Hokies 18th After Day One at Augusta
    High winds postpone second round
    April 2, 2005

    AUGUSTA, Ga. - Virginia Tech battled high winds on Saturday and shot an opening round 322 and is in 18th place at the Augusta State Invitational at the 7,231-yard, par 72 Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, S.C.

    The teams were able to play just 18 of the 36 holes scheduled for Saturday, due to high winds in the area. The golf course received extensive damage during the first round and was deemed unplayable for the afternoon round. The teams will attempt to play 36 holes on Sunday.

    Sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) and redshirt senior Scott Wise led the Hokies in the first round. Each shot six-over-par 78, good for 22nd place overall. Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State leads the event at two-under-par 70. He was the only golfer under par in the first round.

    Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and freshman Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) each shot 83 and are tied for 73rd place. Freshman Will Oldham (Richmond, Va.) is in 88th place at 85.

    No team shot better than 300 in the first round. East Tennessee State leads the tournament at 15-over-par 303, one stroke better than host Augusta State and two strokes ahead of Georgia Southern. Georgia is fourth at 308 and Notre Dame is fifth at 310. Alabama, North Florida, South Carolina, UCF and Duke round out the top 10 of the 18-team event. Tech trails Clemson by one stroke and Minnesota and NC State by two strokes. The Hokies are just six strokes out of the top 10 of the tournament that features one of the strongest fields in collegiate golf, including six ACC schools.

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