Hokies Currently Tied for 10th at NCAA Golf
Weather and darkness suspend second round
May 17, 2002

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Virginia Tech fought off inclement weather to post a second round one-under-par 287 and has moved up into a tie for 10th place near the completion of two rounds of the 2002 NCAA Golf Central Regional at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday afternoon.

Thunderstorms forced a pair of delays during Friday's second round, including a three hour delay in the morning that took the Hokies off the course after just a few holes. When play resumed, Tech posted a two-day total of 583. A second delay in the evening forced the round to be suspended for the night due to darkness. The second round will be completed on Saturday morning prior to the final round.

"It was important for us to get off to a good start today because of the impending weather forecast and we did exactly that," Tech head coach Jay Hardwick said. "We had everybody in the hunt the entire day and we were never in the situation that we were playing with just four players."

Junior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) is currently tied for 15th place with a one-under-par 143. Senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) is tied for 34th at 146. Junior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) and senior Brian Krusoe (Northfield, Oh.) are tied for 44th at 147 and sophomore Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is tied for 61st at 149.

"I'm a little disappointed in the way we finished, because we had played so hard all day and gave some shots back at the end," Hardwick said. "But never the less, one under par on this golf course, in these conditions, is a solid round."

Oklahoma State leads the tournament with an eight-under-par 568, followed by Purdue at 569. Oklahoma is third at 577, six strokes better than the Hokies. Tech is tied with Illinois for the 10th position. In all, 18 of the 27 teams completed their second round, including the entire top 14 teams and all but one team, Northwestern, within 10 strokes of the final spot in the top 10.

The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Golf Championship at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks.