Hokies Second After Day One at BIG EAST
de Jonge leads event heading into final round
April 21, 2003

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Virginia Tech recorded a two-round total of 594 and are in second place at the 2003 BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Championship at the 7,011 yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. on Monday afternoon.

The Hokies shot a 302 in the opening round and trailed leader Notre Dame by 10 strokes after the first 18 holes of the day. Tech shot a second round 292, which was tied for the low round of the day and closed to within four shots of the lead at the end of 36 holes of play. The Hokies were the only team to shoot a lower score in the second round than their score in the first round.

Senior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) leads the tournament with a two-round total of one-over-par 141, four strokes ahead of Scott Gustafson of Notre Dame. De Jonge shot a second round two-under-par 68, the only round under par on the day.

Senior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) is in fourth place at 148 and junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is in 13th place at 152. Freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) are tied for 15th place at 154.

Notre Dame leads the event at 590, four strokes ahead of the Hokies. Georgetown is third at 609. Rutgers is fourth at 614, followed by Seton Hall at 621 and St. John's at 626

The final round of the tournament will be played Tuesday morning. The winner of the event will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

1 	Notre Dame	292- 	298= 	590 	
3 	Virginia Tech 	302- 	292= 	594 
2 	Georgetown	300- 	309= 	609
4 	Rutgers	306- 	308= 	614
5 	Seton Hall	302- 	319= 	621
6 	St. John's	308- 	318= 	626