Tech to Play in NCAA Central Regional
Fourth-seeded Hokies to play in Little Rock
May 6, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech has been selected to compete in the 2002 NCAA Central Regional Golf Tournament at the Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Little Rock, Ark. The tournament, hosted by Arkansas-Little Rock, will take place May 16-18.

The Hokies are seeded fourth behind Texas Christian, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State. Oklahoma is the fifth seed, followed by Toledo, Purdue, Lamar, Baylor and Alabama rounding out the top 10. The rest of the 27-team field in Little Rock is LSU, Tulsa, Kansas, SMU, Illinois, Houston, Missouri, Colorado, Texas-Arlington, Northwestern, Arkansas State, Maryland, St. John's, Austin Peay, Princeton, Army and Jackson State.

Top-ranked Georgia Tech is the top seed in the East Regional in Atlanta and Southern California is the top seed in the West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Hokies gained an automatic berth into the field with their victory in the 2002 BIG EAST Conference Golf Championship at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., on April 21.

Tech is ranked 10th nationally in the poll, 12th in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll and 18th in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll. The top 10 teams from each of the three regionals advance to the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, to be held at the Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course May 29-June 1. The Hokies placed fifth at last season's East Regional in Williamsburg, Va., and captured eighth place at the NCAA Championship at Duke University Golf Course in Durham, N.C.