Hokies Finish 15th in Puerto Rico
Sypniewski ties for 33rd individually
March 1, 2005

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Virginia Tech shot a final round 294 on Tuesday and finished in 15th place at the Puerto Rico Classic at the 6,945-yard, par 72 Westin Rio Mar Golf Course River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Tech's three-round total was 903.

Sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) led the Hokies, tying for 33rd at 220, following a final round one-under-par 71. Second-round leader Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State won medalist honors at 204, following a four-under-par 68 on Tuesday.

Redshirt senior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) tied for 43rd at 223, following a final round one-under-par 71. Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and sophomore Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) tied for 73rd at 230 and freshman Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) was 86th at 239.

Second round leader Georgia Tech won the event with a three-round total of 845, four strokes ahead of Florida. Oklahoma State was third at 850 and Arizona State was fourth at 857. First round leader Georgia finished fifth at 865. Minnesota, Duke, East Tennessee State, Clemson and host Purdue rounded out the top 10.

The 18-team event featured one of the top fields in collegiate golf, including five ACC schools. The tournament opened the 2005 spring season for the Hokies. Virginia Tech returns to action on March 13-14 at the General Jim Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.