Hokies Seventh After Day One at Furman
MacDonald tied for 13th overall
March 25, 2005

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 290 and is in seventh place at the 36th annual Furman Intercollegiate at the 6,800-yard, par 72 Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

Freshman Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot a one-under-par 71 and is tied for 13th place overall. Jake Lowder of UNC Greensboro leads the tournament after a first round five-under-par 67. MacDonald was one of 21 players to shoot under-par on Friday.

Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) is tied for 22nd after shooting even-par 72 and sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 34th at 73. Redshirt senior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for 46th at 74 and junior Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) is tied for 95th at 79.

Three Hokies are playing the tournament as individuals. Freshman Will Oldham (Richmond, Va.) is tied for 22nd at 72 and freshman Chad Fultz (Staunton, Va.) is tied for 54th at 76. Sophomore Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 87th at 78.

Coastal Carolina leads the event after the first round at six-under-par 282, three strokes better than USC Aiken. UNC Greensboro is third at 286, Charleston Southern is fourth at 287 and Charlotte and host Furman are tied for fifth at 288, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Marshall, Elon and Michigan round out the top 10.

The 20-team tournament will play round two on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. and the final round on Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m. Tech finished second in the event last season following three consecutive championships at the Furman Intercollegiate.