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.

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