April 10, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Maryland men's golf team finished the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in 14th place with an 899 (310-289-300). The Terrapins were just strokes behind their competition in the 17-team field, with 10 strokes separating at least six teams in the middle of the leaderboard.
During Friday all five members of the team improved on their scores from the opening round, helping the Terps post their third lowest round of the season with a 5-over-par team score (289). The Terrapins were 11th after two rounds and had improved a dramatic 11 strokes as a team from the first 18 holes. The improvement was one of the best of the tournament.
The field was one of the most competitive the Terps have competed in so far this season. Of the 17 teams in the tournament eight are ranked in the top 50.
Maryland was led by sophomore John Popeck who finished tied for 22nd. Popeck birdied five holes during the tournament, three in the final round and earned a tournament score of 221 (75-70-76). The Washington, Pa., native has led the Terrapins five times this season on his was to securing his fifth top-25 finish of the season. Popeck finished ahead of three ranked players including No. 5 Brendan Gielow of Wake Forest.
Junior Donnie Shin continued to improve throughout the tournament. After jumping 11 spots up the leaderboard Friday with a two-over-par 73 in the second round, he advanced four more to finish in a tie for 35th. Shin earned four birdies in the two-days of competition to conclude the tournament with a 10-over-par 223 (77-73-73). Sophomore Joey Rice also continued to progress through the course takes six strokes off his score between the first and third rounds. Rice remained even with par most of the course in the final round and added a birdie on hole No. 4 to go two-over-par for a 73.
Junior Andrew Kay took nine strokes off his score between the first and second rounds. Kay birdied three holes, two in the back-nine of the second round for a one-over-par 72. The Pittsford, N.Y., native birdied four holes between the last two rounds. Classmate Tom Hanna III used four birdies in his second round performance to shave five strokes off his score. Hanna finished with a 19-over-par 232 (79-74-79).
There are just 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.