Hokies Win Second Straight BIG EAST Golf Title
Wagner wins individual crown, Hardwick named Coach of the Year
April 21, 2002 SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Virginia Tech successfully defended its title and set new conference records in winning the 2002 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship Sunday at the 6,744 yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) captured individual honors with a one-over-par 70-73-68=211. His three-round total of 211 establishes a new BIG EAST Conference record for low score in a 54-hole event, bettering last season's 215 set by three golfers, including teammate Brian Krusoe. His final round 68 is tied for third-best single round score. Wagner also was the only golfer to break par in a round, as the 68 was the low round of this year's championship. Junior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) tied for fourth place with a seven-over-par 73-71-73=217. Junior Brendon de Jonge tied for seventh place with a 10-over-par 75-73-72=220. Wagner, McKeel and de Jonge all earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors with their top seven finishes. Wagner and McKeel were All-BIG EAST in 2001, as well. Virginia Tech head coach Jay Hardwick won his second consecutive BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year Award. The BIG EAST Conference becomes the third league in which Hardwick has won Coach of the Year honors at least two times, all as head coach of the Hokies. Krusoe (Northfield, Oh.) finished in ninth place at 12-over-par 72-75-75=222. Sophomore Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) tied for 10th place with a 13-over-par 75-70-78=223. The Hokies won the event by 17 strokes with a 25-over-par 290-287-288=865. The 865 also sets a new BIG EAST mark for low round in a 54-hole championship, breaking the old mark of 875 set last season by Virginia Tech. Host Notre Dame finished second at 882, followed by first round leader St. John's at 886. Georgetown was fourth at 989, followed by Seton Hall at 926 and Connecticut at 929. With the 2002 BIG EAST Conference championship, Tech earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals May 16-18.
TEAM RESULTS 1. VIRGINIA TECH 290- 287- 288= 865 2. Notre Dame 297- 289- 296= 882 3. St. John's 288- 296- 302= 886 4. Georgetown 296- 298- 304= 898 5. Seton Hall 307- 295- 324= 926 6. Connecticut 311- 302- 316= 929