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    Hokies Finish 20th at NCAA Golf
    McKeel finishes in 33rd place
    June 1, 2002

    COLUMBUS, Oh. - Virginia Tech shot a final round 295 and finished in 20th place at the 2002 NCAA Golf Championship at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus. Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

    The Hokies entered the final round in 16th place, but Tech shot 11-over-par on the front nine (the second nine of the day) and finished with a four-day total of 25-over-par 1161.

    Minnesota won the event with a two-under-par 1134 after firing a final round six-under-par 278. Third round leader Georgia Tech finished second at 1138 and Clemson and Texas finished tied for third at 1142.

    "We played the back nine well today; its been the nine holes that's given everybody trouble all week," Head Coach Jay Hardwick said. "We turned even and it gave us an opportunity, because we had played the front nine well all week. And today we just did not play well, to a man. We didn't get any low scores on the front nine. And when you struggle in this kind of field, your going to back up."

    Junior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) finished tied for 33rd place at two-over-par 286. Junior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe finished tied for 51st place at five-over-par 289. Senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) finished in a tie for 59th place at 290. Senior Brian Krusoe (Northfield, Oh.) finished in a tie for 135th place with a 301 and sophomore Ryan Stinnettt (Amherst, Va.) was tied for 138th place with a 302.

    "I'm proud of the effort that the players gave this week and all season," Hardwick said. "I'm very pleased for Chris, who has really played his best golf of the last two years in post season. I'm extremely proud of the overall seasons that Brendon and Johnson had and hope they will receive their due when post-season awards are announced."

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