Weaver in British Amateur finals
Hokie to face Australian in 36-hole final
June 22, 2007
LANCASHIRE, England - Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver defeated Chris Wood of Great Britain and Jason Shufflebotham of Wales on Friday and has advanced into the finals at the 2007 British Amateur Championship, being played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England. Weaver, a rising junior from High Point, N.C., will play a 36-hole final against Tim Stewart of Australia on Saturday. The last American to win the event was Jay Sigel in 1979 and the last American to advance into the finals was Jim Holtgrieve in 1983. Weaver won his first round match against Luis Garcia of Spain, 4 & 3 on Wednesday. He defeated Simon Ward of Ireland by two holes on Thursday morning and Kevin McAlpine 2 & 1of Scotland in the fourth round on Thursday afternoon. Both Ward and McAlpine are members of Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team. He defeated Wood, 2 & 1 in the quarterfinals on Friday morning and Shufflebotham, also 2 & 1, in the afternoon semfinals. The British Amateur Championship features 288 players competing for 64 spots in match play. Hokie teammate Jurrian van der Vaart qualified for the event. Tom Glissmeyer of Colorado Springs, Colo. and the University of Southern California, was the only other American to advance to match play. Glissmeyer lost in the fourth round. Weaver competed in the U.S. Amateur last summer and helped lead the Hokies to the 2007 ACC Men's Golf co-championship and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional.