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Hokies 18th at NCAA East Regional
De Jonge tied for 44th individually
May 16, 2003

AUBURN, Ala. - Virginia Tech shot a second round 301 and is tied for 18th place after the first two rounds at the NCAA East Regionals at the par 72, 7,207 yard Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.

Brendon de Jonge (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 44th individually at three-over-par 147. Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech has the individual lead at nine-under-par 135. Junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is tied for 54th place at four-over-par 148. He shot a team-best even-par 72 on Friday.

Senior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) is tied for 78th place at 152. Freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) is tied for 110th place at 156 and redshirt freshman Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for 121st place at 159.

"We needed to make a move today, but we didn't start well," Head Coach Jay Hardwick said. "We fought back hard during the middle of the round, but just couldn't sustain the momentum at the end."

Top-ranked Clemson leads the event at 562. First round co-leader Georgia Tech is second at 567 and Tennessee is third at 572. Florida, Wake Forest and Duke are tied for fourth at 578. Augusta State is seventh at 580, South Carolina is eighth at 581 and Vanderbilt and Auburn are tied for ninth at 582. The Hokies are tied for 18th place with Rhode Island at 603.

The Hokies tee off in Saturday's final round at 11:51 a.m. CDT, in a group with East Tennessee State and UNC Wilmington. The top 10 teams from each of the three regionals advance to the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. the last week in May.

"Obviously, it's a long shot for us to make it," Hardwick said "But, if we can play a great round, anything can happen, as we found out at the BIG EAST Championship."

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