Hokies Fifth at Coastal Carolina
Wise tied for fourth individually
March 8, 2004

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Virginia Tech shot a first round 13-over-par 301 and is in fifth place at the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the par-72, 6,950 TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C. on Monday. Play was suspended during the second round due to darkness.

Redshirt junior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for fourth individually, with an opening-round one-under-par 71. Michael Putnam of Pepperdine, Kevin O'Connell of Virginia and Bill Haas of Wake Forest are tied for the lead at 70, one stroke ahead of Wise.

Senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is tied for 10th, at one-over-par 73 and sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) is tied for 46th at 77. Sophomore Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) is tied for 76th at 80 and freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 89th place at 83.

Pepperdine leads the event at four-over-par 292, five strokes ahead of Wake Forest. Virginia and East Tennessee State are tied for third at 299, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Central Florida, Arkansas, Furman, Louisville and Kansas State round out the top 10 in the 19 team field.

The second round will be completed Tuesday morning, followed by the final round. Next on the schedule for the Hokies is the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Championship at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. on March 15 and 16.

1    Pepperdine Univ.         292            
2    Wake Forest Univ.        297            
3    Virginia, U. of          299            
     East Tennessee St.       299            
5    Virginia Tech            301            
6    UCF                      302            
     Arkansas, U. of          302            
     Furman University        302            
     Louisville, U. of        302            
10   Kansas State Univ.       303            
11   South Alabama, U. of     304            
12   UT-Arlington             305            
13   South Carolina           306            
14   East Carolina Univ.      308            
     Charlotte                308            
16   Coastal Carolina         309            
17   Michigan, U. of          311            
18   Long Beach State         314            
     Coastal Carolina B       314