Tech to Play in NCAA East Regional
11th-seeded Hokies headed for Auburn, Alabama
May 5, 2003 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Virginia Tech has been selected to compete in the 2003 NCAA East Regional Golf Tournament at the 7,207 yard, par 72 Auburn University Club at Yarbrough Farms in Auburn, Ala. The tournament, hosted by Auburn University, will take place May 15-17. The Hokies are seeded 11th in the 27 team field. Top-ranked Clemson is the top seed, followed by Augusta State, Wake Forest, Florida and host Auburn is the fifth seed. The top 10 seeds are rounded out by Georgia Tech, Tennessee, South Carolina, the College of Charleston and Vanderbilt. The Hokies are the 11th seed, followed by East Tennessee State, Duke, Georgia State, UNC Wilmington, Alabama, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Penn State and Charleston Southern is the 20th seed. The final seven seeds are Maryland, James Madison, Rhode Island, Yale, Binghamton, Liberty and Jackson State. Second-ranked Texas is the top seed in the Central Regional in Manhattan, Kans. and 11th-ranked UCLA is the top seed in the West Regional in Seattle. Tech will be paired with Vanderbilt and ETSU in the first two rounds. The Hokies will tee off on Thursday, May 15 at 12:18 p.m. CDT on the 10th tee. The Hokies will tee off at 8:15 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 16. The teams will be re-seeded by scores for the final round on Saturday, May 17. The Hokies gained an automatic berth into the field with their victory in the 2003 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., on April 22. The Hokies are the only BIG EAST team to make the field. Tech is ranked 33rd nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll and 35th in the Golfstat.com poll. The top 10 teams from each of the three regionals advance to the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, to be held at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. May 27-30. The Hokies placed eighth at last season's Central Regional in Little Rock, Ark. and fifth at the 2001 East Regional in Williamsburg, Va. Tech was 20th at last season's NCAA Golf Championship in Columbus, Ohio and captured eighth place at the 2001 NCAA Championship in Durham, N.C.