Tech Leads BIG EAST Championship
Krusoe leads event at 143
April 28, 2001

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Virginia Tech shot 291-297=588 to take a two-stroke lead after the first day of the 2001 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship Saturday afternoon. The event is being played at the par-70, 6,464-yard Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I.

Hokie junior Brian Krusoe fired a three-over-par 143 and leads the event by one stroke. Sophomore Chris McKeel shot 70-71=144 and is tied for second place. Junior Johnson Wagner shot 74-77=151 and is in 12th place and sophomore Brendon de Jonge shot 77-75=152 and is tied for 13th place. Tech freshman Ryan Stinnett shot 75-79=154 and is in a tie for 18th place.

The Hokies, ranked 19th in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll and 24th in the Mastercard poll, entered the event as the top seed. Tech shot a 291 in the morning round and took a seven stroke lead into the afternoon session of the six-team event. The winner of the championship earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.

St. John's trails the Hokies by two strokes, after shooting a 304-286=590. Defending champion Seton Hall is third, with a 298-300=598 and Georgetown is fourth with a 305-296=601. Rutgers is in fifth place with a 300-304=604 and Notre Dame is sixth, with a 307-305=612.

Tech entered the tournament having won its last two events. Krusoe's 143 is tied for the fifth-best 36-hole score in BIG EAST Championship history. This is the first year that the tournament has been played as a 54-hole championship and also the first season that Virginia Tech has been a member of the BIG EAST Conference. The final round will be played Sunday morning.

		1	2	Total
1.	Virginia Tech	291	297	588
2.	St. John's	304	286	590
3.	Seton Hall	298	300	598
4.	Georgetown	305	296	601
5.	Rutgers	300	304	604
6.	Notre Dame	307	305	612