Tech Sets Record in Win at Furman
    McKeel wins medalist honors
    March 23, 2003

    Greenville, S.C. -- Virginia Tech shot a final round 290 on Sunday and finished at 869 to claim the championship of the Furman Intercollegiate at the 6,800 yard, par-72 Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. With the victory, the Hokies become the first team in the 34-year history to win the Furman Intercollegiate in three consecutive years.

    Senior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) shot a three-day total of 211 and won medalist honors in the event by two strokes. The win is McKeel's first collegiate victory.

    Senior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for second at 213. De Jonge, the medalist in last season's event, finished in a four-way tie for second place and shot a final round 71.

    Freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) tied for 28th at 224. Redshirt sophomore Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) tied for 35th at 225. Redshirt junior Matt Hollerbach (Tulsa, Okla.), who competed as an individual in the event, tied for 40th at 226 and freshman Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.), also competing as an individual, tied for 81st at 235.

    The Hokies defeated the host Paladins by four strokes. Furman had a three-day total of 873. Purdue finished third at 877 and Virginia finished fourth at 883. Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five at 885.

    Tech surpasses a group of two-time winners including Wake Forest (twice), Georgia Southern, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson, to win the event three consecutive years. The Hokies next play April 5 and 6 at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.

    TEAM RESULTS

    1 Virginia Tech 290 289 290 869 +5
    2 Furman 291 289 293 873 +9
    3 Purdue 299 285 293 877 +13
    4 Virginia 306 295 282 883 +19
    5 Coastal Carolina 293 296 296 885 +21
    6 Francis Marion 296 296 294 886 +22
    7 Charleston Southern 303 302 285 890 +26
    8 UNC Greensboro 302 298 295 895 +31
    Wofford 299 295 301 895 +31
    10 Memphis 298 306 292 896 +32
    11 Old Dominion 304 294 299 897 +33
    12 East Carolina 297 306 298 901 +37
    13 Winthrop 307 295 302 904 +40
    14 Elon 303 301 308 912 +48
    15 Marshall 303 305 307 915 +51
    16 Davidson 317 295 312 924 +60
    17 Chattanooga 313 312 305 930 +66
    18 Furman B 317 309 307 933 +69
    19 Texas-Pan American 322 310 303 935 +71
    20 The Citadel 315 318 303 936 +72
    21 Western Carolina 320 323 306 949 +85
    22 Appalachian State 319 323 308 950 +86
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