Hokie Golfers Earn BIG EAST Honors
Three repeat winners among the group
April 22, 2002 Three Virginia Tech golfers and head coach Jay Hardwick earned individual honors from the BIG EAST Conference this season. Senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.), who won medalist honors at the 2002 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship at Notre Dame on April 21, was named All-BIG EAST Conference. He is joined by junior teammates Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) and Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe). Wagner and McKeel were All-BIG EAST in 2001, as well. 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. All five Hokie golfers finished in the top 10 individually. The team set conference records for low 54-hole team total (865) and Wagner's 54-hole total of 211. With the win, Tech earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals May 16-18. Tech is currently ranked 11th nationally in the Precept/GCAA coaches' poll, 16th in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll and 10th in both the Golfstat.com NCAA Division I Head-to-Head rankings and the GolfWorld poll. De Jonge is currently ranked fifth by Golfstat.com and eighth in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Wagneris ranked 27th by Golfstat.com and 32nd by Golfweek/Sagarin.