No. 2-ranked individual in District II according to Golfweek. His rating of 72.80 trails only George Mason's Craig Mason (72.31). Senior Corey Brigham, who had three top-six finishes in the fall, is third with a ranking of 73.04.
The Terps hold head-to-head winning records against every regional opponent except Penn State (0-2). The Nittany Lions hold a five-stroke advantage over Maryland after finishing ahead of the Terps at JMU and the Tillinghast Invitational. St. John's, winner at JMU, was the only other District II competitor to defeat Maryland in a tournament but also finished behind the Terps twice.