Hokies 17th After First Round in Puerto Rico
Sypniewski tied for 22nd individually
February 27, 2005

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 301 and is tied for 17th place after the opening round of the Puerto Rico Classic at the 6,945-yard, par 72 Westin Rio Mar Golf Course River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon. The tournament opens the 2005 spring season for the Hokies.

Sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) was the only Hokie under par on Sunday, shooting a one-under 71. He is tied for 22nd after the first round. James Vargas of Florida leads after day one, following a seven-under-par 65.

Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) is tied for 51st after a first round at 75 and redshirt senior Scott Wise is tied for 66th at 76. Sophomore Carl Wakely shot an opening round 79 and is tied for 83rd and freshman Nick MacDonald is tied for 87th at 80.

Georgia leads the event with a first round score of 278, one stroke ahead of Florida. Clemson and Georgia Tech are tied for third at 280 and Oklahoma State is fifth at 282. Arizona State, NC State, Oklahoma, Alabama and Duke round out the top 10. Tech and Kent State are tied for 17th at 301, one stroke behind Michigan and Northwestern.

The 18-team, 54 hole tournament, hosted by Purdue, continues Monday with 18 holes and concludes with a final round on Tuesday. The event features one of the top fields in collegiate golf, including five ACC schools. Only 13 strokes separate the field after the first round.