Tech Ties for Fifth at NCAA Regional
Hokies advance to NCAA Championship
May 19, 2001

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech shot a final round 279 on route to an 843 and tied top-ranked Georgia for fifth place at the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional Saturday morning. The event was played at the Green Course of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va.

Four Hokies shot under-par in the final round, led by junior Johnson Wagner, who fired a four-under par 68 and finished the event tied for seventh overall with a three-day total of 209. Junior Brian Krusoe and sophomore Brendon de Jonge each shot two-under par 70 on Saturday. Sophomore Chris McKeel shot one-under par 71 and freshman Ryan Stinnett was one-over par 73.

McKeel finished the event tied for 17th place with a 211 and de Jonge and Stinnett tied in 33rd place, at 213. Krusoe was tied for 97th place at 225.

With the finish, Tech advances to the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., May 31-June 3.

"We've been a final-round team all year and today was no different," Head Coach Jay Hardwick said. "I'm proud of the fact the players wanted to play the top teams."

"My hat's off to the teams ahead of us. When you go out and play well and put up outstanding rounds, it makes everyone play better."

East Tennessee State won the event, shooting 828. North Carolina State was second at 836 and Florida was third at 837. Clemson finished fourth at 842, one stroke ahead of the Hokies and Georgia, at 843. Georgia Tech finished seventh at 846, Georgia Southern was eighth at 849 and UAB was ninth at 855. Mississippi defeated Duke in a playoff to capture the 10th and final position in the NCAA Championship, at 856.

"One of our goals this season was to advance to the NCAA Championship," Hardwick said. "We certainly look forward to competing for the national championship."

Tech's final score of 843 shatters the former school record for a 54-hole event. The old record was 868 during the fall, when Tech won the Adams Cup of Newport Tournament. The 21-strokes under par is also a new school record.

During the event, all five players for the Hokies had at least one round under par. Wagner finished under-par in all three rounds.

"Depth has been the key to our success," Hardwick said. "Everyone was focused on the fact that we could compete in this event. It was a different player every day; we have five #1' players."