April 2, 2010
WALLACE, N.C. - Junior Tom Hanna III currently leads the Terrapins at the River Lander Intercollegiate after two round of golf on the first day. Maryland sits in seventh place with a five-over-par 581. The third and final round of play will take place tomorrow, April 3, with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
The Terps had a much stronger showing the latter half of the day, counting no scores above a 74 and two which were under par (72). The team score of 286 is currently a season low for the Terrapins. The Terps have thrived on the last day of competition so far. At the College of Charleston Shootout, the Terrapins shaved 19 strokes off their score between the second and third day.
Maryland was in eighth place after the first 54 holes but took sole possession of the No. 7 spot. Host school UNC-Wilmington and North Carolina both hold on to first place with scores of 565.
Maryland's Hanna matched par with a 72 in the first round and was tied for 15th going in to the second. He then shaved three strokes off his score after having one of only 10 eagles on the day for a 69. Hanna improved his position to a three-under-par 141. The current tournament leader, Josh Brock of UNCW, is just three strokes ahead of the Terrapins.
Sophomore Joey Rice had also stayed even with the course through the first 18 holes. During the second round Rice went one stroke over par carding a 73. He is tied with four other individuals with a one-over-par 145.
Classmate John Popeck is just two strokes above par after the first two rounds of play with a 146. He is tied for the 26th position with five other players. During the second round, Popeck used a two-under-par 70 to improve is location in the field by almost 30 spots.
Juniors Andrew Kay and Donnie Shin round out the Terrapins who are competing at the River Landing tournament. Kay registered a 154 (75-79) after two rounds and is tied for No. 66. Shin took almost 10 strokes off his first round performance for a 157 (83-74). He is tied for No. 74. Competing as an individual is junior Sean Brannan with a score of 158 (81-77) good for the 76th position.
The River Landing Intercollegiate is co-hosted by East Carolina and North Carolina-Wilmington. The 72-par, 6,942 yard course is at the River Landing Country Club in southern North Carolina.
Maryland competed in the tournament last year, finishing 11th of 15 teams, with a 23-over-par 887. Sophomore John Popeck, a freshman at the time, led the squad with a five-under-par 211 good for a third place tie. Popeck had been the most consistent player so far, averaging a 74.0 per round.
This is this the third straight year for Maryland at the River Landing Intercollegiate with their best finish coming in 2008. The Terps came in 10th with a 23-over-par 887. Shin led the team with a one-under-par 215 and a tie for the No. 5 position.
Maryland has two more tournaments on their schedule before they head to New London, N.C., for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational is on April 5 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and the Wolfpack Intercollegiate is April 9 through April 10, almost two weeks before ACC's start. Following the conference tournament, Maryland heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Classic to top off the spring season.