Hokies Fifth at NCAA Golf
McKeel shoots 67, tied for third overall
May 18, 2001

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech shot an opening round six-under par 282 and is in fifth place after the first day of action at the NCAA East Regional at the Green Course of Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Sophomore Chris McKeel led the Hokies with a 67, good for a tie for third place overall. Freshman Ryan Stinnett and junior Johnson Wagner each shot 71 and are tied for 27th place. Sophomore Brendon de Jonge shot 73 and is tied for 55th and junior Brian Krusoe shot 80 and is tied for 130th place.

"I'm pleased with the way we played today," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "We had four players play real solid. McKeel had a great round and Stinnett and Wagner both played very well."

East Tennessee State leads the event with a 274. Florida is second with a 276 and top-ranked Georgia is third with a 278. North Carolina State is fourth at 281, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Charleston Southern is sixth, at 283

"This is a great field and you have to play well for three rounds," Hardwick said. "This was a good team effort."

Second round action begins Friday morning and the final round is set for Saturday. The top 10 teams from each regional advances to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Durham, N.C., beginning on May 31. Live scoring from the NCAA East Regional is available here.