Hokies Finish Fourth at Aiken
    Wise, Kraner tie for fifth
    March 16, 2004

    Aiken, S.C. -- Virginia Tech shot a final round, one-over-par 285 and finished in fourth place at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the par-71, 6,380 Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. on Monday. The Hokies completed the tournament with a three-round total of 11-over-par 863.

    Sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and redshirt junior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) tied for fifth place with identical rounds of 72, 69 and 71 for a total of one-under-par 212. Erik Johansen of South Carolina won medalist honors for the event at nine-under-par 204.

    Senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) tied for 19th at 216 following a final round one-under-par 70 and freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) tied for 33rd at 223. Freshman Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) finished 63rd at 232.

    Sophomore Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) played the tournament as an individual and tied for 28th at 221. He was the low scorer among the five individuals playing the event.

    South Carolina won the tournament with a three-round total of five-under-par 847, six strokes better than host USC-Aiken at 853. Coastal Carolina was third at 857, six strokes ahead of the Hokies. Memphis was fifth at 870. Purdue, Furman, the College of Charleston, Maryland, and South Florida rounded out the top ten in the 14 team tournament.

    Tech shot five-over-par 289 in each of the two rounds played on Monday and the Hokies were fifth after each round on the first day. Tech's final round 285 was the second-best round of the final day.

    Next on the schedule for the Hokies is the Furman Intercollegiate at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. on March 26 and 28. Tech is the three-time defending champion in that event.

    RESULTS
    1    South Carolina           278  281  288    847        -5 
    2    South Carolina-Aiken     287  285  281    853        +1 
    3    Coastal Carolina         282  289  286    857        +5 
    4    Virginia Tech            289  289  285    863       +11 
    5    Memphis, U. of           292  285  293    870       +18 
    6    Purdue University        296  283  293    872       +20 
    7    Furman University        282  302  289    873       +21 
    8    Charleston, Coll. of     294  304  287    885       +33 
         Maryland, U. of          292  299  294    885       +33 
    10   So. Florida, U. of       297  297  294    888       +36 
    11   Florida State Univ.      298  308  299    905       +53 
    12   Va. Commonwealth         295  305  310    910       +58 
         Navy                     304  298  308    910       +58 
    14   Presbyterian College     312  298  311    921       +69 
    
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