Hokies Lead at Birkdale
McKeel, de Jonge tied for 10th individually
March 15, 2003 Huntersville, N.C. -- Virginia Tech shot an opening round 290 and leads the Birkdale Collegiate Classic at the 7,013 yard, par-72 Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville, N.C. The event, originallly scheduled for 54 holes, is being shortened to 36 holes due to heavy rain on Saturday. The final round will be played on Sunday morning. Seniors Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) and Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) are tied for 10th place, after each shot even-par 72 on Saturday. Geoffrey Harris of Old Dominion leads the tournament after shooting an opening round 67. Redshirt sophomore Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) and freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) are tied for 17th place at 73. Junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is tied for 33rd following a 75. The Hokies enter the final round with a two stroke lead over Old Dominion and North Carolina, who shot 292 in the first round. Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern are tied for fourth at 293 and East Carolina is sixth at 294. UNC Wilmington is seventh at 295, one stroke better than Missouri, at 296. UNC Greensboro and Virginia round out the top 10 at 298. Tech travels to Greenville, S.C., next weekend, to play in the Furman Intercollegiate.
TEAM RESULTS 1. Virginia Tech 290 2. Old Dominion 292 North Carolina 292 4. Coastal Carolina 293 Georgia Southern 293 6. East Carolina 294 7. UNCW 295 8. Missouri 296 9. UNC Greensboro 298 VirginiA 298 11. VCU 304 Wofford 304 13. ETSU 307 14. Davidson 309 15. Belmont Abbey 310 16. Pfeiffer 312 17. Charlotte 316 18. Northern Illinois 319