Hokies Head to Little Rock
Tech seeded fourth at NCAA Central Regional
May 13, 2002 BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech begins play in the 2002 NCAA Central Regional Golf Championship on Thursday, May 16 at the par 72, 7,103-yard Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas-Little Rock is the host of the three-day event. The Hokies enter the event as the fourth seed in the tournament after gaining an automatic berth by winning the 2002 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship in South Bend, Ind. Tech is currently ranked 11th in the Golfstat.com poll, 12th in the GCAA poll and 17th in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll. The top 10 teams from each of the three 27-team regionals advance to the NCAA Golf Championship at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio May 29-June 1. Brian Krusoe, Johnson Wagner, Brendon de Jonge, Chris McKeel and Ryan Stinnett will be competing in the event. This is the same fivesome that finished eighth in the 2001 NCAA Golf Championship in Durham, N.C. De Jonge suffered a rib injury two weeks ago, but has been cleared to compete this week. This is Tech's second straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Hokies, led by head coach Jay Hardwick, finished fifth at the 2001 NCAA East Regional in Williamsburg, before advancing to Durham. Following a practice round on Wednesday, the Hokies will tee off at 11:33 a.m., from the 10th tee on Thursday. Tech will be playing in groups of three along with fifth-seed Oklahoma and and sixth-seed Toledo on Thursday and Friday. Tech's Friday tee time is at 7:30 a.m., from the first tee.