Hokies Lead at BIG EAST
Stinnett, Hollerbach one-two individually
April 24, 2004

South Bend, Ind. -- Virginia Tech shot a two-round total of 580 on Saturday and holds a five-stroke lead going into the final round of the 2004 BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Championship at the 7,011 yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) leads the event with a two-round total of three-under-par 137, five strokes ahead of teammate redshirt senior Matt Hollerbach (Tulsa, Okla.), who is in second place with a total of 142. Stinnett's second round 67 was the low round of the day.

Sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) is in 10th place with a two-round total of 149 and freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is 20th at 153. Redshirt junior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for 24th place at 156.

The Hokies lead the event at 580, five strokes ahead of host Notre Dame, at 585. Boston College is third at 593, and Georgetown is fourth at 599. St. John's is fifth at 607 and Rutgers is sixth at 618.

Tech shot an opening round 292 and trailed Notre Dame by two strokes entering the second, but followed that with a 288, seven strokes better than the Irish's 295.

Sypniewski played the 36 holes on Saturday despite a trip to a South Bend area hospital on Friday night with severe abdominal pain. He was released at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and was able to complete his two rounds.

Tech is the three-time defending champion in the event. The final round will be played Sunday. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Regionals.

1 VIRGINIA TECH        +20   292   288   580 
2 Notre Dame, U. of    +25   290   295   585 
3 Boston College       +33   295   298   593 
4 Georgetown Univ.     +39   302   297   599 
5 St. John's Univ.     +47   306   301   607 
6 Rutgers University   +58   313   305   618