Hokies Ninth After Day One at ACC Championship
    Sypniewski tied for 19th
    April 15, 2005

    NEW LONDON, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 308 and is in ninth place at the 2005 ACC Men's Golf Championship at the 7,102-yard, par-72 Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C.

    Sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) shot a three-over-par 75 in the first round and is tied for 19th place overall. Ryan Blaum of Duke shot a four-under-par 68 in the opening round leads the event by two strokes over Brad Tilley of Virginia.

    Freshman Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 23rd place after an opening round 76 and freshman Chad Fultz (Staunton, Va.) is tied for 32nd at 78. Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and redshirt senior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) are tied for 39th place at 79.

    Duke shot an opening round 292 and leads Georgia Tech by one stroke and Florida State by five strokes. North Carolina State and Virginia are tied for fourth at 299 and defending champion Clemson is sixth at 300. Wake Forest and Maryland are tied for seventh at 302, six strokes ahead of the Hokies. North Carolina is in 10th place at 314.

    The 10-team, 54-hole event will continue play with 18 holes on Saturday morning, before concluding with the final 18-hole round on Sunday. The winner of the event receives an automatic berth into one of three NCAA Regionals in May.

    DAY ONE RESULTS
    
    1.	Duke	292
    
    2.	Georgia Tech	293
    
    3.	Florida State	297
    
    4.	NC State	299
    
    	Virginia	299
    
    6.	Clemson	300
    
    7.	Wake Forest	302
    
    	Maryland	302
    
    9.	VIRGINA TECH	308
    
    10.	North Carolina	314
    
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