April 22, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Terrapin men's golf team looks to solidify its standing at the top of District II at the April 27-28 Rutherford Intercollegiate at Penn State's Blue Course in State College, Pa. The Terps are part of a regional field consisting of 11 District II competitors, as well as national top 100-caliber teams UNC-Wilmington, Ohio and Western Kentucky.
At Penn State's home course, the Terps are looking to avenge two head-to-head losses to the Nittany Lions in the fall. Penn State holds a five-stroke advantage over Maryland after finishing ahead of the Terps at the JMU Invitational and the Tillinghast Invitational. Overall, the Terps are 66-5 against District II competitors in 2001-02.
Terps Take Eighth Place At ACC Championship
The Terps matched their best score of the season in the final round, but had to settle for eighth place at the 49th annual ACC Championship April 19-21. No. 1-ranked Georgia Tech led the conference field wire-to-wire to win its second straight ACC title and gain the conference's automatic NCAA Championship bid at 27-under 837.
Maryland's 11-over-par total of 875 was its best ACC score since the 1998 team also totaled 875. The Terps' three-under-par third round of 285 matched the final round of the Wofford Invitational for the team's best score of the year, but against a conference field boasting seven of Golfstat's top 50 teams, the Terps took eighth for the second time in three years.
In his third and final ACC Championship, senior Corey Brigham recorded his best career score and finish in the championship with a total of 214 that tied for 15th. He finished with a two-under-par score for the third time in four tournaments. He has under-par finishes in four of six spring tournaments and in seven of 11 on the year.
Freshman Bobby MacWhinnie joined Brigham in giving the Terps their first round of the spring with two individuals scoring in the 60s by shooting a three-under 69 in the third round. On the strength of his first career round in the 60s, MacWhinnie finished his first ACC Championship with a two-over total of 218 and tied for 23rd along with junior John Moheyer, who claimed his first top-25 finish in the spring.
Terps At A Glance
In each of its spring tournaments, Maryland has recorded its best score in the final round. The Terps have averaged three-over-par in their final rounds compared to 12.67-over-par in all other rounds.
According to Golfstat's April 17 individual ratings, Brigham is the top golfer in District II and 12th in the ACC with a 72.226 adjusted average. In Golfweek's April 18 individual standings, Brigham is the top-ranked golfer in District II and 18th in the ACC with a rating of 72.28.
The top four teams in District II stand to gain selection to the NCAA Championship. The Terps, ranked first in the district in Golfstat's rankings and second in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, will find out where they will play in the postseason when regional pairings are announced May 6.
Golfstat (April 16) - District II Rankings
Team Overall Head-to-Head
1. Maryland (84) 201-85
2. William & Mary (93) 194-92
3. Penn State (96) 192-94
4. St. John's (107) 181-105
Golfweek/Sagarin (April 18) - District II Rankings
Team Overall Rating
1. Penn State (79) 73.32
2. Maryland (83) 73.48
3. St. John's (101) 73.92
4. William & Mary (118) 74.46