Hokies Finish 14th at Augusta
Wise ties for 21st individually
April 3, 2005

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Virginia Tech battled the elements again on Sunday and finished in 14th place at the Augusta State Invitational at the 7,231-yard, par 72 Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, S.C. Tech entered the 36-hole final day in 18th place, but shot rounds of 313 and 304 to finish with a three-round total of 939.

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

Redshirt senior Scott Wise led the Hokies, shooting a three-round total of 230, good for a tie for 21st place. Chris Kirk of Georgia won medalist honors at one-over-par 217. Wise had Tech's best round of the tournament with his final round 72 on Sunday.

Sophomore Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) tied for 32nd place at 234. Junior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and freshman Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) each shot 240 and tied for 61st place. Freshman Will Oldham (Richmond, Va.) tied for 70th place at 242.

Host Augusta State won the title, with a three-round total of 896, one stroke better than runner-up Georgia. Georgia Southern was third at 911 and Minnesota and East Tennessee State tied for fourth at 922. Notre Dame, Alabama, Southern California, South Carolina and a tenth place tie between Central Florida and Duke rounded out the top ten. Clemson was 12th at 937, one stroke better than North Carolina and two strokes ahead of the Hokies.

The 18-team event, which featured six ACC schools, had only five of 54 rounds under 300 and no rounds under par. Tech wraps up the regular season on Friday and Saturday at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate at Devils Ridge Golf Club in Holly Springs, N.C.