Hokies Second After Day One at Furman
Stinnett, Kraner tied for seventh
March 26, 2004

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Virginia Tech shot an opening round, five-over-par 293 and is in second place at the Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,800 Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. on Friday.

Sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) each shot even-par 72 and are tied for seventh place after the first round. James Hockman of Elon and T.J. Blandford of Furman lead the event at three-under-par 69.

Redshirt junior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for 19th place at 74 and freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 32nd at 75. Freshman Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) shot an opening round 82 and is tied for 108th.

Sophomore Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) and redshirt senior Matt Hollerbach (Tulsa, Okla.) are playing the tournament as individuals. Nicholson is tied with Sypniewski at 75 and Hollerbach is tied for 47th at 76.

Host Furman leads the tournament after posting a first round two-under-par 286. The Paladins lead the Hokies by seven strokes. Elon and Michigan are tied for third at 295 and UNC Wilmington is fifth at 297. Charleston Southern, UNC Greensboro, Northwestern, UNC Charlotte and Davidson round out the top 10 in the 20-team event.

Wise got the weekend off to a great start on Thursday, as he recorded his first career hole-in-one, when he made a four-iron on the 212-yard fourth hole during the practice round.

Tech is the three-time defending champion in the event, which has hosted some of the top names in collegiate golf over the years. No team had ever won the event three straight years before the Hokies pulled the feat last season. Next on the schedule for the Hokies is the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. on April 3 and 4.

         1   Furman University        286            -2 
         2   Virginia Tech            293            +5 
         3   Elon University          295            +7 
             Michigan, U. of          295            +7 
         5   N. Car. Wilmington       297            +9 
         6   Charleston Southern      298           +10 
             N. Car.- Greensboro      298           +10 
         8   Northwestern             299           +11 
         9   Charlotte                300           +12 
        10   Davidson College         303           +15 
        11   Rhode Island, U. of      304           +16 
        12   Coastal Carolina         305           +17 
        13   Marshall University      306           +18 
        14   East Carolina Univ.      307           +19 
        15   Western Carolina U.      308           +20 
        16   Winthrop University      309           +21 
             Wofford College          309           +21 
             Appalachian State U.     309           +21 
        19   Tenn.-Chattanooga        310           +22 
        20   Furman B                 314           +26