Hokies Tied for Sixth After First Round At NCAAs
Krusoe shoots 71, tied for ninth overall
May 30, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round six-over par 294 and is tied for sixth place after the first day of action at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.

Junior Brian Krusoe shot a 71 to lead the Hokies and is tied for ninth place. Sophomore Brendon de Jonge shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 20th place and freshman Ryan Stinnett shot a one-over par 73 and is tied for 31st. Junior Johnson Wagner and sophomore Chris McKeel each shot 78 and are tied for 130th place.

"I'm very pleased with the way we started today," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "We knew we had to get off to a fast start and we did."

Tech got off quickly, as Stinnett, first off the tee for Tech, chipped in for a birdie on the first hole. Stinnett and the Hokies had spent time during Tuesday's practice round chipping from the same location as Stinnett's shot and the work paid dividends with the third stroke of the morning.

The Hokies, along with playing partners Oregon State and defending national champion Oklahoma State, were the tournament's first group teeing off, at 7 a.m. Tech entered the event as the 17th seed. The Hokies completed the first round with solid pars by Krusoe and de Jonge.

Arizona leads the 30-team event with an eight-under par 280. Georgia Tech is second at 289 and Augusta State and Toledo are tied for third, at 292. Top-seed East Tennessee State is fifth at 293, one stroke better than the Hokies, Clemson, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Wake Forest. The College of Charleston and Oregon State are tied for 11th at 295.

"We expected that no team would go out and humble this course," Hardwick said. "It's such a hard course; you have to do everything well. We were able play today's round without a double bogey and I think that says a lot about this team."

Second round action begins Thursday morning, with the Hokies teeing off at noon. The top 15 teams and top nine individuals make the cut for the final two rounds on Friday and Saturday.