Maryland Men’s Golf Team To Open 2023 at Big Ten Match Play Championship

Maryland Men’s Golf Team To Open 2023 at Big Ten Match Play Championship

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PALM COAST, Fla. — The Maryland men’s golf team returns to the fairways for the first tournament of the 2023 spring season and the fifth of the 2022-23 campaign in the Big Ten Match Play Championship this week, hosted by the Big Ten together with conference foe Indiana.

During the two-day tournament (February 3-4), the Terrapins will play the par-72 – 6,981-yard course at the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus.

The 15th annual tournament in match play format will consist of a single-elimination bracket using the final Golfstat rankings from November 15, 2022. Play will start at 8:00 a.m. on both days. Each team match will consist of six individual matches.

The team will be led by senior Will Koras of Lutherville, Md, senior Will Celiberti of Ridgewood, NJ, rookie Ronnie Kim of Olney, Md., senior Dillon Brown of Halifax, Mass., rookie Armand Papaziani of Mougins, France, and Constantin Mons of Hamburg, Germany, will complete the Terps lineup.

The No. 9 seed Maryland will have a bye during the morning session and will face the No. 1 seed Northwestern in the afternoon.

“We’re focused on Northwestern right now. They’re the No. 1 seed right now,” head coach John Phillips said. “We’re just focusing on Friday afternoon. Koras, Celiberti and Brown all have experience on the Ocean Course, which will help us prepare for the Wildcats.”

On Saturday, the morning session includes the championship semi-finals and consolation semi-finals, while Saturday afternoon ends with the championship, third, fifth and seventh place matches.

Nine of the 14 conference teams will participate in the tournament: No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Michigan State, defending champions No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Rutgers, No. 7 Penn State , No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Maryland.

Last season, the Terrapins ended the overall Match Play Championship record of 1-2 with a solo victory over Nebraska and Dillon Brown winning two of his three games.

Fans can follow live scores here, and for more information on the Big Ten Match Play Championship, click here.

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