Hokies Advance at NCAA Golf
    McKeel shoots 69, leads Tech to a tie for ninth place
    May 31, 2001

    DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot a second round three-over par 291 and is tied for ninth place at 585 after the second day of action at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.

    With the combined, two-day total of 585, the Hokies make the 36-hole cut and advance to the final two rounds of the championship. The top 15 teams advance to the final two rounds.

    Sophomore Chris McKeel shot a three-under par 69 to lead the Hokies. He is at 147 for the tournament, tied for 49th place. Sophomore Brendon de Jonge fired a one-under par 71 for a two-day total of 143, and is tied for 14th. Junior Brian Krusoe has a two-day total of 149 and is tied for 61st place and freshman Ryan Stinnett is at 150, tied for 81st. Junior Johnson Wagner is at 152 and is tied for 112th place.

    "Chris McKeel gave us a big boost today," head coach Jay Hardwick. "He went out and birdied 16, 17 and 18, three of the toughest holes on the golf course. It was big for us for Chris to come back after yesterday's 78 and shot 69 today."

    Tech, starting from the 10th tee, opened the day tied for sixth place after a first round six-over par 294. McKeel got the Hokies rolling, as he birdied 16, 17 and 18 to get to three-under par at the turn. On the ninth hole, Tech's final hole of the day, Stinnett, Krusoe and de Jonge made birdie to get Tech to nine-under.

    Arizona leads the 30-team event with a seven-under par 569. Florida is second at 574, after a 10-under par 278 in the second round. Wake Forest is in third place at 576. Augusta State and Georgia are tied in fourth place at 580 and Georgia Tech is sixth at 581. Top-seed East Tennessee State is seventh, at 582 and Clemson is eighth at 583, one stroke better than the Hokies and Oklahoma.

    "The turnout of our fans today was unbelievable," Hardwick said. "It was really a big boost for our team. There were ╬Hokies' all over the golf course, following every group of players today and the players really appreciated it. You talk about Virginia Tech fans and today was a true testament to how supportive they are."

    The Hokies tee off at 8:24 a.m. on Friday morning in round three, grouped with Arizona State and UAB. The teams will be re-grouped and the final round will be played Saturday morning.

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