Hokies Claim Third Straight BIG EAST Title
de Jonge wins medalist honors, McKeel second
April 22, 2003

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Virginia Tech completed a fierce comeback and won the school's third straight conference title 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 Tuesday afternoon.

The Hokies entered the final round trailing Notre Dame by four strokes. The Irish led Tech by nine strokes with three holes to play, but the Hokies fought back and won the title. Tech played the 18th hole at even par, while Notre Dame shot five over par on the final hole.

Senior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) won medalist honors by shooting a three-round total of even-par 210. De Jonge shot a second round two-under-par 68, the only round under par on Monday, and followed that with a one-under-par 69 in the final round, the only round par or better on Tuesday. With the medalist honors, Tech becomes the first school in BIG EAST history to claim three consecutive individual titles by three different players.

Senior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) finished tied for second place at 221, shooting a final round 73. He tied Scott Gustafson of Notre Dame. Redshirt sophomore Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) finished in 10th place at 229 and junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) tied for 11th at 230. Freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) tied for 16th place at 233.

The Hokies shot a three-round total of 889 and finished two strokes ahead of Notre Dame, who shot 891. Georgetown was third at 924. Rutgers was fourth at 927, followed by Seton Hall at 936 and St. John's at 948.

De Jonge and McKeel each earned All-BIG EAST honors for the Hokies. This is the third all-conference honor for McKeel and de Jonge has been honored each of the last two seasons.

With the title, the Hokies earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Pairings for the three NCAA Regionals will be announced on Monday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Tech has advanced out of each of the last two NCAA Regionals. The Hokies finished 20th overall in 2002 and eighth in 2001.

1. Virginia Tech  302- 292- 295= 889
2. Notre Dame     292- 298- 301= 891	
3. Georgetown     300- 309- 315= 924
4. Rutgers        306- 308- 313= 927
5. Seton Hall     302- 319- 315= 936
6. St. John's     308- 318- 322= 948