Hokies Drop Back in Round Three of NCAA Golf
De Jonge fires 69 on Friday
May 31, 2002

COLUMBUS, Oh. - Virginia Tech fell back to 16th place after shooting an 11-over-par 295 in the third round of the 2002 NCAA Golf Championship at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

The Hokies played through high winds during their morning round and play was delayed for the third consecutive day due to afternoon thunderstorms. The weather conditions forced the highest scores of the week in round three.

"After going from 14 strokes behind the first day to eight strokes behind after the second round, we felt, that with the golf course playing as tough as it did, we would have a good opportunity to put ourselves back in contention, if we played well," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "Unfortunately, we had to count the highest round we've counted all year and that made it impossible to gain ground on everyone."

Junior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot the low round of the day for the Hokies, firing a two-under-par 69, Tech's only sub-70 round of the week. De Jonge is tied for 29th place at one-over-par 214 Junior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) leads the Hokies with a three-day, even-par 213 and is tied for 24th place.

"Brendon's 69 today was an excellent round under the conditions, and Chris McKeel continues to play his best event of the season," Hardwick said. "Tomorrow we've got to get off to a quick start and try to make some things happen early."

Senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) is tied for 60th place at 217. Sophomore Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) is tied for 133rd place at 225 and senior Brian Krusoe (Northfield, Oh.) is tied for 141st place at 227 Wagner fired a third round two-over-par 73 and Stinnett and Krusoe both shot 80 in the third round.

"While we did pick up three shots on second round co-leader Clemson, we dropped five shots to Georgia Tech and are now faced with the task of shooting a great last round if we are to have any chance of winning the championship," Hardwick said.

The final round of the tournament is schedule for Saturday. The Hokies will tee off at noon from the 10th tees and will be matched with Illinois and Oklahoma State.